Despite the amount of talent you may have on your roster or the amount of wins you've got under your belt, sometimes you just don't match up well with a team. This is the case for the Phoenix Suns in Memphis, as the Grizzlies beat them for the third time this season, 104-99 Friday night. Mike Conley led all scorers with a career high tying 31 points and 7 assists. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Ed Davis continued his string of good play against Phoenix kicking in 10 points and 17 (!!) rebounds off the bench, including a complete, hide yo kids-hide yo wife posterization of Alex Len. Goran Dragic led the way for Phoenix with 21 points and 8 assists, and Markieff Morris scored 17 off the bench.
What I liked about this game
Michael Conley Jr. The Grizzlies 6'1 point guard is averaging 30.5 points over the last two games, and has clearly recovered from a thigh contusion that had previously been limiting him. Mike is playing at an other worldly level right now, and it is incredibly fun to watch. He was struggling from 3 early on in the season, but Conley had all facets of his game working tonight, and if he can continue to play like this once Marc Gasol returns, Memphis may have their eyes on more than just the 8th seed.
Boss Alert. 17 rebounds, including 13 on the defensive side of the ball, Ed Davis was at boss level 5 tonight. That dunk over Alex Len was devastating.
Phoenix's Unis. Do they have the best ones in the league? I'm pretty sure they have my vote.
Stops: Memphis allowed (partly allowed, partly endured a supernova level shooting streak by Phoenix) 71 points through the halfway point of the third quarter. Over the final 6:08 of the quarter, they surrendered just 3 points. That is the grit and grind defense we all know and love.
What I didn't like about this game
Transition game. 16 total turnovers and 12 total fast break points? Bleh. Only one Grizzly (Courtney Lee) was credited with a steal, and this was one of the few games you'll ever see Mike Conley post a goose egg in the steal department.
Free Throw Shooting. Memphis finished at a decent percentage for the night, but had three trips where they got two shots at the line and missed both.
This was kind of a weird game when you dive into the numbers. All Grizzlies starters finished with a - +/-, the best being Mike Conley at -1, while every bench player was a +2 or better. The bench unit was big tonight, led by Ed Davis and James Johnson, who leads the league in almost turnovers. Memphis will continue its home stand Sunday afternoon as it prepares to take on the new look Atlanta Hawks for the first time this season.
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