Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 95 - Pistons 88
Coach Dave Joerger:
CDJ started Tayshaun Prince for the second game in a row even with Courtney Lee in nuclear mode, but his explanation of matching up against big 3's post-game made sense, and Tayshaun does have a very nice defensive rating despite his deficiencies on offense. Dave did a nice job of matching up all night and rode the big guys when the Grizzlies needed to.
Mike Conley: 32 MINS |18 PTS | 5-10 FGS | 4 ASTS | +2
Mike didn't rack up assists against the Pistons, but he was still making a lot of really good decisions out there. He shot perfect on his two 3's and all seven FT's -- once again he looked in control.
Tony Allen: 27 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-3 FGS | 5 REBS | -1
It was an off night for the Grindfather who hasn't looked very crisp recently. It's not a good night when personal fouls are tied with your highest statistical contribution. I'd look for that to turn around in few games, maybe not on Monday vs. Houston, but look out for him on Wednesday at Toronto.
Tayshaun Prince: 15 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-4 FGS | 1 STL | +5
This is becoming the standard for TP: minimal offensive impact but a very consistent defensive presence.
Zach Randolph: 37 MINS | 22 PTS | 7-22 FGS | 22 REBS | +6
Z-Bo wore down the Pistons' interior with hard-banging play through all 37 of his minutes. The 22 rebounds is very inflated by Zach snagging many, many of his own misses, but hey, that's still an incredibly valuable skill as evident by how deflated Greg Monroe was in the 4th quarter. I'd probably have given him a B+ if it hadn't been for the 3-6 from the line.
Marc Gasol: 38 MINS | 23 PTS | 6-16 FGS | 8 REBS | 2 BLKS | +2
We saw the return of the Marc who takes a lot of shots! It did a nice job of fueling everyone else on offense even though it wasn't his best shooting night. Besides, going 11/12 from the FT line more than makes up for a few FGs not falling.
Courtney Lee: 31 MINS | 12 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 2 ASTS | +7
You can look at Lee's shooting %s and see that he might be coming back to his mean, but the manner in which it happened in this contest wasn't screwing up the Grizzlies' rhythm. If he can settle in to steady %s without the Grizzlies drastically dropping off altogether, we're going to see a really nice return on Courtney this season. Plus, he basically recreated his game winning shot from Thursday early in the game, executing to perfection once again. That's called Bonus Points, y'all.
Vince Carter: 19 MINS | 2 PTS| 1-10 FGS | 4 REBS | 3 ASTS | +20
Yeesh. The shots just weren't falling for VC tonight, but he was still finding his spots and getting good looks -- he'll bounce back much sooner than later. Vince did a nice job of getting others involved when he realized his shot wasn't falling. His ability to adapt in games is one of the reasons the Grizzlies brought him in.
Kosta Koufos: 13 MINS | 7 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 4 REBS | 2 BLKS | +7
A (edited from A+, because them's hard to come by)
Another really solid performance from Kosta who would probably be racking up 15/15 games like crazy if he was starting on this team right now. Kosta's turnaround from the first 5 games is one of the more encouraging signs for the Grizzlies maintaining their winning streak.
Jon Leuer: 7 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-1 FGS| 1 REBS| -1
JL didn't see much action tonight, but he played admirable defense while he was in there and got another basket to fall. He's not hanging his head after a really rough start to the season and looks like he'll be able to carve out a decent niche this season once his jump shots come to him.
Beno Udrih: 19 MIN | 8 PTS | | 3-5 FGS | 1 AST | +10
Beno isn't going to be replacing Conley's (or even Calathes') defense anytime, or...well.. ever, but the guy is scoring so prolifically during his minutes that it doesn't seem to be much of an issue. His midrange has been deliciously efficient through 10 games, and he has finally silenced the perpetual backup PG horror show of the Memphis Grizzlies!
Quincy Pondexter: DNP Coach's Decision
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision