Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 96 - Bucks 83
Coach Dave Joerger:
Going forward, Coach Dave Joerger will be receiving a grade deduction for each game the current starting lineup starts. Why gain points for continuing to put your team at a disadvantage? There's a heap, A HEAP I SAY, of evidence that points to it being absolutely ineffective. It makes no sense that it's still being used. You can say that the stars need to be stars, but they are incapable of doing so with Courtney Lee and Jeff Green on the court at the same time. The game started as the last few have, and everything flipped when Tony Allen came in for Jeff Green.
The new, lauded substitution strategy really makes no sense if you really think about it. The new strategy employs Jeff Green in the starting lineup, but subs Tony Allen into the game about 4 or 5 minutes into the game. WHY LET THE OTHER TEAM GET OUT TO A LEAD? It makes no sense to me and I don't think I'm the only one. Besides the starting lineup, however, Joerger had a great game.
Beno Udrih: 31 MINS | 14 PTS | 6-10 FGS | 2 ASTS | -3
Beno filled in for Mike Conley nicely as he has several times this season. He was scoring from all over the floor and moving the ball around. It was nice to see him playing and playing well after his playing time has fluctuated since the All-Star break.
Courtney Lee: 29 MINS | 17 PTS | 6-10 FGS | 2 ASTS | +10
COURTNEY LEE IS BACK AND IT'S FANTASTIC! This is what happens when Courtney Lee is aggressive and confident in his shot. He was spacing the floor for the bigs by hitting threes, but not limiting himself to spot-up opportunities. He was a scorer, not just a three point shooter.
Jeff Green: 27 MINS | 15 PTS | 5-13 FGS | 5 REBS | -2
Green couldn't guard The Greek Freak, but when he's in a zone like that, all you can do is try to slow him down. The forward lauded as the Grizzlies' "fourth option" took the most shots on the team. Again. He did do some good things; his two corner threes helped open up the offense and he stayed aggressive enough to get to the free throw line 4 times.
Zach Randolph: 34 MINS | 15 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 6 REBS | +12
Zach Randolph didn't have the best shooting game, but he was still fighting inside with the big Bucks front line. They were doubling him every time he touched the ball, and their length made it more effective. ZBo couldn't get into a groove, but he and Marc got their mojo back a bit.
Marc Gasol: 34 MINS | 12 PTS | 6-12 FGS | 7 REBS | 7 ASTS | -3
It would be great if the best Grizzly players could stop getting hurt. I know he played through it and seemed fine after the game, but IT'S NOT COOL TO SCARE PEOPLE LIKE THAT, MARC. He gets an A for playing through injury and playing well. He's not right, but he's done his best by turning into old Marc Gasol. He distributed the ball, played good defense, and rebounded a little bit.
Tony Allen: 32 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-12 FGS | 3 REBS | +14
Tony Allen's substitution into the game turned everything around. His relentless energy on both ends of the floor is infectious. After The Greek Freak destroyed Jeff Green, but he was slowed down when TA starting defending him. His four steals led to transition opportunities. I'm not going to lie; the last few weeks were rough, but it was all fine when TA flexed at mid court and screamed "FIRST TEAM". That man needs a statue doing the exact same thing and if it doesn't happen I don't know what I'll do.
Oh and there's this!
Bucks offensive rating with Tony Allen on the bench tonight: 108.2. Bucks offensive rating with Tony Allen on the floor tonight: 80.2— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) March 15, 2015
Vince Carter: 16 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 1 REBS | +10
Is bench threat Vince Carter becoming a thing? I think bench threat Vince Carter is slowly, but surely becoming a thing. He hit two threes and a nice scoop shot in the lane. We aren't seeing the same Vince Carter that we saw earlier in the season. He isn't gimping around and making me want to rip my hair completely out every time he shoots.
Nick Calathes:17 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-3 FGS| 4 ASTS | +16
It's such a luxury that the Grizzlies' third point guard is this good. He was whipping the ball around and playing some great defense. He meshes with the second unit very well. He can play fast and get out into transition with the best of them.
Kosta Koufos: 18 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-3 FGS | 7 REBS | +15
Kosta Koufos had five fouls in 18 minutes. I'm not even mad. That's impressive! He still played good defense when he wasn't fouling and rebounded his butt off.
JaMychal Green: 2 MINS
Grade: Not Eligible
Jordan Adams:: DNP Coach's Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision
Jon Leuer: DNP Coach’s Decision