Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple Involved In Physical Altercation Following Grizzlies' Loss

Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple Involved In Physical Altercation Following Grizzlies' Loss

"The Memphis Grizzlies' emotional team meeting after loss to Detroit tonight turned physical in an altercation between veterans Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi in locker room, league sources tell", Charania wrote on his personal Twitter account.

The Pistons were without Zaza Pachulia (leg contusion), Stanley Johnson (thigh contusion) and Ish Smith (abductor muscle tear) for Tuesday night's loss in Milwaukee, and head to Memphis 0-3 to close out a four-game trip.

"A conversation that needed to be had that will stay between those of us that were in that locker room", Bickerstaff said about the session. Temple and Casspi exchanged words and had a physical exchange before they were separated, according to those sources.

"Some things were said, and some things happened", Temple said. The Grizzlies also lost on the road against the Houston Rockets on New Year's Eve, and last Saturday, they blew a 19-point lead in a home defeat to the Boston Celtics. "Right now, it's not X's and O's that need to be resolved". Marc Gasol and Mike Conley - two team leaders - were the only players remaining in the Grizzlies' locker room when it finally opened to the media.

"When that win is within reach you know, you get a little extra boost", Griffin said of playing down the stretch.

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It marked the first time Conley was held scoreless since December 8, 2015, against Oklahoma City when he played 22 minutes.

The incident occurred following a 101-94 home loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Anderson scored 15 points. Gasol matched his rival's double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the February loss at Detroit before almost logging a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Grizzlies' home win in April.

While it may seem like a low point, Bickerstaff said it's how they respond and bounce back that will determine how the rest of the season plays out.

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