Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 109 - 90 Mavericks
Coach Dave Joerger:
Coach Joerger did a fantastic job last night. To go into Dallas on the second night of a back to back and hold the Mavs to 90 points and win the game by 19 points was pretty amazing, even more so when you consider that he went into the game without two of the Grizzlies' most influential players in Mike Conley and Tony Allen. HCDJ rode with the bench whilst they were hot, and called time outs at the right moments in the third quarter when Dallas threatened to put a couple of runs together. Joerger also gave rookie Jordan Adams some nice playing time. I would have given him an 'A+', but the one thing that stopped me was him bringing Gasol back in with 5 minutes left when Memphis were up by 20 and Dallas had given up on the game.
Beno Udrih: 20 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-6 FG | 5 ASTS | +2
Beno did a great job of filling in for the injured Mike Conley once again, and he was hitting the sweet mid-range jumpers that we've come to expect from him, connecting on 4-5 FGA inside the three point line. He also dished out 5 assists for his teammates, 4 of which came in the first half. All this came in just 20 minutes of action after he was able to share his minutes with Nick Calathes, who was fantastic in the game.
Courtney Lee: 30 MINS | 13 PTS | 3-4 3PT | 2 ASTS | 2 REBS | +9
CLee was on fire from deep in the game, hitting 3-4 from behind the arc. He also hit a couple of nice mid-range jumpers. Lee put himself about on the defensive end, harassing his man at every opportunity. Early in the third quarter, Courtney picked up 2 quick fouls, but didn't let his head drop as he buried a corner three on the next offensive play to extend the Grizzlies lead to 14.
Jeff Green: 30 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-7 FG | 2 ASTS | 2 REBS | +/- 0
This may have been Jeff's quietest Grizzlies game to date. He didn't have many chances to drive to the rim, thanks mainly to the great inside play of Marc and ZBo. Green continued to shoot well from three, making 2 of his 3 attempts. He did a good job on the boards, helping himself to 5 rebounds. Jeff failed to stop Chandler Parsons having another great night against the Grizzlies (7-11 from the field). I wouldn't let this get to me if I was Jeff; Parsons has gone off in all 3 games against Memphis this season.
Zach Randolph: 33 MINS | 22 points | 10-15 FG | 10 REBS | 2 ASTS | +14
ZBo was amazing throughout, well, after the Grizzlies' first 2 possessions of the game that is. Zach started the game with a turnover, then followed that up by missing his first field goal attempt before proceeding to destroy the Dallas Mavericks. Throughout the first half. Dallas double-teamed Zach on almost every possession. It worked to some degree as he went in at the half with 8 points. They then stopped with the double-teams in the third quarter, and Zach helped himself to a further 14 points in the second half, showing his range by hitting a procession of step back fadeaways, including one right at the end of the shot clock to halt a 7-0 scoring run from Dallas as they tried to get back into the game. ZBo grabbed 10 boards, finishing the game with his 10th straight double double.
Marc Gasol: 28 MINS | 15 PTS | 7-13 FG | 6 ASTS | 4 REBS | -3
I've loved the job that Marc Gasol has done in the games that Mike Conley has missed this season, I've never seen a center dictate games for their team as well as Marc has when Mike's been out. Gasol was able to get some nice rest in the game thanks to the great play from the bench, but he still influenced his team in a huge way. He did a great job facilitating for his teammates, finishing with 6 assists, and he helped himself to 15 points. In the second quarter, ZBo found Marc in the paint who finished with a great spin move on Monta Ellis. Then to start the third quarter he grabbed a great offensive rebound from a Beno three-point attempt and finished with an incredible put back, and on the following play he drew an offensive foul on Chandler. Dallas had no answer for Wendigo - this was yet another All-Star performance from our All-Star starter.
Nick Calathes: 27 MINS | 13 PTS | 4-8 FG | 2-3 3PT | 2 ASTS | 5 REBS | +17
Nick finished the game with a new season high in points, 13, pulled in 5 boards, hit back-to-back threes, and had 2 all important steals, the first of which came at the end of the first quarter. The Grizzlies trailed by 4, Calathes got to the free throw line and knocked down 2, then on the following inbounds play he stole the ball and laid it in for 2 as Memphis finished the quarter tied at 24. The second steal came at the end of the third. Nick stole the ball on the defensive end, ran the floor, and assisted Courtney Lee on the jumper to extend the Grizzlies lead to 14 going into the final quarter. Between Nick and Beno, both of them made certain that Memphis didn't miss their starting point guard last night.
Kosta Koufos: 20 MINS | 9 PTS | 3-7 FG | 6 REBS | +16
Ok, so in my notes for Kosta all I've got is 'still struggling from the field 0-3. Check shooting after game.' Well after writing that, Kosta came out in the second half and hit 3-4 from the field and 3-4 from the charity stripe. So I'll take credit for ending Kosta's mini slump, thank you. KK also had another good night on the glass, finishing with 6 boards in 20 minutes.
Jordan Adams: 10 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-3 FG | +8
Jordan Adams had a nice game in his 10 minutes played. He hit his only three point attempt and never gave up harassing people on the defensive end despite the fact he got burned by Monta Ellis on more than one occasion.
Vince Carter: 26 MINS | 12 PTS | 3-10 FG | 2 ASTS | 3 REBS | +20
I enjoyed Vince in this game when he was driving to the basket, getting to the line and being a nuisance on D. I didn't enjoy his three point shooting, which included air balling one attempt when wide open.
I'd like to put Jonah Jordan's letter out there once again;
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.
Jon Leuer: 9 MINS | 4 PTS | 1 AST | 2 REBS | +11
Tyrus Thomas: 1 MIN | +1
Mike Conley: DNP Injury
Tony Allen: DNP Injury