Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 90 - Clippers 87
Coach Dave Joerger:
Two plays designed by Coach Joerger stand out in this game. Both came in the first quarter after the Grizzlies called for time after their slow start to the game. The first play resulted in a Mike Conley floater in the lane, the second ended with a Courtney Lee mid-range jumper with the assist from Mike Conley. You just know that the Grizzlies are gonna get a good look at the basket coming out of a time out; Joerger is a master at drawing up plays. Coach did a fantastic job of managing the starters' minutes in the second game in two nights. Joerger deserves a lot of credit for the Grizzlies claiming back to back wins on the road against playoff contenders.
Mike Conley: 33 MINS | 18 PTS | 5-10 FG | 7 ASTS | 3 REBS | 2 STLS | +/- 0
Mike struggled to contain Chris Paul during the first half, which resulted in Coach putting Jeff Green and Courtney Lee on him, but he did manage to take the ball away from Paul on the Clippers' last possession of the game. CP3 was sizing up Courtney Lee, preparing himself to make a drive to the basket to take the potential game winner. CLee pressured Paul into mishandling the ball, Mike nipped in to take the ball away, and ran up the court which resulted in Matt Barnes fouling Conley and sending him to the free throw line, where he made both to seal the win for the Grizzlies. During the third quarter Conley made a deep three at the end of the shot clock to tie the game at 52. It was his only made three of the game, but it swung the momentum in favor of Memphis as they took control of the game and never looked back. The All-Star break has done Conley a world of good as he's returned to action looking refreshed and determined to lead this team towards the title.
Courtney Lee: 29 MINS | 9 PTS | 3-8 FG | 3 ASTS | 1 REB | 2 STLS | -1
Courtney didn't have the best of nights on the offensive end, but was immense on the defensive side of the court as he helped hold Jamal Crawford and J. J. Redick to a combined 7-27 from the field, which played a huge part in the win. Despite Courtney's struggles on offense, he did a good job spreading the floor, but he just couldn't make his shots; we should let him off with this one though following his great performance in Portland. Lee hit a huge three with 2:28 left in the game to put Memphis up 88-80 before the Grizzlies tried their hardest to throw that lead away.
Jeff Green: 34 MINS | 16 PTS | 5-12 FG | 3-6 3 PT | 2 ASTS | 6 REBS | +/- 0
Jeff gave the Grizzlies their first score of the game after almost 3 minutes of action as he drove to the basket for the layup. He then proceeded to jack a couple of three point attempts and miss mid-range jumpers. During the third quarter Green made three straight three point attempts from the same spot in the corner which helped get the team back into the game. He did a brilliant job on Chris Paul when asked to defend him; Paul started the game hitting 8-10 from the field before Green got the job of guarding him, which resulted in Paul missing his next three shots. He also had a good night on the boards, pulling in 6 rebounds.
Zach Randolph: 31 MINS | 7 PTS | 2-12 FG | 2 ASTS | 10 REBS | +3
Blake Griffin missing out through injury is what made ZBo have a tough night offensively as he struggled with his shot all night. Griffin usually guards Zach in this match up, but he found DeAndre Jordan guarding him on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for ZBo, he struggled to cope with Jordan's size and couldn't get his shot going at all. I don't understand why the Grizzlies thought it would be a good idea to keep giving the ball to Zach at the end of the game whilst leading by 8. This poor decision making led to the lead being cut to one point before Chris Paul's turnover helped the Grizzlies pull out the win. His struggles from the field led to him struggling from the charity stripe as he made just 50% of his free throws. Zach did manage to get to double digits in rebounding once again.
Marc Gasol: 30 MINS | 14 PTS | 6-11 FG | 4 ASTS | 6 REBS | 3 BLKS | -2
Just like his teammates, Marc also struggled with his shot during the first half. He also got himself into early foul trouble, picking up two in the first quarter. He did manage to record two of his blocks during the first half though. Marc came out for the second half determined to take over the game. He got the Grizzlies' first four points of the third quarter before assisting Jeff Green for the three pointer. He would go on to finish the game with four assists. As Marc raised his game in the second half so did his teammates. Gasol was the catalyst for this win as he led his team on both ends of the floor. Marc is absolutely vital to this team, not just in the present but also in the future. Max Marc
Tony Allen: 28 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-10 FG | 5 REBS | 2 STLS | +3
Is there a better rebounding guard in the game than Tony? I don't think there is. He has a great knack for positioning himself in the paint to collect defensive and offensive rebounds, and last night was no different as he helped himself to two offensive boards and three on the defensive end. He finished the game with two steals but was unfortunate not to end with more as he tipped countless passes away from their intended target. Tony caused absolute chaos last night which was vital to the Grizzlies as they struggled to get anything going in the first half. He also led the Grizzlies' scorers at halftime, going in at the break with eight points.
Nick Calathes: 16 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-5 FG | 3 ASTS | 3 REBS | 2 STLS | +7
Nick Calathes is becoming the Grizzlies' Swiss Army Knife. He stuffs every aspect of his stat sheet every single night. He's really stepped his game up over the past couple of months. It's really hard to tell if Calathes or Udrih will become the Grizzlies' true backup point guard as we head towards the playoffs. I think a lot will depend on personal match ups as to which player will see the most playing time.
Kosta Koufos: 18 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-6 FG | 5 REBS | 1 AST | 5
Kosta also struggled to hit his shots during the game, but as we've come to expect, he did have another good rebounding performance, pulling in 5 boards in his 18 minutes. KK will make a nice starting center for someone next season. He deserves the chance to start in the NBA; unfortunately for him he is not going to get that chance in Memphis while Marc Gasol is on the team.
Beno Udrih: 7 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-5 FG | +4
Beno has struggled with his shot since the All-Star break; I'm sure he will get back into the groove in the near future though. Udrih didn't see much playing time last night. This was down to the fact that Calathes was having such a good all around game.
Jon Leuer: 9 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-2 FG | 3 REBS | -4
Jonny Badger hit two nice mid-range jumpers and grabbed 3 rebounds in his 9 minutes. If he continues to hit the jumper he could see his minutes increase over the coming weeks.
JaMychal Green: DNP CD
Jordan Adams: DNP CD