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Grizzlies Grades: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Heat 102 - Grizzlies 107


Zach Randolph : (A) 42 MIN | 25 PTS | 12-15 FG | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | +7

Threw everything but the kitchen sink into this game that resulted into arguably the most complete performance of the season. Zbo totally abused Heat defenders from inside and out as Battier and Bosh were completely overwhelmed by the do-or-die mentality shown by Zbo.

James Johnson : (C-) 24 MIN | 5 PTS | 1-5 FG | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | -11

Hard to fault JJ on his defensive performance, as LeBron can make any premier defender look silly when he catches fire like that. JJ showed admirable effort and energy throughout his time on the court, but good defensive plays every-now-and-then doesn't wipe away the fact that he still makes a ton of mistakes on both ends of the floor. JJ failed to finish plenty of opportunities close to the basket, hope he's been getting some tutoring on finishing at the rim from Zbo rather than TA.

Marc Gasol : (A) 45 MIN | 20 PTS | 8-16 FG | 14 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | +7

45 minutes of ironman work has resulted in a dominating performance over skinny Bosh and q-tip Hamilton. Worked with Zbo to completely control the glass, while stepping up on the defensive pressure as the game wore on. Lets hope the Grizzlies jump all over the Sixers next game in quick fashion so Big Spain can get some must needed rest in preparation for the season finale against the Lakers/Suns/Mavs.

Mike Conley : (A) 41 MIN | 26 PTS | 10-18 FG | 3 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 3 TO | +9

Took huge advantage of the lack of inside presence for the Heat as he promptly waltzed into the key at will and finished with high efficiency and regularity. Heat guards had no chance trying stay in front of Conley as his tricky dribbling and subtle changes of direction were causing all sort of headaches for the Heat. Three 3s during the fourth quarter put the nail into the Heat's coffin as the national TV audience took full notice of Conley's wide range of capabilities.

Courtney Lee : (A-) 37 MIN | 18 PTS | 7-11 FG | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 BLK | 4 TO | +10

His buzzer beater to end the third quarter completely changed the momentum of the game. CLee has definitely rounded back to form nicely as he is looking fit and ready to take on heavy responsibilities. His post entry passes are still problem right now as his soft passing is getting picked off regularly, something that will need to be worked on to reduce his errors.


Tony Allen : (A) 24 MIN | 6 PTS | 3-7 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | +16

Affecting the outcome of the game through pure hustle and energy has been a missing component of TA's game for the past three weeks. TA bought it back in a big way last night, frustrating a much bigger, more talented and superior athlete in LeBron James into making several mistakes down the stretch while finally getting some shots to fall by finding spaces in the open court. Grit and Grind is alive and well.

Nick Calathes : (A-) 8 MIN | 2 PTS | 1-1 FG | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | +0

Calathes was absolutely devastating to the Heat during his four minute spell in the fourth quarter, his defensive tenacity and great decision making on the fast break helped blow the game open and put the result beyond doubt. Such great evolution for Calathes as he is now making great contributions on the court through his bullish play.

Mike Miller : (C-) 9 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-2 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | -9

Miller simply needs to be shooting more in order to get out of second gear, against the Sixers would be a good opportunity for Miller to start and hoist up a lot more shots as the Grizzlies would certainly like to see Miller become a big threat from the outside once again.

Kosta Koufos : (N/A) 3 MIN | 2 PTS | 0-1 FG | -2

Gasol's ironman night reduced Koufos into an insignificant role, but he will probably be utilised a lot more in the upcoming game against the Sixers. Just like JJ and TA, Kosta gets himself into great positions on the court, just need to work on finishing with more regularity.

Ed Davis : (B-) 6 MIN | 3 PTS | 1-2 FG | 3 REB | -2

Extremely active on the glass in limited playing time shows that Ed isn't treating his court time lightly, he is doing all he can to audition for his next contract whether it may be with the Grizzlies or elsewhere.


Miami Heat : (C)

A ridiculous three-point shooting display and an unstoppable LeBron during the first half gave the Heat false hope that an easy win was in store, however as soon as the long balls stopped falling and the Grizzlies started to gang up on James, the complexion of the game changed completely from late in the third quarter. Once the Grizzlies finally instilled their classic Grit and Grind style of play into the game, the Heat's offense stagnated and could not keep up with the red hot Grizzlies.