The Grizzlies exploded for 32-points in the first quarter and kept the Brooklyn Nets at bay from there, as Memphis went on to win the first of a short two-game road trip 103-92. As usual, here are my three takeaways from the win, and tonight I made a couple of absolutely terrible photoshops to spice things up.
1) LEEZY SEASON APPROACHING
I don't know whether Courtney Lee was really happy to be reunited with his former Boston teammate Jeff Green or if he was playing his heart out in an attempt to keep Green from taking his starting job, but whatever it was definitely worked. Lee came out firing from the opening tip, draining six of his first seven shots, including three three-pointers, on his way to a 15-point first quarter. For perspective, Courtney has scored 15 or more points in an entire game only three other times since the start of December.
Lee cooled off from there, finishing with 18 points and three assists while shooting 7-10 from the floor.
2) It's Not Easy Being Green
Jeff Green struggled to find a shooting touch in 26 minutes off the bench in his Grizzlies debut, shooting 3-11 from the field and 0-4 behind the arc. However, despite the inefficient shooting he played well, staying within the flow of the offense and finding success by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. All of Green's makes were near the rim, and he converted on all four of his attempts from the charity stripe. Green finished with 10 points.
Defensively he forced Joe Johnson into several difficult shots, and was a key factor in containing the seven-time All-Star, who finished with 8 points on 3-12 shooting.
You don't want to judge one game too much, but despite the poor shooting, this game left me feeling optimistic about Green's future in Memphis.
3) Highlight Reel
The Grizzlies decided to get flashy on a couple of baskets tonight, including this play right before halftime when Mike Conley split the double team in downright filthy fashion and then flipped in a right-handed floater. After watching it I immediately felt the need to take a shower.
In the third quarter, this pass from Marc "Magic Johnson" Gasol happened. I don't know how to put words together to do it justice. I have no idea. Just watch it.