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Marc Gasol calls the Memphis Grizzlies' current slump "embarrassing and sad"

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The Memphis Grizzlies are in the middle of a slump after losing their fourth consecutive game on Saturday night.

They were soundly beaten on their home floor by the red-hot Houston Rockets 105-83 and it sees the team drop below .500.

The Grizzlies were once again without point guard Mike Conley and struggled to find any rhythm offensively.

They shot 36 percent from the field and were held to only 25.6 percent in the second half alone. They found it tough to get anything going from three-point range, in particular, as they only made just 7-of-23 attempts (25.9 percent).

All-Star Marc Gasol had a difficult night shooting 6-of-17 from the field and posted just 15 points.

After the game, the Spaniard had some strong words to say about the current level Memphis is playing at.

"There's no consistency," said Gasol. "It's going to be really hard to win consistently. You might win games every now and then, you might even stay at .500, but that's not enough.

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"That's not what we built here for 10 years. That's not it. That's not what we stood for and to me, it's embarrassing and sad."

The veteran center pointed to "selfishness" as one of the reasons behind their slump and says they will not find any success unless they play as a collective unit.

When asked what the team's problems are, Gasol said: "There’s a few of them, obviously. I think selfishness, but I don’t want to think it’s in a bad way.

"I don’t think guys are being selfish intentionally, but definitely thinking too much, or they’re allowed to think too much on themselves than on the team. We’ve got to get stops as a team.

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"We’ve got to get good shots as a team. If we don’t do that, it’s a ripple effect that’s just hard to stop. You allow some things to happen, and it’s just hard."

The 32-year-old told reporters that it took him 20 minutes to gather his thoughts before speaking with them as he didn't know what to say. In the end, he simply chose to offer an apology to the Grizzlies fans.

"The only thing I can say is I apologise because that’s not what our fans are used to seeing and we’ve got to figure it out," he said.

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Having spent 9 years with the franchise, the former Defensive Player of the Year is the leader of the team and has the authority to make such strong remarks.

It's very rare to see him express his frustrations in public, though, but he's hoping that it will have an effect on the rest of the team and help them to get out of their current troubles.

It'll be interesting to see how the team reacts to the comments of its star player.

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