Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 102 - Suns 91
B+. The second half was perfectly played by Joerger. He didn't play his starters the whole third quarter and played some interesting lineups that played a major part in getting the bench going. It helped that Courtney Lee was so on fire that I thought we were going to see the ball catch fire like it was NBA Jam.
Mike Conley: 29 MINS|24 PTS|9-14 FGS |11 ASTS|+12
A. Mike Conley was the best point guard in this game. That's tough since the Suns sign every point guard that hits the free agent market, but Conley outplayed all of them. Part of it had to do with the Grizzlies defense making life impossible for the Suns guards and the fact that Conley is better than all three of those guys. This was the best that Conley has played all season so we can assume that ankle injury is not an issue.
Courtney Lee: 39 MINS|22 PTS|9-14 FGS|3 REBS|+23
A++++. Wow what a game from Courtney Lee. I don't think anyone expected this out of him, especially off of a concussion. He was shooting fire from his finger tips. Lee was shooting the ball so well that none of his three point attempts, besides the one that he missed, didn't hit the rim. That is what the Grizzlies need from him, but you can't expect that every night.
Tony Allen: 23 MINS |9 PTS|4-6 FGS|3 REBS|+15
B. Tony was more trick than treat in the first half, but turned it around in the second half by playing his crazy defense and letting the offense come to him.
Zach Randolph: 29 MINS |10 PTS|4-9 FGS|6 REBS|+21
B. ZBo got destroyed by Markieff Morris. He couldn't keep up with the quicker Morris off of pick and rolls or step back jumpers. It was assumed that ZBo would dominate the Suns like he has in the past, but the opportunities weren't there for the burly power forward.
Marc Gasol: 35 MINS |18 PTS|6-12 FGS|5 REBS|6 ASSTS|+17
A-. Marc was fantastic in the second half of this game. The Suns defense couldn't handle him off the dribble or when he posted up. I felt bad for Alex Len when he was trying to guard Gasol. It was so obvious he was outmatched in every possible way and Len was trying his hardest, but Gasol is so much better than him. The Grizzlies offense and defense continue to be anchored by Gasol and it doesn't need to change.
Beno Udrih:19 MIN |6 PTS|3 ASSTS|-1
B. Beno has been great as the backup point guard. The nifty drives to the basket and the pullup jumpers are washing away the memories of Jerryd Bayless and Tony Wroten.
Quincy Pondexter: 27 MINS|5 PTS|2-8 FGS|5 REBS|-6
B-. The Grizzlies defense needed Pondexter tonight. The Grizzlies played him at the 2, 3 and 4 which matched him up with anyone from Bledsoe to one of the Morris twins and QPon was great. Offensively he hit a three, but not much else and the Grizzlies, borrowing a line from Josh Pastner, just need him to make shots.
Kosta Koufos: 13 MINS |0 PTS|0-2|5 REBS|-6
C+. Kosta has been abysmal on offense through five games. The hook shots where he stumbles through the lane and it looks like he may have gotten shot aren't falling and he isn't getting any putbacks off of offensive rebounds. The impact he makes on defense is noticeable though. Quality pick and roll defense along with good help defense are things he specializes in and they were on full display tonight.
Jon Leuer: 16 MINS|2 PTS|1-4 FGS|6 REBS|-3
C. Rims hate Jon Leuer. He looked just as timid as he has early in the season, but his defense wasn't horrific and he grabbed six rebounds, two of which kept possessions alive for the Grizzlies.
Vince Carter: 9 MINS |4 PTS|2-5 FGS|-10
C-. The nine minutes that he played the offense looked stagnant and confused. I don't know why he didn't play in the second half, but it was the right decision by Coach Joerger. If Carter's ankle is bothering him he should sit a few games because he is only hurting the Grizzlies with his presence.