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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks

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Full report card for the Grizzlies' takedown of the Hawks, 94-88.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 94 - Hawks 88

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade: B+

The Grizzlies had a little bit of momentum after taking the lead near the end of the third quarter. Time was running out for the quarter and they had the ball out of bounds. A score here would mean more momentum and a three point lead going into the final period against a really good team. So Coach Joerger drew up a masterpiece.

(via Austin Reynolds)
Starters

Mike Conley: 33 MINS | 21 PTS | 7-12 FGS | 6 ASTS | +8

Grade: A

I think Mike heard about Damian Lillard getting that All-Star reserve nod over him Sunday afternoon. He looked like a man on a mission by relentlessly driving to the basket and finishing or getting fouled. The Hawks were lurking near the end of the game and Conley helped close them out with the Grizzlies' first three pointer and a nice finish. Clutch Conley is my favorite Conley.

Courtney Lee: 31 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 3 REBS | +8

Grade: C+

MORE SHOTS THAN POINTS IS NOT GOOD, COURTNEY. He took 10 shots and only one of them was a three. Just one of those games where CLee tries to get everything done inside the arc. Didn't work out against the Hawks. At least his defense wasn't terrible.

Jeff Green: 26 MINS | 11 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 6 REBS | +7

Grade: B

Jeff is one of those players that can make incredible game changing plays because of his athleticism, but really feels like his jumpshot is why he's where he is when in fact it's not. He will have games where his jumper is on and stretches of games where he can't hit the broad side of a barn. Tonight was not one of those nights. He spent two and half quarters jacking up jumpshots then finally hit two shots at the rim (an incredible dunk and a putback). Those seemed to get him going enough to hit a three pointer in the fourth quarter.

Zach Randolph: 33 MINS | 11 PTS | 5-16 FGS | 15 REBS | +6

Grade: B

The Grizzlies beat the Hawks by 10 if Z-Bo could hit a shot to save his life. He struggled from around the rim, and his jumpshot has finally regressed to the mean. That stretch where he was destroying people was fun, but it's time to bring back third option Z-Bo. I don't like Zach "more shots than points and takes more shots than Marc" Randolph Defensively, he caused problems for Paul Millsap all game long, forcing him into one of his worst shooting performance in a while. It was a polar opposite from the performance Randolph put forth in the loss against Minnesota. The Hawks are not good on the defensive boards so having an engaged Z-Bo was paramount.

Marc Gasol: 36 MINS | 16 PTS | 6-14 FGS | 10 REBS | +9

Grade: A

I thought that Marc had a tough matchup with Al Horford on the other side, but he came out in the first quarter and took it to him on offense. He ran out of steam on offense in the second half because of the defense he was having to play. You usually don't see centers sprinting full speed to close out on three point shooters or to shutdown fastbreak dunks. A combination of Gasol and Koufos kept Horford at 2-11 shooting. The whole Hawks frontcourt was off and it cost them.

Bench

Tony Allen: 27 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-9 FGS | 5 REBS | +1

Grade: A+

How can you not love Tony Allen? He put forth a performance for the ages off the bench. I was super nervous about him running around with Kyle Korver, but he did a great job with it. He was making those crazy plays that only TA could make all game long. There was an ample amount of treats with little trick coming right behind it. The crowd and other Grizzlies were feeding off of the relentless energy. It was a sight to behold.

Kosta Koufos: 17 MINS | 10 PTS | 4-7 FGS | 7 REBS| +3

Grade: A

The Hawks did kind of the same thing with their subs as the Mavericks do with Dirk. Al Horford sat early so he could play with the bench more. That would've been a pretty big problem if it weren't for Kosta. He allowed Marc and Z-Bo to sit for stretches so they could get some rest.

Nick Calathes: 11 MINS | 0 PTS| 0-4 FGS | 3 REBS | -6

Grade: C

The current second unit couldn't run the offense in the half court because of the lack of spacing and Atlanta's suffocating defense. They rely on Beno midrange jumpers or turnovers where Calathes can get into transition and create. That didn't really happen so Calathes was trying to do anything effective in the halfcourt and it just wasn't working. His defense was still very impressive in stretches so he had that going for him.

Beno Udrih: 19 MIN | 6 PTS | 2-7 FGS | 3 ASTS | -2

Grade: C

I almost don't want to grade Beno because I'm kind of certain Al Horford tried to kill him with an illegal screen. As I mentioned in the Calathes section, the second unit's offense relies on Beno in the halfcourt to create off the pick and roll with either his jumper or passing off to others. The Hawks were having none of that.

Jon Leuer: 8 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-3 FGS| 2 REBS| -3

Grade: Ineligible

DNPs

Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision

JaMychal Green: DNP Coach’s Decision