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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat

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Grizzlies heat up against Miami to snap four-game losing streak.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 103 - Heat 95

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade: B

There's nothing to say about Coach Joerger tonight other than his nonsensical insistence on playing Quincy Pondexter. He has had one good half in the month of December. It's time to let go.

Starters

Mike Conley: 32 MINS | 24 PTS | 7-12 FGS | 3 ASTS | +7

Grade: A-

Mike looooves playing against Miami. His last two games against the Heat have been quite impressive. I bet it's him visualizing the Miami logo because it definitely isn't that court of theirs. Mike didn't rack the assists up, but he did do a good job of initiating the offense and finding open shots.

Courtney Lee: 32 MINS | 10 PTS | 3-6 FGS | 2 REBS | +12

Grade: B

Courtney Lee started the game out aggressively attacking then he uh... faded a bit near the end. It was nice to see him revert back to the CLee that was actually hitting threes, even if it was only one. The Heat offense took advantage of him at times by attacking him with whoever Tony Allen wasn't badgering, even if he did have a poor defensive game, and it lead to a big night for Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade.

Tony Allen: 21 MINS | 10 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 2 REBS | +13

Grade: B

Missing a few games may have thrown TA off. Dwyane Wade took him to school the night after James Harden obliterated him. You know what this means? I know what this means. TONY NEEDS GOGGLES LIKE RIGHT NOW. Not the new school glasses or a face mask, Tony needs actual old school goggles. I would also like to point out that Tony keeps getting the ball too much. I don't know if it's because he's such an impactful off-ball cutter or if the other players on the team love torturing me. Probably a bit of both.

Jon Leuer: 23 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-8 FGS | 4 REBS | +8

Grade: C-

Besides dunking on two Heat players, Leuer had a poor game. The Grizzlies need Zach Randolph back with a quickness or Jarnell Stokes needs to make an appearance.

Marc Gasol: 32 MINS | 22 PTS | 7-14 FGS | 10 REBS | +4

Grade: A

Marc wasn't letting that losing streak go past four games. He took control of the offense and kept attacking the Heat's interior defense. Going 8/10 from the free throw line in a night where the Grizzlies struggled from the line was an important part of the win. I know Marc likes hitting cutters, but it would be great if he would stop force feeding the ball to Tony Allen, especially if people are within five feet of him or are in position to guard him. Otherwise, it was a great game from Marc.

Bench

Beno Udrih: 19 MIN | 11 PTS | 4-8 FGS | 3 ASTS | +0

Grade: B

I like it much more when Beno attacks the basket and doesn't settle for jumpers, but he still had a good game. Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers aren't defensive slouches so he had his work cut out for him. The bench would be lost without Beno at the helm. His leaning jumpers and control of the pick-and-roll bring a calming presence in what is usually a hectic experience.

Tayshaun Prince: 32 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-7 FGS| 5 ASTS | -9

Grade: B

Tayshaun made up for the low distribution of the point guards and surprisingly spread the floor like one. When he is confident and goes up smoothly with his jumpshot I feel like it's going in every time.

Kosta Koufos: 16 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 6 REBS| +4

Grade: B

A solid performance from K squared. He destroyed the poor rookie (and former Iowa Energy player) Hassan Whiteside. It was the usual Koufos performance (good rebounding and defense) that helped keep the bench's defense afloat. I feel like he had one more block, but who can keep stats with the Miami PA guy blowing the stat keeper's ear drums out.

Vince Carter: 22 MINS | 5 PTS| 1-6 FGS | 2 ASTS | +6

Grade: C

Vince Carter couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with his shot in the first three quarters of the game, but as he has shown before, he shows up when it matters. After the lead dwindled and the Heat  were storming back, Vince drained a three to swing the game back into the Grizzlies' favor.

Quincy Pondexter: 12 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-3 FGS | 1 AST | -5

Grade: D-

It's gotten to the point where I don't understand why a rookie with no experience is not playing over Quincy Pondexter.

DNPs

Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision

Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision

Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision

Zach Randolph: Right knee soreness