|2014/15 NBA Season
3-0 (1-0 home)
1-1 (0-0 road)
|November 1, 2014
|FedEx Forum - Memphis, TN|
|7:00 PM CDT|
|Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN|
|Mike Conley||PG||Jrue Holliday|
|Tony Allen||SG||Eric Gordon|
|Tayshaun Prince||SF||Tyreke Evans|
|Zach Randolph||PF||Anthony Davis|
|Marc Gasol||C||Omer Asik|
|2014/15 Advanced Stats|
|94.3 (23rd)||Pace||97.9 (8th)|
|96.7 (22nd)||OEff||103.6 (15th)|
|91.5 (4th)||DEff||99.7 (8th)|
SB Nation Blog: The Bird Writes
Memphis: Courtney Lee - Questionable (Concussion)
New Orleans: Russ Smith - Questionable (Thumb)
Recently for the Pelicans
The Pelicans dominated a young Orlando Magic team in their first regular season game thanks to a tremendous performance from budding superstar Anthony Davis. Davis blocked seemingly everything on opening night on his way to posting a new career high in blocks with 9. In the Pelicans last game, they fell just short to the Dallas Mavericks, who look much-improved from last season thanks to savvy offseason additions. The biggest storyline through two games is the ridiculous level of play from Anthony Davis. It's early in the season, but he's averaging 28.5 PPG, 16 RPG, 1.5 APG, 6.0 BPG, and 2.5 SPG. That's pretty decent.
Recently for the Grizzlies
The Grizzlies offense has been pretty meh through three games, but the defense has been suffocating just as you would expect. Tony Allen gambles and reaches a lot throughout the course of any given game, but he *always* steps up when he is most needed. At the end of the ugly contest against the Hornets, he was called upon to shut down Kemba Walker, and he did a tremendous job. Marc Gasol is attacking like many hoped he would, and that mentality seems like it's here to stay, which is great news for the Grizzlies.
Three Things to Watch For
1) Anthony Davis (demigod) - It can't be overstated how good Davis has been in the early going. He looks like he's ready to fly away and separate himself from the mere mortals that surround him on the court (kind of like this). The NBA should mandate that Gasol and Davis guard each other all night, because that would be a treat. However, it's likely that Zach Randolph will be matched up on Davis a good portion of the time, which is terrifying for the Grizzlies. Randolph has looked a little more spry this season defensively, but he won't be able to stop Davis in the pick & roll.
2) Bench Unit - You have to believe Coach Joerger will continue to tinker with the rotation, because things have not looked good when all five bench players that get regular minutes have played together. Spacing becomes nonexistent, and the Grizzlies starters are left to put out the fire when they re-enter the game. The end of Calathes' suspension can't come soon enough, as this group could really benefit from a guy that can turn the corner on the pick & roll and get to the rack before spraying the ball out to the perimeter to an open shooter.
3) Who Guards Ryan Anderson - Anderson is one of the best stretch fours in the NBA, and the Grizzlies don't have anybody on the roster that can guard him consistently. If he's on the floor with Davis a lot, the Grizzlies could get eaten alive. Despite doing an excellent job defensively in the first three games, the Grizzlies haven't faced a front court tandem that can score in bunches like this. Gasol can't guard both bigs at the same time, and if Randolph gets exposed by either big, things could go awry quickly for the Grizzlies.