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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets

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Memphis rocketed to a four game losing streak. Grizzlies now stand at 21-8.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 101 - Rockets 107

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade: B

CDJ had lineup troubles again with Z-Bo out and the Rockets newly acquired matchup nightmare Josh Smith playing big minutes. He still drew up some great plays, as usual. I don't know why he hates playing Kosta Koufos when they need his rebounding and defense against an extremely athletic Houston front line.

Starters

Mike Conley: 37 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-15 FGS | 7 ASTS | -10

Grade: C+

Conley didn't shoot well from the field, which is becoming the norm against the more athletic teams the NBA has to offer. He couldn't get to the basket, and when he did, he struggled to finish. As usual Conley was clutch and gave the Grizzlies a fighting chance.

Courtney Lee: 40 MINS | 4 PTS | 1-6 FGS | 5 ASTS | -3

Grade: C

SHOOT THE BALL WHEN YOU ARE OPEN. After missing his first two three pointers, Lee looked scared to shoot. Lee only taking six shots when the Grizzlies rely on his offense so much is insanity.

Tony Allen: 26 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 6 ASTS | +4

Grade: I actually have no idea

I really don't know what to make of Tony Allen. It's all just trick or treat, but the treats come at the ABSOLUTELY WORST TIMES. He is hands down the most frustrating Grizzlies player I have ever watched. James Harden lit him up to the tune of 32 points, and he fouled out in overtime. His cutting and crazy assists were in rare form throughout the whole game, but the good and bad just negate one another.

Jon Leuer: 16 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-3 FGS | 3 REBS | -4

Grade: B-

Playing against a revitalized Josh Smith who wants to try on defense and the boards is not the best scenario for Jon Leuer. He was cutting well off the ball and trying his hardest on defense, but he was just not very effective. Nobody can replace the impact that Z-Bo is having right now.

Marc Gasol: 39 MINS | 29 PTS | 12-21 FGS | 8 REBS | -8

Grade: A

Marc had to put the team on his back against the Rockets and he did a spectacular job of it. His defense was probably the best it's been in a couple of weeks and he lit Dwight Howard on fire. HE EVEN HIT A THREE!!!! The Grizzlies wasted a classic Gasol game and it's a shame.

Bench

Quincy Pondexter: 20 MINS | 14 PTS | 5-10 FGS | 3 REBS | -5

Grade: B

QUINCY PONDEXTER SHOWED UP TO PLAY FOR THE FIRST HALF OF A GAME! I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again. When Quincy Pondexter puts the ball on the floor, only bad things happen. He went 0-2 from 3, but I'M TRYING TO STAY POSITIVE ON THE QUINCY FRONT. He made an impact with his quick cuts to the basket and good effort.

Beno Udrih: 14 MINS | 17 PTS | 1-4 FGS | 2 ASTS | -1

Grade: B

Beno was great on offense, but not so great on defense which is becoming the norm for the Grizzlies' backup point guard. New rule: WHOVER SWINGS FROM A WIDE OPEN THREE TO BENO UDRIH FOR AN ABOVE THE BREAK THREE GETS FINED. LIKE ALL THEIR MONEY. ALL OF IT. He took four threes and only hit one. And it was from the corner.

Kosta Koufos: 23 MINS | 4 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 6 REBS | +2

Grade: B-

The best backup center in the NBA played only fourteen minutes in a game against Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey. I think he should play more and I'm sounding like a parrot. It's like the only thing I have to say about him, but it's the only thing to say about him right now.

Tayshaun Prince: 29 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-12 FGS | 9 REBS | -11

Grade: B-

Tayshaun Prince took 12 shots. Tayshaun Prince should never take 12 shots. He couldn't guard Josh Smith or James Harden, but he did an ok job on Trevor Ariza the few times he was on him.

Vince Carter: 23 MINS | 10 PTS| 3-10 FGS | 3 REBS | +6

Grade: C

Vince struggled on offense and defense with the athleticism of the Rockets. He did hit two clutch threes and played ok-ish defense on Josh Smith in the fourth quarter in overtime.

DNPs

Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision

Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision

Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision

Zach Randolph: DNP Knee Inflammation