I've definitely seen better performances out of this Grizzlies team, but, hey, a win is a win.
Credit Rudy Gay, who took over this game for the Grizzlies, posting 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in just over 40 minutes, leading the Grizzlies to a 96-89 win. This is the second-straight win for the Grizzlies, moving them to 14-3 on the season.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol played a bit of a "rest" game, with Gasol logging just 29 minutes and Z-Bo playing for 32. They combined for just 28 total points.
Once again, Quincy Pondexter was a force off the bench, scoring 16 points for the second straight game, which made him responsible for 16 of the team's 27 bench points.
In terms of efficiency, the Grizzlies shot 50 percent from the floor and 8-of-17 from beyond the arc, but good numbers -- by our standards, 8-of-17 from three is a good night. They did, however, turn the ball over 16 times to the Hornets 12 turnovers.
The Hornets second-unit was what kept them in this game. The starters were pretty bad. The bench for the future Pelicans scored 48 of the team's 89 points. In fact, I was pretty impressed by Austin Rivers and his ability to penetrate and get to the basket. Now, again, our bigs pretty much took three quarters off, until they were needed late in the 4th, but Rivers at least looked like an NBA player tonight.
I think the key here to remember is that Lionel Hollins took an approach where he made sure the team did just enough to win -- not maybe the best move, given that in the end they had to battle it out with the second unit of the Hornets, but...
I suspect that with a game against the Hawks tomorrow night, the approach might be to exert the bigs against a more physical Atlanta team, whereas tonight it was all about the movement and Rudy Gay taking advantage of the huge mis-match.
They will, though, need a better performance tomorrow night in order to beat the Hawks.
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