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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Grizzlies move to 13-2 after battling one out in Hollywood with a scrappy Lakers squad.

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Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 99 - Lakers 93

Coach Dave Joerger:

B

Besides not playing Kosta Koufos more, it was a solid performance from Coach Joerger.

Starters

Mike Conley: 30 MINS | 19 PTS | 6-11 FGS | 7 ASTS | +11

A-

Mike was his usual good self in this game. Like the rest of the team, he settled for a few too many threes when better shots were available. Other than that, he did everything he was supposed to do against an inferior Lakers team.

Courtney Lee: 31 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 4 REBS | +7

C+

Clee was forcing the issue on offense against the Lakers. He wanted to get hot so the team could pull away so badly, but it just wasn't happening for him. It looks like his regression to the mean has started. Hopefully he finds a happy medium between scorching hot and Antarctica cold.

Tony Allen: 15 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-8 FGS | 3 REBS | +2

C-

It's tough to defend a superstar like Kobe Bryant and not get fouls called on you. Allen's four fouls and poor shooting kept him on the bench for the majority of the second half.

Zach Randolph: 28 MINS | 16 PTS | 7-10 FGS | 9 REBS | +6

B+

Randolph did exactly what you would want him to do against a bad Lakers front line. He fought for four offensive rebounds and was taking guys to school in the post. Z-Bo is benefitting from Marc Gasol's newfound aggression in a big way; teams are now using their best defender on Gasol instead of Randolph, which leads to efficient nights like this one from Z-Bo.

Marc Gasol: 37 MINS | 19 PTS | 5-10 FGS | 11 REBS | +4

A-

It took three quarters for Gasol to get engaged into the game. Once he woke up, the Grizzlies took control of the game due to his effectiveness on both ends. Instead of forcing passes that his teammates can't catch, I'd like to see Marc go back to shooting next game.

Bench

Kosta Koufos: 13 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 8 REBS| +2

B+

Koufos took advantage of his small amount of playing time by crushing the Lakers. He was fantastic against guys that probably shouldn't be getting meaningful minutes in the NBA. Koufos is announcing himself to everyone with cap space that he is still good in limited minutes.

Jon Leuer: 19 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-5 FGS| 2 REBS| +0

B-

Leuer didn't fill the stat sheet up like he has done lately, but it was a solid game from TENNESSEE DIRK. He no longer looks scared to shoot and is even pulling the trigger from three more. I would like to see him utilize his off the dribble game more in the next few games.

Beno Udrih: 18 MIN | 4 PTS | 2-6 FGS | 5 AST | -5

B-

Beno may have struggled from the field, but he did a great job distributing the ball. He was the main reason that Kosta Koufos was getting such good shots. Looks like he learned a little something from Nick Calathes. He isn't scared of someone taking his back up point guard duties and he shouldn't be after the way he has played this season.

Tayshaun Prince: 8 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-3 FGS | 1 AST | -3

C-

It was an interesting and surprising decision to put Prince on Kobe Bryant at times in the first half. It worked out for the most part. They would have been able to go back to him more if Prince wasn't cold from the field.

Quincy Pondexter: 29 MINS | 6 PTS | 2-7 FGS | 4 REBS | +6

D+

Everyone on the team has a role. If you follow the role that you are given, you will be successful on this team. Pondexter refuses to play the role the Grizzlies need him to play. Instead of being the 3&D guy off the bench he wants to be Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies need him to hit corner threes and play defense without fouling. He shouldn't try to handle the ball too much, take above the break threes, or take shots inside the arch off the dribble.

Vince Carter: 13 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-5 FGS | 1 REBS | +0

D+

Not a good night from Vince. His shot is still not falling consistently even though he is getting fantastic looks. I think we will see a breakout game sometime soon. Once he gets hot it'll be hard to stop him.

DNPs

Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision

Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision