Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 112 - Mavericks 101
Coach Dave Joerger:
Dave Joerger shed the former for the starting lineup that actually puts the Grizzlies at an advantage to start the game! I think he saw me threaten to start docking his grade. I KNOW HE READS! Keeping minutes down for this Grizzlies team is huge and that's what he did against the Mavs. Conley may actually be able to play on the back-to-back, and Joerger mixed Jeff Green perfectly into the lineup. It wasn't too much or too little. It was the right amount of Green.
Mike Conley: 26 MINS | 14 PTS | 4-9 FGS | 3 ASTS | +9
Mike Conley looked like a guy coming off of a few games rest in the first half, but he shook it off. He came out in the third quarter to hit two straight threes that helped spark the Grizzlies' big run. Then it looked like he was going to just keep distributing the ball, but Conley had other plans. He broke the devastating speed - WHICH I'VE MISSED MORE THAN I THINK I WOULD MISS OXYGEN - out to get to the rim and throw the Mavs defense out of whack.
Courtney Lee: 32 MINS | 5 PTS | 1-4 FGS | 3 REBS | +16
COURTNEY LEE, DEFENSIVE STOPPER WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!!!!!!!!! I think since he can't hit the broad side of a barn with a beach ball, L33ZUS (COPYRIGHTED BY AUSTIN REYNOLDS) has started channeling all of his frustrations into the defensive end. AND IT"S FANTASTIC. This is for everyone (me included) that has complained about the Grizzlies' lackadaisical perimeter defense this season. CLee shut down Monta Ellis. Not like a little bit. He made his life a living hell the whole game. It was awesome.
Tony Allen: 32 MINS | 13 PTS | 5-8 FGS | 7 REBS | +16
I was so happy TA played well upon his return to the starting lineup. I was afraid that he'd have an off game and then all the people dissing his move into the starting lineup would pop out of their Twitter bushes. Unfortunately for those folks, TA played very well in his return to the starting lineup. He was his usual self with a dash of extra scoring and efficiency. Which is kind of weird.
Zach Randolph: 34 MINS | 21 PTS | 8-13 FGS | 5 ASTS | 4 REBS | +14
Zach Randolph has always played well against Dallas. Dallas added a struggling and slow Dirk Nowitzki to the equation, so ZBo feasted. No Mav could contain him in the post, and when they went to double him, he found the open man. The Mavs tried double- and triple-teaming him, but he made them pay. He also has this weird NBA permission where he owns the right to Tyson Chandler's lunch whenever he visits Dallas. He couldn't and wouldn't be contained!
Marc Gasol: 25 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-10 FGS | 10 REBS | +4
The Grizzlies as a whole needed the short break for a variety of reasons, but nobody needed it more than Marc. It looked like the effects of carrying an offense and defense finally caught up to him. He's not been able to string together four good quarters of basketball since the All-Star break. But he finally broke out of his funk even though he was limited by foul trouble. He was rebounding like a maniac and playing his butt off on defense. It was so much fun to watch him acting like himself again.
Marc fouled out for the second game in a row. I didn't think that was physically possible. There are things in the NBA that I just didn't think were possible like:
- James Harden not shooting a free throw in a game
- Stephen Curry not embarrassing one person a game
- LeBron James and Anthony Davis not having two jaw dropping moments per game
I doubt it becomes a trend or anything. One of the flukiest stats in recent memory.
Jeff Green: 27 MINS | 15 PTS | 5-11 FGS | 3 REBS | -9
Jeff Green won this game for the Grizzlies and don't let anyone tell you differently. The game was slipping away from the Grizzlies, Gasol had just gone to the bench with his fifth foul, and ZBo was playing center. Green proceeded to play great defense on Dirk Nowitzki for several possessions, hit a deep three, and yam on Dirk's face. Green was splitting time between playing the wing and stretch four, so it looks like Coach Joerger has found a way to effectively use him.
Vince Carter: 22 MINS | 11 PTS| 4-10 FGS | 3 REBS | +3
Coming into the game I had totally discounted the idea of a Vince Carter revenge game, but that's exactly what we got. This was Vince giving Mark Cuban the finger and showing everyone he still has it.
Kosta Koufos: 19 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 6 REBS | +9
The usual Kosta game. Great defense and rebounding with an Emeril-like dash of scoring in the post (Ed. Note: "BAM!" -KY). I love lineups with Koufos and Green in the frontcourt. They are complementary to one another in several ways and they work well together.
Beno Udrih: 23 MIN | 12 PTS | 5-8 FGS | 3 ASTS | +1
Beno going up against starting point guards is not fun for anyone involved, but get Beno going up against JJ Barea, and we all forget about his screaming match with Joerger earlier this week. I think the lack of Nick Calathes allowed Beno to be Beno. No more looking over his shoulder or splitting time. They just let Beno run free with the second unit and it worked perfectly.
Jordan Adams:: DNP Coach's Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision
Jon Leuer: DNP Coach’s Decision
Nick Calathes: DNP Coach's Decision