January 3, 2019 / 7:23 PM / 14 days ago

Reports: Two Grizzlies spar, need to be restrained after loss

Memphis Grizzlies players Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple had to be separated during a postgame meeting that turned physical following Wednesday night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, The Athletic and ESPN reported.

FILE PHOTO: Jan 2, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple (17) goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff called a closed-door, locker-room meeting with players and coaches following the Grizzlies’ third straight loss, during which Casspi and Temple had a physical altercation, according to the reports.

The Athletic reported that Casspi took umbrage with criticism that the bench unit was not playing with enthusiasm, leading to words being exchanged with Temple and a brief altercation.

“A conversation that needed to be had that will stay between those of us that were in that locker room,’’ is all that Bickerstaff said about the session.

General manager Chris Wallace issued an apology on Thursday.

“When losing happens, obviously emotions get frayed and we’re very passionate and competitive people in this game,” Wallace said. “Unfortunately, we had an incident.”

“Some things were said and some things happened,” Temple added Thursday. “At the end of the day we’re brothers. We’ve known each other since we were rookies. At the end of the day, we came out of that meeting ... on the same page and we’re moving on from it.”

The loss was the 10th for Memphis (18-19) in its past 13 games.

Temple scored seven points on 2-of-8 shooting against the Pistons while Casspi went scoreless in just five minutes played. Temple led the team in minutes played with 37.

Mike Conley (19.9 points per game) went scoreless in a start for the first time since December 2015.

The Grizzlies return to action Friday at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

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