Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 105 - Warriors 98
Coach Dave Joerger:
Coach Joerger's just showing off these days. His coaching swag is on a hundred thousand trillion and I love it. The Grizzlies are like a million times better coming into the games, out of timeouts, and at the end of games than they have ever been.
(Ed. note - yes, Hollins lovers: shots have indeed been fired)
Mike Conley: 32 MINS | 17 PTS | 6-18 FGS | 5 ASTS | 4 STLS | -8
Mike missed four open three pointers that were part of his poor shooting performance against the Warriors. He struggled from the field the whole game until the Grizzlies needed a basket to put the game away. Clutch Conley showed up to hit a runner in the lane to put the game out of reach.
Courtney Lee: 31 MINS | 5 PTS | 1-4 FGS | 5 REBS | -5
I'm hoping I wasn't alone in thinking that COURTNEY LEE WILL NOT SHOOT OPEN SHOTS! We all need to start worrying about #AggressiveCourtney more than #AggressiveMarc. The offense is so much better when he is aggressive and hitting threes. Even though he didn't have a great offensive night, Courtney was great on defense. Switching between Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes is tough, but CLee did a great job of making every shot difficult.
Tony Allen: 21 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-7 FGS | +4
Tony had one of those games where almost everything he did made you want to rip your hair out. Starting in the third quarter, he missed four layups and looked frustrated. He shook it off and grabbed a few key offensive rebounds late in the fourth quarter. He had a few good defensive possessions, but otherwise it was not a good game from the Grindfather.
Zach Randolph: 26 MINS | 17 PTS | 8-12 FGS | 10 REBS | +6
I like Draymond Green so I kind of hope the next time he goes against Z-Bo he doesn't act like Blake Griffin. I don't know who he thought he was guarding, but he seemed irritated with the fact that Randolph was stronger and a better rebounder than him. Z-Bo was getting deep post position in the second half and you can't let him do that or you are done. The best part about this game was that the inside oriented power forward was getting out on three point shooters like someone half his size.
Marc Gasol: 35 MINS | 24 PTS | 11-21 FGS | 7 REBS | -7
The Warriors were consistently leaving Gasol open for a 15-18 foot jumper and it was killing them. It allowed him to get into an offensive rhythm for most of the game. I think the absence of Andrew Bogut hurt the Warriors in regards to the guarding of the league's best center. His defense was the high point to me. The Grizzlies were firmly committed to stopping the Warriors from hurting them from three and it worked because Gasol shut down any drives to the basket.
Beno Udrih: 16 MIN | 6 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 8 AST | +15
Udrih came ready to BALL against the Warriors. He led the 20-0 run at the beginning of the second quarter that put the Grizzlies in position to win. I think his leaning jumper may be becoming one of the more reliable shots that the Grizzlies have right behind a Conley floater, Gasol hook, and a ZBound.
Vince Carter: 24 MINS | 16 PTS| 5-12 FGS | 4 REBS | +8
VINCE CARTER IS BACK! You knew that the shot had to start falling eventually and he was SPLASHING on the Warriors. THIS IS THE VINCE CARTER THAT THE GRIZZLIES NEED, not the Carter that bricks the awful shots he takes and looks like he's wearing ankle weights made for The Rock.
Tayshaun Prince: 23 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-6 FGS | 3 ASTS | +8
Tayshaun was having one of his classic games where he plays good defense, but struggles from the field. It wasn't even his fault tonight. One of his hooks rimmed out and the Grizzlies offense turned back the clock, and he was forced into two bad 18 footers that he had to take. But The Fresh Prince of Memphis (new nickname that someone somewhere came up with; I don't know how I feel about it yet) stepped up with a huge corner three late in the fourth quarter that helped put that Memphis dread to sleep.
Kosta Koufos: 13 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-2 FGS | 0 REBS| +14
Same ole' story with Kosta. He was effective on both ends in limited minutes. Hopefully he gets more run against the Spurs.
Jon Leuer: 19 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-6 FGS| 4 REBS| +0
JONNY DUNK FACE was exactly what he needed to be against the Warriors. He hit his open jumpers and took the ball to the basket. Defensively he was a bit all over the place, but he did a better job than usual agains the stretch fours that the Warriors use so well.
Quincy Pondexter: DNP Coach's Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision