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Grizzlies vs. Heat, Final Score 98-104: Nick Calathes, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

First Half Notes

Second Half Notes

Three Takeaways

Preseason is over! Preseason is over! Preseason is over! We made it!

The Grizzlies fell 104-98 to the Miami Heat in their preseason finale in what was a surprisingly fun, meaningless basketball game that was competitive for all four quarters. Here are my three takeaways from the game:

1) Nick Calathes balls out in final game before suspension resumes

Calathes will miss the first 13 games of the regular season while he finishes serving his suspension handed down by the NBA for testing positive for Tamoxifen, and the second-year Grizzlies point guard made an effort to ensure that he won't be forgotten in his month off the court. In the first half, Calathes flew around the court, making hustle play after hustle play while stuffing the stat sheet in a multitude of categories. He didn't get as much run in the second half, finishing the game with six points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes.

2) Jon Leuer can do a lot more than just shoot the three

And we learned this because he couldn't shoot the three at all against Miami on Friday night. Leuer finished the game 0-4 from three-point range, but still managed to piece together his best performance of the preseason. Leuer totaled 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal, and two blocks on 8-15 shooting all in only 25 minutes of action. The three-ball wasn't there for him, but he found success with some pick-and-pop jumpers just behind the free throw line. It wasn't all jump shots either, as Leuer took several strong drives at the basket resulting in layups, dunks, and trips to the charity stripe.

3) Dwyane Wade is still really good at basketball

The lasting impression of Wade's mediocre Finals performance against San Antonio caused many to think that Wade's time as an elite player was coming to a close, but that certainly didn't seem to be the case at FedExForum Friday night. Wade dominated the Grizzlies no matter which defenders were thrown at him, as he attacked the rack for inside buckets and rained difficult, contested jumpers throughout the night, including a heavily contested three-pointer over Tony Allen at the end of the shot clock. Wade scored 16 points on 7-8 shooting, all in the first half before sitting out most of the second.

Highlight of the Game

Vince Carter delivered his best performance of the preseason — scoring 13 points and shooting 3-3 from downtown — and caught fire during the third quarter. Carter swished an open triple from the left wing midway through the quarter, and then followed it up with this heat check on the following possession.