Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 107 - Clippers 91
Coach Dave Joerger:
Everyone on the team is playing healthy and playing well for the first time all season. The faith that Coach Joerger has placed in Quincy Pondexter and Jon Leuer to bounce back from rough starts to the season has been rewarded the last few games. Nobody is happier than Coach Joerger right now.
Mike Conley: 27 MINS |7 PTS | 2-6 FGS | 7 ASTS | +13
The Grizzlies didn't need Mike Conley to score against Chris Paul. The team needed him to control the pace of the game and play good defense on Chris Paul, both of which he did.
Courtney Lee: 39 MINS | 13 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 3 REBS | 3 ASTS | +15
Courtney Lee's three point shooting is going to regress eventually. I mean nobody can shoot 60% from the three point line the whole season....can they?.... I mean there's a first time for everything....nah it won't happen. Until he regresses, opposing teams have to respect him from the three point line. Either they do or he gets wide open shots like he did against the Clippers.
Tony Allen: 20 MINS | 12 PTS | 4-9 FGS | 5 REBS | +12
Tony did three good things then three bad things in about two seconds to counteract everything that he had just done right. He was all over the place tonight, but managed to put together an all right game in 20 minutes.
Zach Randolph: 29 MINS | 10 PTS | 5-11 FGS | 8 REBS | +12
This wasn't the Z-Bo/Blake Griffin slugfest that we have become accustomed to seeing. Z-Bo and Griffin both had off games in different ways. Z-Bo was playing more off the ball because Gasol was on fire while Griffin was just off from the field.
Marc Gasol: 34 MINS | 30 PTS | 13-18 FGS | 12 REBS | 2 BLKS | +15
Marc Gasol was legitimately amazing in this game against the Clippers. The only thing preventing him from an A+ was the fact that the Clippers' defense was pitiful. Deandre Jordan was leaving him open in the high post, nobody would guard him off the dribble, and nobody would challenge him in the post. Old Marc may have not taken advantage this much, but Aggressive Marc took full advantage. I wish during this performance Marc had looked towards wherever Chris Wallace was and done the Johnny Manziel money celebration. PAY THE MAN!
Beno Udrih: 20 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-8 FGS | 5 ASTS | +3
Everyone knew that Nick Calathes was coming back, which made some wonder if Beno's playing time would be limited. He shut everyone up with his play tonight. He shot 50% from the field and was able to let Mike Conley rest for long stretches. I don't think Beno will ever be able to guard Chris Paul, so I don't know why he was ever put in that situation. I think CP3 scored on him every time he had a chance in the second half.
Jon Leuer: 19 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-8 FGS| 5 REBS| +4
TENNESSEE DIRK has been on a tear lately. Confident Jon Leuer is the best Jon Leuer and that is what we have been getting. There is no more hesitation. He is lowering his head and going to the basket when he has a chance, or taking the open shots the defense gives him. Now all I need him to do is bring back the backup point guard to backup power forward alley-oop connection with Nick Calathes that has been dead since Greivis Vasquez/Darrell Arthur.
Quincy Pondexter: 21 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-8 FGS | 2 REBS | +11
Pondexter is still struggling from three point range in a bad way. He was much better inside the arc, going 3-4 with a couple of impressive moves. The most impressive part of Pondexter's game was his defense. He has always been a guy that will guard Chris Paul in spots and has been successful at it. Last night he was THE guy off the bench to guard Paul. His long arms and athleticism bother the talented Los Angeles point guard and disrupt the flow of the Clippers offense.
Kosta Koufos: 12 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-3 FGS | 6 REBS | -3
Koufos played good defense and rebounded well. If Marc Gasol hadn't been lighting the world on fire he would have played more.
Nick Calathes: 8 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-1 FGS | 1 REBS | -7
Calathes didn't do much in limited playing time in his first game back. Coach Joerger is going to bring him along slowly until he is ready for more action. His defense is still top notch after a long suspension, though.
Vince Carter: 9 MINS | 2 PTS| 1-3 FGS | 3 REBS | +1
Oh man oh man. Vince is struggling from the field right now. It helps that he doesn't let the struggles bother him. He still rebounds and creates for others so at least he has that until his shooting gets back on track.
Jarnell Stokes: 3 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-0 FGS | 1 REB | -1
Incomplete because it's just not fair to judge a rookie based on three garbage time minutes.
Tayshaun Prince: DNP Coach's Decision
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision