Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 107 - Lakers 102
Dave Joerger: 0 TECHS
B+. Coach Joerger did a great job of mixing the bench and starters in this game. Pairing Gasol and Koufos for more minutes and playing a two point guard lineup in the fourth quarter were great decisions by the Grizzlies head coach. His faith in Udrih and Koufos finally paid off, but it looks like Pondexter is in his dog house (again).
Mike Conley: 35 MINS|23 PTS|7-16 FGS |3 ASTS|4 TOS|+3
A-. Conley had nobody guarding him so a big game was expected. His handles and passing were a little loosey goosey, which lead to the four turnovers, but other than that Conley had a great game.
Courtney Lee: 38 MINS|11 PTS|5-10 FGS|3 REBS|-2
B, Lee struggled guarding Kobe Bryant - it's Kobe so that's expected - and missed a few open shots, but without Lee this offense would look ten times worse. His shooting and off the dribble game are making him invaluable to the Grizzlies.
Tony Allen: 29 MINS |12 PTS|6-10 FGS|7 REBS|-9
B+. I don't know who told Tony that it was a great idea to keep gambling on defense with Kobe Bryant, but his rebounding and off ball cutting were fantastic. Tony Allen was in full Tony Allen mode with his finishing at the rim, missed (and one made) jumpshots, and defense on Kobe Bryant. Grantland's Zach Lowe had this to say about The Grindfather.
Classic Tony Allen game today in every possible way.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 12, 2014
Zach Randolph: 30 MINS |11 PTS|4-10 FGS|10 REBS|-8
B. These are the games we need to get used to seeing from ZBo. Struggles at the rim due to athleticism and poor defense are going to become commonplace in ZBo's game. He still showed up when the Grizzlies needed him with a key bucket to give the Grizzlies a five point lead with five seconds remaining.
Marc Gasol: 32 MINS |8 PTS|3-10 FGS|9 ASTS|8 REBS|+0
B. Marc's shot wasn't falling so he turned into a creator and messed around and almost got a triple double.
Beno Udrih: 18 MIN |16 PTS|8-11 FGS|3 ASSTS|+2
A. Apparently Beno decided he was tired of everyone talking about how bad the bench has been so far this season. He was in attack mode from the moment he entered the game so we got to see the whole arsenal of Udrih moves. Spinning layups, leaning midrange jumpers, and nifty layups at the rim were all ways he sliced through the Lakers' poor attempt at defense.
Kosta Koufos: 25 MINS |14 PTS|5-5 FGS|3 REBS|+13
A. HE'S ALIVE!! This was by far Kosta's best game of the young season. Being paired more next to Marc Gasol let Koufos take advantage of the power forward that was guarding him. This game hopefully got the Grizzlies' main backup big man back on track.
Vince Carter: 22 MINS |6 PTS|2-4 FGS|3 ASTS|+23
B. Spreading the floor and initiating the offense are what the Grizzlies wanted from Carter and that's exactly what he did tonight.
Jon Leuer: 9 MINS|2 PTS|1-1 FGS|2 REBS|+7
C+. These were the best nine minutes that Leuer played all season, but that's not saying much. He's still hesitant to shoot and looks lost on defense so there is much room for improvement.
Quincy Pondexter: 2 MINS|0 PTS|0-1 FGS|1 REBS|-4
D for Doghouse. It seems that he is once again in Coach Joerger's doghouse. If he does what he did last season after being put on Joerger's naughty list, I'm not sure he will make it. I think that Pondexter will break out of his slump as he is a historically slow starter.