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Grizzly Bear Blues Grind Prophecies: Pondering Quincy

It's the favorite game of the Memphis Grizzlies bench roster this season - hide and go seek.

Ezra Shaw

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2013 - Quincy Pondexter 12 17.2 1.5 4.3 34.6 0.6 1.9 30.4 0.8 1.3 66.7 0.7 1.3 2.0 1.1 1.0 0.2 0.1 1.3 4.4

For our last game at the Boston Celtics, the Grind Prophecies were a little piece dedicated to the struggles of Jerryd Bayless. What happened in that game? Bayless exploded for 22 points on 60% shooting. So guess what this GP post is going to be about? Yup - the struggles of Quincy Pondexter.

Ever since Marc Gasol went down with his knee injury, Quincy Pondexter has turned into the Ed Davis of 2 weeks ago, i.e., he's not seeing a single moment of court action. While it's not quite as obvious as the Davis benching, the reasoning for QPon's condemnation to the Dave-Joerger-Free-Range-Time-Out-Zone is probably based around the young wingman getting in his own head.

Quincy is shooting a career-low 34.6% from the field, and his documented dedication to the 3-point shot this offseason still has him shooting around 30% behind the arc. I don't know all the details of what's going behind the scenes, but I do know that the Grizzlies didn't give Pondexter a 4-year extension to make less than a third of his three-balls.

Is Quincy putting pressure on himself with the new contract? Surely not, right? After all, QPon had this to say in the days following the extension:

I can keep building. I don't have to put pressure on anything. I'm playing straight for the team.

Well, that doesn't sound like a guy who is piling it on himself. But when you consider this comment from head coach Dave Joerger:

If he gets all tensed up, he's not an effective player.

I'm a firm non-believer in superstition of any kind, but it almost sounds like QPon jinxed himself. That's just kind of how money, expectations and fame work, I suppose. But I'm still baffled to some degree, because in the same interview Joerger explains how he knows how to get the most from Quincy:

The best way with him is to be very positive. If he has someone screaming at him, he's not as effective.

Maybe it's time to try a little screaming, because the "camp counselor" approach doesn't seem to be motivating QPon just yet. Quincy is a very young player, and as the development of Mike Conley has shown us, the mental side of the game can be an enormous hurdle compared to the physical aspect. Just like Bayless, though, one thing is certain - you have to get on the floor and play to break the slump cycle.

The Grindmaster from the last edition (at Celtics) was Jerryd Bayless.

  1. Game Score and Winner (correct predictions receive 3 points, if no correct predictions, 1 point awarded to member(s) with closest differential)
  2. The Grindmaster (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if Grindmaster title is split between 2 players, 2 points go to each member who predicted either player)
  3. Total field goal attempts from Quincy Pondexter (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if no correct answers, 1 point awarded to member(s) who are closest without going over)
  4. Who will have more playing time? Jon Leuer or Quincy Pondexter (3 points awarded for correct predictions; zero points awarded for incorrect predictions)

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Grind Prophecies 2013-14 November Rules

Contest Update: This is the final contest for the month of November. The person with the highest point total after tonight will be the winner and receive their choice of Memphis Grizzlies replica jersey - that's size, color and player!

In the case of a tie, a tiebreaker will be held for tied applicants in which they will predict or estimate the answer to a question of my choosing for the next Grizzlies game (vs Phoenix). This tiebreaker will be completely separate from and have no bearing on the December Grind Prophecies contest.