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Dave Joerger sounds ready to take on the Grizzlies' wing rotation in a "game-to-game" approach


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Ron Tillery recently did a season preview Q&A with Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger. There's a lot of good stuff in there that I recommend you go check out, but here's one that stands out to me regarding the Grizzlies lineups and rotations:

Q: Do you have it figured out in terms of how you're going to rotate the wing players and get them quality minutes?

A: Yeah. But I'm not going to tell you. It really is kind of game to game. There are things that you know that you like. You know, JaMychal had a good October. We need what he brings athletically to the party. With him it'll be like, 'Let's see how it goes and what impact he has on the games in the first half.' And then in the second half be able to, if we need to, slide Jeff or Matt (Barnes) down and play the four. That's the read I'm going to make on that. Once you do that, it changes how you play at the two and the three, and who plays with whom.

Woo hoo! I've been waiting for this since Dave took over. This is the chess playing that we talk about with the greats like Popovich, Carlisle, Vinny Del Negro. It takes a lot of mental organization and discipline to be able to pull off something like that during the course of a game.  The Grizzlies have nice versatility going on down through their roster so this is something that could give them an edge and maybe wring out a few extra wins.

The really good news here is that we probably won't have to bitch and complain about who starts and gets minutes because it'll be switching up enough to distract us from the things that might irritate us.