Just win. That seems to be the mantra for every Grizzlies' victory this season. They don't blow out opponents or hold leads, they just win. Such was the case Sunday evening when the Phoenix Suns set on the Forum, as Memphis would emerge victorous in double overtime 122-110.
What I liked about this game
In his second game back, Zach Randolph had a monster outing, feasting on the overmatched Phoenix defenders in route to a 27-17 night. The big fella looked absolutely spry, and showed no signs of injury.
Another night, another near triple-double for Mike Conley. In his last four games, he's averaging 20.7-7-7.
20 combined points on 9-27 shooting for Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. Hats off to the Grizzlies defense, but particularly their guards. Mike Conley, Courtney Lee, and even Nick Calathes at times, helped to keep the Suns' talented offensive duo in check, and since this game wasn't settled in regulation, that proved to be pretty big. From the tip, Memphis was swarming balls and jumping passing lanes and showing a renewed energy.
What I didn't like about this game
Poor officiating. Like, really bad. Horrible, no good, "how are you employed?" type officiating. In their defense, it at least wasn't one sided, as players on both teams had legitimate gripes. The missed offensive goaltending call, and not allowing the Grizzlies to shoot free throws on the fourth team foul of overtime, however, were inexcusable.
Quincy Pondexter tweeting a picture of the game from a box. I'm gonna miss you, Q. We'll always have the Western Conference Finals, and that time you opened the season shooting 42% from 3 before Wayne Ellington destroyed your knee. Have fun playing with Anthony Davis.
Ball-handling. The Grizzlies were credited with 24 turnovers on the night, including 7 each from Randolph and Conley. Careless mistakes and ill-advised pass attempts helped the Suns get back in the game, and were a key reason the Grizzlies had to log an extra 10 minutes of playing time.
"Marc makes that tip 100 times out of 100"- Sean Tuohy on a tip shot Marc Gasol missed to send the game to overtime. Cleary not.
Man of the Match: Zach Randolph 27 points on 11-16 shooting, 17 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.
The Grizzlies now get two games off before heading to Brooklyn to face the Nets and their old pal Lionel Hollins. In addition to the added rest and extra juice they should have from playing their old coach, the Grizzlies should also have the services of Jeff Green Wednesday night. We'll have you covered all day long with constant coverage of the trade, as well as reactions and predictions.