Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 98 - Trailblazers 92
Coach Dave Joerger: 1 TECH
Coach Joerger knows when to get techs and it helped at the time. I don't think the Grizzlies have ever lost a game when he's gotten a technical. The lineups continue to be....perplexing at times, but the Calathes/Conley/TA/Gasol or ZBo/Koufos lineups were able to claw back into the game. The minutes management in this game wasn't great. Randolph and Gasol playing 35+ minutes with a game on Monday seems like a poor decision.
Mike Conley: 30 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-15 FGS | 8 ASTS | 6 REBS | +22
Mike Conley finally looks healthy! He was zipping around instead of looking like he was dragging around a boulder. The shots weren't falling, and I don't think anyone takes as much contact in the paint without calls as Conley does, but he still made an impact on offense. He was driving and kicking to open guys and getting out into transition. I was hoping for the triple-double, but he just couldn't quite get there.
Courtney Lee: 30 MINS | 19 PTS | 6-8 FGS | 3 REBS | +2
Courtney Lee looked rested and ready to go against Portland! He was attacking the basket and hit all of his threes. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times; the Grizzlies are at their best when CLee is hitting threes. Him efficiently attacking isn't a must, but it's definitely a nice perk when he does it. His defense was not great, especially in the third quarter when the Trailblazers went out to a big lead. Luckily, he showed at the end of the fourth quarter to help take the Grizz to a win.
Jeff Green: 25 MINS | 12 PTS | 6-9 FGS | 5 REBS | -4
Slowly, but surely Jeff Green is learning that he cannot, in fact, make jumpshots. Eventually he will be taking efficient shots that the Grizzlies need him to take. He dunked on Robin Lopez's face (pretty cool) and didn't play very much defense (not so cool). It'd be nice to see him more at the four, but considering how bad his defense has been lately I'm not surprised Coach Joerger doesn't take the chance.
Zach Randolph: 37 MINS | 15 PTS | 7-18 FGS | 9 REBS | +7
With LaMarcus Aldridge out with a hand injury, the stage was set for a big ZBo game. He was being guarded by Meyers Leonard (and at times Robin Lopez) so he shouldn't have struggled as much as he did. He missed so many shots at the rim, but as usual he showed up when the Grizzlies needed him to. Randolph playing 37 minutes is not great for him. Hopefully he can dispose of Big Baby early on Monday so he can rest.
Marc Gasol: 36 MINS | 21 PTS | 9-17 FGS | 6 REBS | +1
MARC GASOL HAS RETURNED TO FEED ON THE SOULS OF THOSE FROME PORTLAND. HE CARES NOT FOR YOUR ROBIN LOPEZ (SLIDESHOW BOB) OR CHRIS KAMAN (HOMELESS MAN). HE ONLY CARES ABOUT WINNING AND CRUSHING THE DREAMS OF TRAILBLAZERS. It'd be cool if he would pretend to care about rebounding the basketball, but that's part of the Marc Gasol experience.
Tony Allen: 29 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-5 FGS | 7 REBS | +9
Nick Calathes: 15 MINS | 2 PTS| 1-4 FGS | 4 STLS | +2
Kosta Koufos: 18 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-5 FGS | 6 REBS| +9
These three were huge parts of the comeback and subsequent win. They had little impact on offense (Koufos even missed a dunk), but their defensive impact cannot be overstated. Here are some stats from the game:
lol Conley-Calathes-Allen-Gasol-Koufos posted a defensive rating of 29.6 tonight— trisity (@Trisity_) February 23, 2015
Grizzlies had a DRTG of 65 when Calathes was on the floor tonight.— trisity (@Trisity_) February 23, 2015
Both of those stats are insane. First off, that lineup was insane on defense. The Trailblazers were stifled in every way. Secondly, Nick Calathes shut down everyone he guarded the whole game. Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, Arron Afflalo, and Dorrell Wright fell victim to the Calathes effect for short periods of time. Tony Allen and Koufos contributed on the boards, while Gasol struggled (didn't feel like doing it). Calathes had 4 steals and 4 assists, but couldn't get his shot going.
Beno Udrih: 16 MIN | 6 PTS | 3-7 FGS | 1 AST | -19
Oh man Beno Udrih was not good against the Trailblazers. The midrange jumper wasn't falling and the defense just was not there. He was part of the group that lead to Trailblazer runs. Steve Blake and Damian Lillard lit him up in all kinds of ways. I've seen better performances from Beno.
Jon Leuer: 5 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-1 FGS| 0 REBS| -7
Grade: Not eligible
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision
JaMychal Green: DNP Coach’s Decision