Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 114 - Mavericks 105
Coach Dave Joerger:
CDJ had a great game. The only gripe would be that he only played Kosta Koufos six minutes. He made great adjustments at halftime after the Mavs lit the world on fire from three. I think he may have made the decision to play Prince against the more athletic forwards over Quincy Pondexter, and it worked out fabulously.
Mike Conley: 33 MINS | 22 PTS | 9-13 FGS | 3 ASTS | +14
Mike loves playing the Mavericks. They don't have a single guy that can guard him at all. He broke out all of his moves against the Mavs with the floater off of both hands, mid-range jumper off of a screen, slashes to the basket, and two threes. Only one piece of advice: STOP LEAVING THREE POINT SHOOTERS LIKE JAMEER NELSON WIDE OPEN.
Courtney Lee: 19 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-5 FGS | 2 ASTS | -4
I don't understand why Courtney Lee isn't more aggressive finding shots from behind the three-point line. The Grizzlies' best three-point shooter only took one three, and it was forced at the end of the second quarter. I understand not forcing bad shots Vince Carter style, but he has to look for shots and get open.
Tony Allen: 31 MINS | 13 PTS | 5-8 FGS | 2 STLS | +13
The Grindfather had a great day guarding Monta Ellis, but not such a great day guarding Chandler Parsons. His roaming nature got him in trouble a few times, and left Parsons open for three. He looked under control offensively, and had two really nice passes that ended up being assists. Grizzly fans are usually on the edge of their seats when he is on a fast break, but not tonight: TA made all of his fast break layups!
Zach Randolph: 32 MINS | 17 PTS | 6-18 FGS | 13 REBS | +14
Z-Bo has always owned the Mavs. He averaged 20+ points against them last season, but this game was different. Instead of iso-ing Dirk, Randolph had to deal with Tyson Chandler or Brandan Wright, so the isos weren't working. Most of his points in the second half came off of offensive rebounds or quick postups in the paint.
Marc Gasol: 37 MINS | 30 PTS | 9-14 FGS | 6 ASTS | 5 REBS | +13
The Mavs deployed this interesting strategy of just fouling the bejeezus out of Marc whenever he was deep in the post. I think they thought he couldn't shoot free throws or something. Either way, he shot 13 free throws and only missed one. Aggressive Marc kept going at the Mavs instead of relegating himself to a distributor in the high post. It probably helped that his jumpshot was falling.
Tayshaun Prince: 29 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-9 FGS | 7 REBS | +12
I'm beginning to think that last season was an outlier and that Prince is BACK. He hit two threes and dunked on Brandan Wright's face on his way to another great game. Chandler Parsons lit him up, but he has killed every Grizzly small forward since he came into the league.
Beno Udrih: 16 MIN | 10 PTS | 4-7 FGS | 4 ASTS | -6
Beno was great at spelling Mike Conley once again tonight. He had the second unit whipping the ball all around the floor. I think he was actually better than usual on the defensive end in what was a great game from Beno!
Jon Leuer: 20 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-4 FGS| 3 REBS| -2
TENNESSEE DIRK shut down Dallas Dirk when the two were matched up. Unfortunately, besides one three, JONNY DUNKFACE couldn't get going on offense. The fast paced nature of the game seemed tailored for him.
Vince Carter: 15 MINS | 3 PTS| 1-7 FGS | 2 REBS | -2
Vince looked rushed in his first matchup against his old team. He wasn't getting set before he shot, and was making poor decisions. Eventually, those 15 minutes go to someone else....right?
Kosta Koufos: 6 MINS | 1 PT | 0-0 FGS | 2 REBS| -4
Ineligible to be graded
I think he could have made an impact in more minutes. I think he may not have played because of the fast pace the Grizzlies and Mavs were playing. That is the only reason I could think of.
Quincy Pondexter: DNP Coach's Decision
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision