Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 91 - Jazz 97
Coach Dave Joerger:
I liked starting Koufos and giving Jordan Adams a chance to prove himself. Playing Udrih late in the fourth quarter when he was struggling and keeping Courtney Lee in for the whole fourth quarter were both bad ideas so everything balanced out for Coach Joerger. Losing to a young Utah team is disappointing, but I'm sure Coach Joerger will get everyone back on track.
Mike Conley: 32 MINS | 28 PTS | 12-22 FGS | 4 ASTS | -10
The Grizzlies wasted a great Mike Conley game. He was scoring in the lane, and 4-6 from three. If it hadn't been for Conley the Grizzlies would not have even been within six.
Courtney Lee: 38 MINS | 13 PTS | 6-14 FGS | 0-7 3PA | 2 ASTS | -8
CLee was great as long as he was inside the 3 point line, not wide open, and not in a clutch situation. I have said once or twice that he is regressing, then he comes out and is awesome, so I'm going to avoid it this time. Hopefully he bounces back - and soon - because the Grizzlies need him.
Tayshaun Prince: 24 MINS | 0 PTS | 2 ASTS | 0-3 FGS | -1
The Tayshaun that was hitting corner threes and helping the Grizzlies has completely disappeared. I think Coach Joerger is asking too much of him. It's better when he plays in the flow of the offense and is not forced into making plays.
Kosta Koufos: 33 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-4 FGS | 4 REBS | +5
Well Kosta is not Zach Randolph. I think that is the most obvious statement I have ever written. He can't dominate on the block or grab boards like the Grizzlies are used to. He did protect the rim a bit, but like Gasol, he struggled with the length of the Jazz frontline.
Marc Gasol: 37 MINS | 24 PTS | 10-22 FGS | 12 REBS | -4
Gasol struggled with the length of the Utah frontline after a scorching start. Like really, really struggled with Gobert and Favors. He was aggressive, but struggled to finish and wasn't getting the calls that he wanted. His defense was still good, but the Jazz were hitting shots in his face. Not much you can do about that.
Jordan Adams: 10 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-2 FGS | 2 REBS | +0
Jordan Adams showed off all facets of his game (spot up threes, driving to the basket, and crazy quick hands on defense) against the Jazz. Showing off like this in small amounts of minutes is how a player makes their way into a rotation, and I think that if he keeps this up it just might work. In 10 minutes, he was better than Quincy Pondexter has been in a long time. Don't be surprised if he's playing more in a month or two.
Vince Carter: 22 MINS | 12 PTS| 4-7 FGS | 2 REBS | -1
I would like to announce something: I LOVE VINCE CARTER! Jamming on Gobert was the Grizzlies dunk of the season and it's not even close. The jam brought back memories of his days in Toronto. The oldest member of the Grizzlies hit two threes to continue his hot streak. This is the Vince that I thought could win Sixth Man of the Year, and if he keeps it up he could.
Jon Leuer: 26 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-9 FGS| 5 REBS| -14
Here are all the Jonnys that showed up tonight.
Leuer put on a performance that brought back memories of his early season struggles. His game was wracked with hesitance and uncertainty. This wasn't the best Jonny, but it isn't the real Jonny so I expect him to bounce back.
Beno Udrih: 19 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-3 FGS | 3 ASTS | +3
Not the best performance from Beno. He was unable to make an impact on either side of the floor. He was struggling to the point that Nick Calathes would have been a better option to run with the bench.
Tony Allen: Corneal abrasion
Zach Randolph: Right knee swelling
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision
Quincy Pondexter: DNP Coach's Decision
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision