Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 119 - Rockets 93
Coach Dave Joerger:
Dave Joerger put Courtney Lee back into the starting lineup, and it paid dividends very quickly for Memphis. It helped them jump out to a lead with the offense that Lee provides. Combine that with Joerger mixing the starters with the bench effectively, and I think you have Coach Joerger's best game of the season.
Mike Conley: 23 MINS |19 PTS | 6-10 FGS | 6 ASTS | +19
Patrick Beverly was incapable of getting to Mike Conley tonight. What he did in 23 minutes is unprecedented. Let's hold our collective breath that the ice on his shoulder was just for a stinger and nothing serious.
(Editor's note: Joerger said post game that it was nothing serious as far as he knew.)
Courtney Lee: 30 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-7 FGS | 3 REBS | +28
Courtney Lee has been amazing this whole season and that did not change tonight. Nobody, except maybe GBB's Austin Reynolds, expected CLee to play this well. He drained three of his four threes while playing great defense on the array of Rockets players that Kevin McHale threw at him. I'm all aboard the CLee for All-Star game overreaction train.
Tony Allen: 18 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 2 REBS | +8
Expectations were that James Harden was going to get Tony Allen into foul trouble and live on the free throw tonight. That is exactly how the game started. Instead of giving up, however, The Grindfather was able to come back in and help keep James Harden to 1-8 shooting. He also Mutumbo finger wagged Dwight Howard after blocking him from behind, easily one of the best highlights in a night of many.
Zach Randolph: 26 MINS | 14 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 7 REBS | +26
Z-Bo struggled around the rim due to the athleticism of the Rockets' front line, but when they came at him with a smaller defender, he mutilated them in the post. I especially loved that he respects the game of Tarik Black so little that he abandoned him on defense to double team Dwight Howard in the post before he even got the ball.
Marc Gasol: 25 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 6 REBS | 1 BLKS | +12
Grizz Nation has come to expect good defense from Marc Gasol, but what he did to Dwight Howard was what wins Defensive Player of the Year awards. His shots will eventually start falling, but it would be nice to see less of the fade away.The best part of the blowout is that Big Spain only had to play 25 minutes, his lowest minute total of the season by a wide margin.
Kosta Koufos: 17 MINS | 10 PTS | 5-6 FGS | 6 REBS | 3 BLKS | +21
Kosta Koufos is on a roll after a slow start to the season. He is going to get paid if he keeps playing like this. Hands down, the Greek center had a better all around game than Marc Gasol. When Kosta plays like this, he gives Gasol the rest he needs.
Jon Leuer: 21 MINS | 13 PTS | 5-8 FGS| 4 REBS| +21
When Jon Leuer plays with confidence like he did tonight, he makes the Grizzlies bench what we expected it to be before the season started. Koufos and Beno have been able to hold it down by themselves with an occasional guest appearance from Vince Carter, but they need Leuer going forward.
Beno Udrih: 25 MIN | 13 PTS | | 5-8 FGS | 6 AST | +10
Beno was whipping the ball through the Swiss cheese that the Houston Rockets call defense like he was a Euro-Rondo. Defensively he could get much better, but it was a great performance from Udrih.
Quincy Pondexter: 30 MINS | 12 PTS | 5-14 FGS | 4 ASTS | +18
Quincy exited the doghouse after only playing 10 minutes over the last three games. Giving Pondexter a chance to play with the starters was a great move by Coach Joerger. It enabled him to play more of the role they wanted him to play and didn't force him to handle the ball. We are going to all ignore that he started chucking the ball when the game was all but over.
(Editor's note: oh, it was noted by both me and Chip as we discussed during the 2nd half, but still a great step in the right direction for Q.)
Jarnell Stokes: 6 MINS | 4 PTS| 2-2 FGS | 2 REBS | -5
Who expected the rookies to play tonight? Nobody, that's who. Jarnell showed why I think he is the heir apparent to Zach Randolph in his six minute stint. I think he should have played more, but Coach Joerger left Kosta Koufos in until it was impossible for the Rockets to come back.
Jordan Adams: 10 MINS | 1 PTS| 0-2 FGS | 1 STL | -6
When Jordan Adams doesn't force the issue he is awesome, but he was forcing it a bit tonight. I hope we get to see more of the rookies soon, but it doesn't look likely with a tough schedule looming.
Vince Carter: 8 MINS | 2 PTS| 1-4 FGS | 2 REBS | +20
Vince finally threw one down, but other than that he wasn't incredibly effective in the short time he played.
Tayshaun Prince: DNP Coach's Decision