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A Z-bo-less (word?) Grizz squad stomp Orlando 108-82
We all saw it coming; this was a trap game if there ever was one. Coming off a hard fought match against the defending champions in Miami, and playing a Magic team who gave the Grizz all they wanted with an 8 man roster back in February, what would the mindset be tonight coming into Orlando?
As Pete Pranica reminded us several times during the broadcast, "Professional."
Any lingering frustrations the Grizz carried over from Friday’s battle with Lebron and crew manifested themselves in a 108-32 trouncing of Orlando, allowing the boys in blue to improve to 39-19 despite being without Z-bo, who sat out to rest the ankle he injured early in the game Friday.
Getting off to a hot start shooting, the Grizz mounted a 29-19 lead after the first, with a lot of help from Marc’s 5 assists in the first frame. Gasol went on to break his career record for assists in a single game, dishing out eleven dimes to go along with his 12 points. He was five rebounds short of a triple double. It was a night for assists, apparently, as the Grizz as a team also broke a season high record for assists in a game with 31.
After the first, things went south for the Magic quick, as the Grizz went on a 13-0 run and turned in a 60-35 halftime score, and it really did not get much closer than that the rest of the game.
All of the Grizzlies starters scored in double figures, except for Darrell who left the game in the second after a nasty collision with Al Herrington, with Tayshaun leading all Grizz scorers with 14. Pondexter added 12 on 3-6 shooting behind the arc and Ed Davis recorded his first double-double wearing a Memphis jersey.
John Leuer even got in on the offensive action tonight, shooting 3-4 from the field and pulling in 3 offensive rebounds, obviously both career highs since his arrival in Memphis.
The Grizz come back home for Wednesday night’s game against ROTY leading candidate Damian Lillard and All-star LaMarcus Aldridge, in a contest which is one that the Grizzlies should certainly win but will more than likely be slightly more difficult than this one.
Ed Davis had himself a nice game, but boy does he suck at the charity stripe
Prince pulled in a rebound...sitting down. Insert long-arm joke here.
DA is going to have a sore neck and head tomorrow morning. Get that a man a pillow for the plane!
Andrew Nicholson still looks like an orc.