Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 89 - Timberwolves 90
Coach Dave Joerger:
Perhaps the biggest downfall for the Grizzlies in this game was their failure to feed Zach Randolph. Through Memphis' 8 game winning streak ZBo has been on fire, yet last night he would play 8 first half minutes without attempting a single field goal. He came out after the break and didn't take a shot until half way through the 3rd quarter. Maybe if Joerger had instructed his team to get Zach Randolph going they could have won this game. Joerger did hand JaMychal Green his Grizzlies debut, which turned out to be a plus as JaMychal did good things in his 9 minutes of action, HCDJ has to take credit for putting him in the game when it was obvious Jon Leuer was struggling.
Mike Conley: 36 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-13 FG | 7 ASTS | 4 REBS | +5
Mike was quiet to start the game, he didn't make his first field goal until the end of the 2nd quarter but still finished the game with 15 points. His three point shooting wasn't up to his usual high standards, knocking down 1-5 from behind the arc, but he was 6-13 overall from the field. Doing a great job driving the the basket and hitting floaters. Conley finished with a team high 7 assists. On the defensive end Mike dared Ricky Rubio to shoot jumpers all night by going under the screen on almost every possession. Unfortunately for him Rubio had a great shooting night, hitting 6-12 from the field including 3-4 from three.
Courtney Lee: 28 MINS | 14 PTS | 5-9 FG | 1 AST | 2 STLS | -6
CLee was arguably the best player on the court for Memphis last night. He did a great job on both ends of the floor, though I would have liked to see him take a couple more shots. On offense he was doing a great job hitting jumpers and also driving to the basket, hitting 5-9 from the floor for 14 points. On defense Courtney had 2 steals in the game and did a great job sticking with Kevin Martin who hit just 4-11 from the floor including 1-6 from three.
Jeff Green: 31 MINS | 15 PTS | 5-13 FG | 2 ASTS | 3 REBS | +4
Green #1 spent a lot of time driving through the paint in this game, unfortunately for him and us he couldn't finish much. He finished the game hitting just 5-13 field goal attempts. Coming into this game Jeff Green had hit 91% of his free throws in a Grizzlies uni, but he made just 5-9 from the charity stripe in this game, which included 3 straight misses. On the defensive end Jeff struggled to stop Andrew Wiggins all night.
Zach Randolph: 29 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-7 FG | 10 REBS | 1 BLK | -10
Why oh why did it take until 6:25 had gone off the clock in the 3rd quarter for ZBo to take his first shot of the game? Minnesota put big bodies on Randolph and also double teamed him numerous times, but still, Memphis needed to feed 50 in this game. Zach looked a frustrated figure throughout the game. With the Grizzlies up by 1 near the end of the game Mike Conley put Zach in trouble near the end of the shot clock, he had to put up a long jumper before the clock expired. Zach seemed ready to explode after he missed the shot, Minnesota rebounded the ball and Zach got called for the reach in foul on Rubio who went to the free throw line, knocking down both of them to win the game for Minnesota. ZBo had a great block on LaVine as he went up for a dunk in the 3rd quarter.
Marc Gasol: 32 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-9 FG | 2 ASTS | 3 REBS | 3 STLS | +4
Marc started the game by helping get the Timberwolves bigs into early foul trouble with Dieng and Pekovic picking up 2 fouls a piece in the 1st quarter. Unfortunately the Grizzlies didn't really take advantage of this. Gasol needed to be more aggressive in this game, he would take just 9 shots in 32 minutes, though he did knock down 6 of them. It was obvious that Minnesota had a plan to stop Randolph. Gasol should have seen this and demanded the ball more, he knows he could have got whatever he wanted in this game after the way he destroyed Minnesota in the first game of the season.
Tony Allen: 22 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-5 FG | 2 REBS | 1 STL | 1 BLK | +7
Just like Jeff Green, Allen also had a tough night guarding Andrew Wiggins. Tony picked up 2 early fouls, which meant he couldn't be as aggressive as usual on the defensive end. He had one fantastic play in the game, blocking a shot on the defensive end before running the floor and finishing the layup at the other end. I would have liked to have seen more minutes from TA in this game. He thrives in these scrappy games and often helps drag the team to victory in these type of performances.
Beno Udrih: 11 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-4 FG | 4 ASTS | 3 REBS | - 6 |
We didn't see enough of Beno in this game. He hit a couple of nice mid-range jumpers in the first half and dished out 3 assists. Then we didn't really see him in the second half, mainly due to Mike Conley having a nice game. He had the best possible game that he could have had in his limited minutes.
Kosta Koufos: 18 MINS | 2 PTS | 1 REB | 2 BLKS | +/- 0
KK played 18 minutes and didn't really do too much. He hit his only field goal attempt with a nice hook shot and had back to back blocks on the same defensive play, first blocking Thad Young at the rim before blocking Pekovic as he attempted the put back.
Nick Calathes: 13 MINS | 2-5 FG | 4 PTS | 2 ASTS | -7
Calathes showed great energy in the game, just as he does every night. But much like the rest of the Grizzlies he couldn't really get his game going. Nick's streak of 13 straight games with a steal came to an end in this game.
Jon Leuer: 6 MINS | 0 PTS | 1 REB | -4
Nothing to see here, Coach Joerger had to pull Leuer from the game for his failure to stop Anthony Bennett.
JaMychal Green: 9 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-3 FG | 2 REBS | +8
The one bright spark in this game for Memphis and he can't receive a grade as he played fewer than 10 minutes. Green #2 was fantastic in his 9 minutes, hitting 3-3 field goals despite looking like he wasn't sure where he needed to be on offense, he knocked down 2-2 free throws and grabbed a couple of defensive rebounds. We should maybe have seen more of him in the second half but Coach Joerger kept him on the bench. I'd like to think that he will receive a contract until the end of the season.
Jordan Adams: DNP CD