|2014/15 NBA Season
1-0 (0-0 road)
1-0 (1-0 home)
|November 1, 2014
|Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlottle, NC|
|6:00 PM CDT|
|Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN|
|Mike Conley||PG||Kemba Walker|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Lance Stephenson|
|Zach Randolph||PF||Marvin Williams|
|Marc Gasol||C||Al Jefferson|
|2014/15 Advanced Stats|
|93.7 (22nd)||Pace||97.1 (12th)|
|108.2 (8th)||OEff||96.6 (23rd)|
|1001.0 (12th)||DEff||103.4 (18th)|
Grizzlies vs Hornets coverage
SB Nation Blog: At The Hive
Memphis: Courtney Lee (concussion)
Recently for the Hornets
Charlotte opened up at home with an overtime win over the lowly but upswinging Milwaukee Bucks. The Hornets outscored the Bucks 8-6 in overtime, benefitting from some solid defense and veteran experience. However, Charlotte shot a paltry 41% from the field and 29% from three. For a team that is looking to make a jump in the East, it's not the best look in the world to struggle against the Bucks in your home opener.
Recently for the Grizzlies
The Grizzlies provided a schizo performance in Indiana last night, but ran away with a victory in the 2nd half behind some spirited defense and solid overall play from the Grizzlies 'old starting five' of Conley/Allen/Prince/Randolph/Gasol. Marc and Zach continued their offensive onslaught from the opener on Wednesday night while the entirety of the starters finished with a total of 11 steals. Memphis is looking to get a stranglehold on a fast start, but they face their first true challenge tonight against a 2014 playoff team that expects to compete again this year.
Three Things to Watch For
1) Courtney Lee effect. He suffered a concussion from Roy Hibbert's knee last night, and while it was being called a "mild concussion," pro leagues don't mess around with that stuff anymore. It's very likely that Lee sits out tonight's contest, but we still don't know exactly would start in his place. Does Joerger trust Quincy Pondexter to guard MKG? Does Tony Allen make a switch back to starting as a 2-gaurd? Will Tayshaun get the nod because of his efficient 2nd half last night? We'll know soon enough.
2) Revenge. The last time these two teams met the Grizzlies played a despicable game of basketball. The starters shot 35% from the field, Marc Gasol finished with 3 rebounds, Tony Allen was the only player in the positive of the +/-, and Kemba Walker lit them up for 31 points. Even with Lee possibly out, the Grizzlies should be poised to have a much better showing tonight.
3) Battle of the Bigs. Tonight marks the 19th time that Marc Gasol and Al Jefferson will face off against one another. All-time, Jefferson is averaging 17.6 PPG to Marc's 13.8, but this is a new look Marc who is averaging 16.5 shots per game so far this season compared to average of 10 shots he's taken in the matchups against Big Al. Will this sleeker version of Gasol show that he's capable of reversing some trends?