Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 96 - Rockets 105
Coach Dave Joerger:
He did his best with a team that looked like they didn't want to play.
Mike Conley: 27 MINS | 15 PTS | 5-9 FGS | 6 ASTS | 5 TOS | -20
Conley was the only starter that showed up for the game out of halftime. He was by far the most active defensive player the Grizzlies had. The offense was out of sync all night due to turnovers and Conley was the main culprit. He can't be so loosey-goosey with the ball and expect the offense to run like it has.
Courtney Lee: 24 MINS | 2 PTS | 2-4 FGS | 2 REBS | -15
I think that Lee is saving all of his made shots and effort for Friday night against the Spurs.
Tony Allen: 15 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-7 FGS | 4 TOS | -15
Sometimes a game just has too much Tony Allen. It's never a good sign when TA has more shots then Z-Bo, and one less than Gasol, especially when both of them played more than him. The offense was falling apart due to spacing and The Grindfather ended up with the ball late in the shot clock. That's a recipe for disaster.
Zach Randolph: 19 MINS | 8 PTS | 2-5 FGS | 6 REBS | -16
Randolph struggled tonight everywhere. I don't think he was expecting to work that much against Joey Dorsey and Tarik Black.
Marc Gasol: 25 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-8 FGS | 7 REBS | 3 TOS | -21
The Marc Gasol that has been in the MVP conversation for the last two weeks showed up for the first eight minutes of the game. Then bizarro Gasol that can't or doesn't want to shoot and can't guard Tarik Black came out of nowhere.
The sight of Marc Gasol limping is one of the most terrifying things I can see. It's right behind "The Gremlins" and anyone that is wearing a mask of any kind. Hope he's okay.
Jarnell Stokes: 12 MIN | 12 PTS | 5-7 FGS | 3 REBS | +17
The first time Stokes gets big minutes he looks like a world beater! Of course it was against a Rockets team that wasn't playing all the way up to capacity, but it still counts. Jarnell is such a great fit with this team and could help with the struggles on the boards. I don't think his minutes go up right away, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's in the rotation at the end of the season.
Vince Carter: 9 MINS | 7 PTS| 3-4 FGS | 1 REB | -5
Vince looked great in that first half. It was probably the best half he's had since the Kings game. It was pointless to put him back in with the Grizzlies down 26.
Beno Udrih: 21 MIN | 9 PTS | 3-3 FGS | 4 AST | +11
Beno took advantage of his minutes against the Rockets. Calathes isn't creeping up on his backup role just yet!
Nick Calathes: 20 MIN | 6 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 6 AST | +13
Kosta Koufos: 13 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-8 FGS | 3 REBS| -8
Kosta Koufos should have played more next to Marc Gasol in this game. It was obvious that Z-Bo was struggling against everyone that the Rockets threw at him. In the few minutes they played together, they looked good. Actually, Koufos needs to play more in general. He's here to let Marc rest, not to barely play him.
Jon Leuer: 26 MINS | 7 PTS | 3-9 FGS| 6 REBS| +10
JL didn't see much action tonight, but he played admirable defense while he was in there and got another basket to fall. He's not hanging his head after a really rough start to the season, and looks like he'll be able to carve out a decent niche this season once his jump shots come to him.
Quincy Pondexter: 28 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-7 FGS | 4 REBS | +4
Oh Quincy...This was his time to shine, but shine he did not. He took bad shots and was just a mess on defense. He has to be better than that.
Tayshaun Prince: DNP Coach's Decision