Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 113 - Hornets 107
Coach Dave Joerger:
The close nature of the game allowed Coach Joerger to flex his play calling muscles down the stretch. I don't know if there are that many second year coaches that have this kind of play calling ability. He overplayed the starters in the first night of a back to back, so that could end up hurting them against the 76ers (it SHOULDN'T but could). Playing Quincy Pondexter down the stretch over Courtney Lee may have been an attempt to counter that, but it hurt the team.
Mike Conley: 42 MINS | 19 PTS | 6-14 FGS | 6 ASTS | 6 REBS | +10
Conley was great against Kemba Walker and the Hornets. Besides missing two threes, he shot well from the field. The Grizzlies benefited from his great ball distribution that got the offense going when the Grizzlies needed it. His defense against Walker was suspect, but other than that he was great.
Courtney Lee: 30 MINS | 13 PTS | 4-5 FGS | 1 REBS | +9
Courtney Lee did exactly what the Grizzlies needed him to do on offense. He provided much needed floor spacing and put up buckets. Coach Joerger went to Pondexter over CLee down the stretch and it hurt the team a bit. Once he was back in, the offense got out of the mud.
Tony Allen: 46 MINS | 9 PTS | 2-6 FGS | 10 REBS | 6 TOS | +8
The Tony Allen experience is a wild ride during which you have no choice but to just watch and hold onto your seat, hoping for the best. He was all over the place against the Hornets. The good (10 rebounds and great defense) outweighed the bad (turnovers and poor shot selection) in regulation, but he fell apart in the overtimes: More turnovers, fouling, and a poorly timed technical foul that could have put the hopes of a Grizz win in jeopardy.
Zach Randolph: 43 MINS | 20 PTS | 7-12 FGS | 11 REBS | +11
Z-Bo bullied the Hornets with isos, quick seals in the post, and scoring. The whole opposing front line struggled to guard Randolph. Cody Zeller is not a great defender and Marvin Williams is too small to move Z-Bo out of position. I think this was the best game from start to finish that Z-Bo has had in a week or two.
Marc Gasol: 37 MINS | 19 PTS | 8-20 FGS | 6 BLKS | 5 ASTS | +13
Gasol almost pulled off the rare triple-double which doesn't include rebounds. He came to play against Al Jefferson and did a great job on him. The Marc who is aggressive on offense didn't show up until the fourth quarter and overtime, but when he showed up he won the game for the Grizzlies. He took over the game when he needed to.
Vince Carter: 7 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 1 REBS | -1
BIG SHOT VINCE! in his limited minutes, Vince hit two threes, one of which forced the second overtime. I still don't think his ankles are right, but this could mean his slump is nearing its end. Hopefully this makes Carter realize what he needs to do. If he dribbles he should take the ball to the basket and not take pullup jumpers. He is at his best when he is spotting up and doesn't rush his shot.
Beno Udrih: 16 MIN | 9 PTS | 2-4 FGS | 6 ASTS | -4
Beno is the best player off the bench right now. His scoring and floor presence are huge for the other members of said bench. Anytime the group starts struggling they can look to Beno for some scoring, and he has been delivering lately. Nick Calathes is staring at Beno's taillights as he pulls away in the race for backup point guard.
Kosta Koufos: 17 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-4 FGS | 7 REBS | -4
Kosta's defense was key for the second unit in the first half. He locked down the interior while the Grizzlies' offense was sputtering. If Koufos doesn't play 25+ minutes against the 76ers, Coach Joerger is making a huge mistake.
Quincy Pondexter: 18 MINS | 7 PTS | 3-7 FGS | +1
The only thing that Pondexter contributed in the game was scoring. I think that he is best when he doesn't put the ball on the floor, which he just insists on doing. His defense was not good and he gave up big plays to the Hornets late in the game. I think that Coach Joerger was attempting to up his confidence or rest CLee.
Jon Leuer: 19 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-5 FGS| 4 REBS| -6
Not the best game from Leuer. He was struggling from the field, but his confidence never faded like when he struggled at the beginning of the season.
Tayshaun Prince: 15 MIN | 2 PTS | 1-4 FGS | 1 REB | -7
Well the shots weren't falling for Tayshaun against the Hornets. The one fadeaway that he hit did supply the Grizzlies with some much needed energy at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision