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The Grizzlies need O.J. Mayo to sharpen his shooting focus. He's not taking good shots, and he's missing far too many field-goal attempts.
Mayo is shooting poorly from the field, hitting only 29.2 percent. In only one game to this point has he hit at least 40 percent of his shots. In each of the last three games, Mayo has made just one shot while missing five or more.
In the first two games he was a significant scorer. He hit four three-point attempts en route to 17 points in Game 1. In Game 2, he shot his way to scoring prominence for the night, going 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line and finishing with 20 points.
The Grizzlies benefited from significant scoring in the regular season from Mayo, their No. 4 scorer. He was their only reliable scorer off the bench most of the season.
The Grizzlies can sometimes make up for lost scoring by plugging it in somewhere else. In Game 3, Quincy Pondexter made up for the lost scoring, putting up 11 points, although all of those points came in the first half.
Since then, the Grizzlies haven't found much bench scoring from anyone. No one scored double figures off the bench for the Grizzlies in Game 4 or 5 as Mayo normally does.
The Grizzlies need Mayo to heat back up. They rely on him to keep the offense going while scorers from the starting unit rest. Furthermore, they need the instant offense and aggressiveness that Mayo provides.