Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 103 - Magic 94
Coach Dave Joerger:
Coach Joerger rode with a couple of strange lineups down the stretch, and it allowed the Magic to creep back into the game. It would have been nice to see Jordan Adams or Tyrus Thomas, but the game became too close near the end to take chances like that.
Mike Conley: 22 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-8 FGS | 1 REB | +4
Grade: I (Injured)
Mike sprained his wrist and wasn't right for most of the game. Combine that with the two sprained ankles, and you have a seriously limited Mike Conley. I would be shocked if he went tomorrow against Dallas even though they desperately need him. I know Conley will want to go out there and play.
Courtney Lee: 33 MINS | 11 PTS | 2-6 FGS | 2 REBS | +4
CLee hit some threes and played some good defense in the win over the Magic. Over the last few games he has seemed more willing to put up more threes, and it's working out well so far.
Jeff Green: 26 MINS | 12 PTS | 4-6 FGS | 6 REBS | +3
This is the Jeff Green that will help the Grizzlies win basketball games. He was hitting threes, working in the post, and getting out in transition. The coaches need to outlaw the fadeaway elbow jumper from anyone not named Marc Gasol (and even then it's super iffy). I love the defense he is playing. It's not always great scheme-wise, but the effort and intensity are there.
Zach Randolph: 34 MINS | 24 PTS | 8-13 FGS | 10 REBS | 6 ASTS | +6
Z-Bo had a dunk and was splashing all of his mid range jumpers. It was a sight to behold until he got a bit over confident and started shooting threes. I don't remember the last time I saw this Z-Bo. His stamina isn't great, so he's faltering a bit near the end of fourth quarters, but his overall play is outstanding.
Marc Gasol: 34 MINS | 16 PTS | 5-13 FGS | 10 REBS | +2
Marc didn't shoot the ball well, but he stayed aggressive and got to the free throw line. Nobody on the Magic could guard him so they reverted to fouling him. Maybe he was saving all the made shots for the game against Dallas.
Beno Udrih: 26 MIN | 15 PTS | 6-8 FGS | 5 ASTS | +5
Beno had to step up and take more minutes since Mike Conley went down with an injury, and as usual, he flourished. Considering what Elfrid Payton did to him last game. this was fantastic improvement on the defensive end. He had four steals and was all over the court. It may be time for us to stop calling Beno such a bad defender.
Nick Calathes: 15 MINS | 9 PTS | 3-6 FGS | 5 ASTS | +3
The role that Calathes has been put into is very interesting. He's playing in two or three point guard lineups with Udrih or Conley, and it's working. He can defend the two or the three for a short time because of his size. I love Calathes and it's so nice to see the Grizzlies have such options when Conley is down and Carter isn't working out.
Jon Leuer: 14 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-7 FGS| 2 REBS| +3
Jonny Dunkface back? JONNY DUNKFACE BACK!!!!!!! Jonny saw that new competition on the bench in Tyrus Thomas so he took his game to another level. I NEED MORE JONNY IN THE ROTATION. Let Tennessee Dirk face off against Dallas Dirk. It'll be a showdown for the ages.
Kosta Koufos: 14 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-3 FGS | 3 REBS| +7
Not the greatest game from Koufos. His defense was good, but oh was his offense horrible. He was setting illegal screens like he was Kendrick Perkins and missing all his shots...well, like he was Kendrick Perkins. We have seen better performances from K2.
Vince Carter: 22 MINS | 5 PTS| 2-6 FGS | 2 REBS | +6
A quick letter I wrote:
Dear Vince Carter,
Can you please either stop shooting threes or start making them? Maybe take some time off? You could sit until after the All-Star break and let the ankle heal. Your shooting form is off and you look like Mike Miller when he played for the Miami Heat, running three point line to three point line, but throwing your body around recklessly. It's awesome, but extremely worrisome. Please take care of yourself so I can watch you bomb threes in the playoffs.
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision
Tyrus Thomas: DNP Coach's Decision
Tony Allen: DNP Injury