Grizzlies' frustrations lead to 'altercation' between Garrett Temple, Omri Casspi, report says

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The Grizzlies are slumping and now, according to one report, they're fighting, too.

Memphis players Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi took part in an "altercation" after the team's 101-94 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported. The scuffle reportedly took place during a closed-door team meeting.

Grizzlies veterans Marc Gasol and Mike Conley stuck around the locker room to handle postgame interviews after the doors were opened, and while they didn't confirm Charania's report, they also acknowledged the team is searching for answers amid its current skid (2-8 in its last 10 games, which has dropped Memphis' record to 18-19).

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“We were openly sharing our thoughts (in the meeting) and trying to fix the situation and getting back into being a really good basketball team together and doing the things we need to do consistently to win games," Gasol said, per the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.

"Losing causes a lot of frustration at the end of the day. If we had won tonight, nobody is talking," said Conley, who failed to score as he played through a shoulder ailment.

Temple, 32, has started all 37 of the Grizzlies' games this season as their top shooting guard. Casspi, 30, is a reserve forward.

Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff did not comment on Charania's report, either, but he did say a meeting was merited.

"I think addressing larger issues was the conversation that we needed to have," Bickerstaff said, per the Commercial Appeal. "Right now, it's not X's and O's that need to be resolved. I think we resolved some of those issues tonight."

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