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Final Score: Grizzlies get hot from long range and bounce the T-Wolves, 114-106

Early matinee results for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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The Memphis Grizzlies played a hard fought game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and showed me that veteran savvy can still help win you a game in the NBA. They also showed me that shooting 50%+ from the entire floor also can still help you win a game.

Both teams traded blows throughout the game, but the discipline of Memphis and the inexperience of Minnesota allowed the Grizzlies to pull away in the final minutes. The T-Wolves held onto the gambit of milking the final seconds with fouls for a solid 10 minutes, but the Grizz just kept making free throws (25/27 overall) to seal up the game.

Memphis 114 - Minnesota 106

Three things

  • Mike Conley gets on track. He wasn't consistent throughout the entire game, but he came out of the gate hot and finished really well. The Grizzlies had enough contributions from everyone else to fill in the gaps where Mike lapsed including another very efficient game for Mario Chalmers (16 pts in 18 mins.)
  • Jeff Green starts in place of Courtney Lee. And if you look at Green's stat line (leading scorer for MEM) you'd think it went really well, but JG didn't really get going until Joerger put him into some bench lineups in the 2nd half. Playing alongside Courtney Lee and Matt Barnes with Chalmers at point really opened up the lanes for Jeff. But ironically the night's big moment came from Green nailing a three with 97 seconds left to play.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies, get ready, took more 3-pointers than their opponent! Memphis went 9/17 from three while Minny went 5-16. What's even better for the Grizzlies is that (5) FIVE different players hit from long range.

Things are trending in the right direction for Memphis, but there are still plenty of issues to address. We'll take a deeper look at what's going on as we head into next week.