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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons

The full report card for the Grizzlies' loss to the Pistons.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 95 - Pistons 105

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade: C

If I was Coach Dave Joerger, I would have ripped all of my hair out during this game. The Grizzlies were playing great, but fell apart in every possible way in the second half. He didn't make the adjustments necessary at any time for the Grizzlies to turn it around. Coach Joerger looked exasperated and confused after the game. I don't blame him.

Starters

Beno Udrih: 30 MINS | 9 PTS | 3-7 FGS | 9 ASTS | -8

Grade: B-

Breaking news coming your way in this next sentence. Beno Udrih is not and never will be Mike Conley. The Grizzlies don't collapse like they did with Mike Conley running with the starters and Beno with the bench. Beno did the best he could with what he had, but it wasn't enough. He was bizarro Beno in the losing effort. Instead of hitting midrange jumpers and doing what he could at the rim, Beno hit 50% of his shots under the rim, missed all of his midrange jumpers, and hit a three. I really don't think I'm emotionally ready to talk about how Reggie Jackson tore apart Beno at every turn.

Courtney Lee: 28 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 0-5 3FGA | -9

Grade: D

The fact that the Grizzlies' offensive struggles coincide with Courtney Lee's shooting woes is not a coincidence. His consistent bricking of open threes is killing the spacing of the Grizzlies offense. He was unplayable against the Pistons. The three shots he hit were inside the three point line, but instead of going back there, he kept missing threes. It would be nice to have the old Courtney Lee back.

Jeff Green: 33 MINS | 21 PTS | 7-12 FGS | 5 REBS | -12

Grade: B+

You'd think when Jeff Green has his best game in a Grizzlies uniform and is absolutely awesome that the Grizzlies would win. He was hitting his threes and his shots at the rim. It was like he took a John Hollinger efficiency class before the game. It was also a great game from Green on the defensive end. The rest of the team wasted the effort from Green.

Zach Randolph: 35 MINS | 13 PTS | 6-13 FGS | 5 REBS | -7

Grade: B-

Zach Randolph struggled with the length and athleticism of the Pistons' frontline. It was obvious he was frustrated and he started forcing it. He was stifled on the boards and was a liability on defense. He was playing out of character, much like the rest of the Grizzlies team.

Marc Gasol: 30 MINS | 17 PTS | 6-11 FGS | 11 REBS | -9

Grade: B+

Marc Gasol's first half was the aggressive Gasol we all want to see. He was going at Andre Drummond and dominating him. It was great to see. Then he reverted back to his old self. Keeping up the defensive end on the second night of a back to back was too much for him to handle. He was dishing it out to the open man and playing crazy defense. Then he reverted to something I've never seen before. He wasn't playing defense and was so obviously miffed about something. It was the worst I've seen him act in a long time. Then he fouled out. I don't remember him doing any of that before.

Bench

Vince Carter: 19 MINS | 14 PTS| 4-8 FGS | 3 REBS | +1

Grade: B

VINCE CARTER IS ALIVE AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! HE GETS THE ALL CAPS TREATMENT AS LONG AS HE IS SPLASHING THREES LIKE HE'S KYLE KORVER! HE PLAYS ON BAD ANKLES AND PLAYS GOOD DEFENSE AND SPLASHES THREES! YOU CAN'T STOP THIS WOUNDED WARRIOR!

Tony Allen: 31 MINS | 9 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 5 REBS | -6

Grade: B-

Tony Allen took the same amount of shots as Marc Gasol and two less than Zach Randolph. That should never be the case. He did have the same kind of energy as he did in the Bucks game, but he wasn't able to keep it up for the whole game on the back to back.

Kosta Koufos: 16 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-3 FGS | 6 REBS | +2

Grade: C+

Kosta has lost all semblance of touch the last few weeks. I don't know what's going on with that. He's still playing good defense and rebounding well, so him only playing 16 minutes was neither great nor ideal.The Grizzlies needed his size against Andre Drummond, but apparently Coach Joerger wasn't feeling it.

Nick Calathes: 18 MINS | 4 PTS | 1-5 FGS| 3 ASTS | -2

Grade: D

The bench thrives with Calathes out in transition after Tony Allen, Kosta Koufos, and Calathes force turnovers. That didn't happen against the Pistons. They were hitting tough shots and the bench couldn't do what they do. Calathes was not on his game at all. He had four turnovers and four fouls, which is not like him at all.

DNPs

Jordan Adams:: DNP Coach's Decision

JaMychal Green: DNP Coach's Decision

Jon Leuer: DNP Coach’s Decision

Russ Smith: DNP Coach's Decision