Now that's more like it! The Grizzlies picked up a much-needed road victory on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Grizzlies looked sloppy and sluggish against the short-handed Nuggets, but that wasn't the case on Wednesday night. They proved that holding onto the ball was something they were capable of.
Memphis had 27 assists to 12 turnovers, which is a marked improvement over Tuesday's game. Naturally, Mike Conley was a big part in setting up the offense for the Grizz. He went for 22 points, 3 threes, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and just 2 turnovers. You love the fact that he got to the line 12 times, showing how aggressive he can be. As a whole, the team got to the line 30 times. This, you like to see.
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The one concern you still have with Conley is on the defensive side of the ball. There were times where he struggled to stay in front of Luke Ridnour, which, to be honest, shouldn't be much of a tough defensive matchup. Jason Williams, at times, was the better defensive option for the Grizzlies.
O.J. Mayo once again made a nice contribution, scoring 9 points with 6 assists and 3 steals. He did shoot 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, but Mayo is a shooter/scorer. This is where he lives. I like how he tried to push the offense with the second unit, a role which I mentioned can really help this team as they make their playoff run.
Zach Randolph helped keep Kevin Love in check. Love took just 11 shots from the field, some of which were a bit out of his range, and while he ended up on the free-throw line eight times, Randolph helped to keep Love off balance while leading the charge on the offensive end.
Sam Young was a big help on the glass, pulling down nine rebounds. The key when you're going up against the Wolves is controlling the glass. Where Memphis faltered, though, was on the defensive glass. The Grizzlies allowed 18 offensive rebounds, including 5 of those to Nikola Pekovic.
The Grizzlies cannot allow 18 offensive rebounds. Even if it is against Love and company.
Tony Allen followed up his spectacular play on Tuesday with 16 points in 36 minutes. Defensively, he also made his contributions known. The Grizzlies, unlike in the Nuggets game on Tuesday, as a whole were solid defensively. By nature, they're not a great defensive team, so when you can hold the T-Wolves to 37 percent shooting from the floor and 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc, you have to pat yourselves on the back.
Credit the defense, the minimal turnovers, and the effort to get into fluid sets on offense for this victory.
The Grizzlies next will head home for a date with the Sacramento Kings, who are 14-41 on the season and currently without their star Tyreke Evans, on Saturday night.