Grizzlies Report Card
Coach Dave Joerger:
Coach Joerger was in an intense chess match with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and came out the other side relatively intact. He made some good decisions (Prince playing, going small for periods, and he stopped force feeding Randolph) and some bad ones (Vince playing, forcing the ball to Randolph, and Koufos not playing) as young coaches will do. I think he made great adjustments coming out of the half that helped keep the Grizz in it. I'm trusting him and assuming that Nick Calathes is just completely not ready yet, or he would be playing. It was a good learning and fighting experience for the second year head coach.
Mike Conley: 38 MINS | 23 PTS | 7-15 FGS | 10 ASTS | +1
Mike Conley is awesome at basketball. He is better with his offhand than some guys are with their dominant hand and that was on full display tonight. The dribble penetration he provided was what kick-started the offense and kept the Grizz in it. I think he may absorb the most contact with no foul call, more than any of the other top-5 point guards in the league.
Courtney Lee: 38 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-9 FGS | 3 REBS | -8
Courtney Lee only took one three. Only one from the guy who has been one of the most consistent offensive threats the Grizzlies have. It makes no sense to me. His defense on Kawhi Leonard was shockingly great in the second half and helped get some key stops.
Tony Allen: 17 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-4 FGS | 3 REBS | -1
Tony was excited from the start of the game. The only problem is that it was the bad kind of excited, and it landed him in foul trouble for most of the game. He couldn't be played down the stretch when he was needed the most due to his foul troubles.
Zach Randolph: 30 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 8 REBS | -10
The Spurs have his number in a bad way. Popovich knows what ZBo is going to do before he does it. Force feeding him in the first half was a bad idea, and his tendency to not kick the ball out killed the offense at times. I think Matt Bonner was wearing some cologne that ZBo was allergic to. He would not stay with him on the three point line and it lead to three open threes. I don't remember the last good game Randolph had against the Spurs.
Marc Gasol: 40 MINS | 28 PTS | 9-20 FGS | 12 REBS | 4 BLKS | -1
What hurt knee? This was the first time the Spurs got a good dose of aggressive Marc, and they looked unprepared. He was getting good shots at the rim and good jumpshots, but nothing would fall. This may have been one of his better games on defense, but he kept getting drawn away from the basket when they went small. That's the kind of stuff that leads to Tim Duncan having a triple double. I doubt Gasol shoots this poorly the next time these two meet.
Tayshaun Prince: 33 MINS | 20 PTS | 8-11 FGS | 5 REBS | +2
I thought Prince would play in this game, but I didn't think he would be so productive. I guess he has been practicing his corner threes. Going 4-4 from three-point range was huge for the Grizzlies. I think he should start getting minutes here soon. When he is good on offense, he brings so much to the table. Maybe he just really wants the Cavs to trade for him and was just showing off.
Kosta Koufos: 8 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-2 FGS | 4 REBS| -5
Koufos could and should have played more in this game (I feel like I have typed that sentence too much lately). I understand not playing him on any stretch fours, so he could not have played next to Marc, but he was good on defense and rebounded well while he was in.
Beno Udrih: 19 MINS | 6 PTS | 2-3 FGS | 3 AST | -5
I like Beno's offensive ability, but his defense was atrocious tonight. I don't think he can guard anyone on the Spurs team, much less Tony Parker. All the niftiness he brings on offense is offset by the fact that he cannot defend. Nick Calathes must have forgotten all the plays because I cannot believe he didn't play in this game.
Vince Carter: 16 MINS | 0 PTS| 0-5 FGS | 1 AST | -4
He's officially in "WHAT DO YOU DO?" territory. His defense was ok, but that's wiped out by his shooting woes that are close to becoming a problem. At least he rocked the untucked shirt, which I just love, for most of the second half.
Quincy Pondexter: 1 MIN
Not Eligible To Be Graded
Jon Leuer: DNP Coach's Decision
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision