Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 97 - Kings 83
Coach Dave Joerger:
Besides his steady refusal to play Kosta Koufos over Marc Gasol at the end of the fourth quarter, Coach Joerger had a good game. His lineups were meshing and not terrible the whole game. Starting Jeff Green in place of Tony Allen was a risky move, but probably necessary. He couldn't start Vince Carter after what he did against San Antonio so taking a chance on the Lee/Green combo was necessary.
Mike Conley: 34 MINS | 18 PTS | 6-14 FGS | 4 REBS | +0
Mike Conley took advantage of the poor Kings defense for 18 points. He looked as healthy as he has in a while until he got destroyed in the lane by Ryan Hollins. He stayed in the game after being down on the floor for a minute, but it looked like he was in pain. He still had a good game even if his numbers (other thanhis points) were low.
Courtney Lee: 33 MINS | 10 PTS | 5-10 FGS | 1 REB | +2
Courtney can't hit a three to save his life right now, but he's regaining his luster inside the arch. If you told me right now that I had to pick either Courtney Lee or Tony Allen to take an important three I'm not quite sure who I would pick. I may just decide to do it myself. He's not even taking and missing bad threes; he is missing wide open opportunities. Maybe hitting his midrange shots and layups (FINALLY!) is going to get him going.
Jeff Green: 33 MINS | 16 PTS | 6-11 FGS | 4 REBS | 4 ASTS | +17
Jeff Green's turnaround has to do with two things: He is more comfortable with his teammates, and Coach Joerger has a more defined role that fits him now. The Grizzlies' ball movement returned to its early season levels against the Kings, and some credit has to go to Jeff Green. He knew where his teammates needed to get the ball or where they would be open. The role Joerger has fleshed out for Green changed a bit last night, but not enough to change how he plays. When playing small forward he attacks the basket, especially in transition, relentlessly. When he plays power forward he spreads the floor and moves the ball.
Zach Randolph: 30 MINS | 15 PTS | 5-12 FGS | 7 REBS | +13
The Kings were without Boogie Cousins, so Jason Thompson was having to guard ZBo more than Reggie Evans. So ZBo went to work. He was hitting his jumper. The elbow injury he suffered last game seemed to be bothering him though. That he stayed aggressive throughout the game despite the lingering elbow injury ending up being his downfall. After Thompson maliciously hit his face against ZBo's already injured elbow, then a Kings guard slapped him, ZBo went down hard. He tried to play through it, but he couldn't even move it enough to get a rebound. Hopefully it isn't too serious.
Marc Gasol: 27 MINS | 8 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 11 REBS | 6 ASTS | +11
Marc is still not himself, but he fought all game in the win over Sacramento. He's getting a T for tired because he looks exhausted. In his 27 minutes, Gasol struggled with turnovers, fouls, and missed shots. The ripping of the jersey was one of my favorite moments of the season so he gets a + for that. I was hoping he wouldn't even come back into the game after gaining his fifth foul late in the fourth quarter. But Coach Joerger continues to be stubborn about playing Kosta over him.
Kosta Koufos: 24 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-6 FGS | 12 REBS | +6
Kosta Koufos was a breath of fresh air at the center position. His defensive presence is much bigger than Marc Gasol's at this point in time. It was almost like the free agent to be...who would've thunk it? From the second he entered the game for ZBo in the first quarter, Koufos was rebounding his butt off and fighting on defense. His 12 rebounds and 3 blocks led the team. The offense he provided helped a fledgling second unit stay afloat when they absolutely needed him.
Vince Carter: 25 MINS | 9 PTS| 3-8 FGS | 2 REBS | +5
The 3 three pointers that VInce hit were huge shots. It looked like the Vince that struggles with his shot had made a reappearance, but he powered through to help the Grizzlies put their struggles behind them for a moment. When Carter is shooting well it allows Coach Joerger to be more flexible and creative with the lineups considering the spacing he provides.
Beno Udrih: 17 MIN | 7 PTS | 3-6 FGS | 3 ASTS | +12
Beno Udrih the corner three threat is becoming a real thing! It's nice to see him extending his range to the corner more often. Beno did a much better job than he has in the last few games of actually running the offense. He was calling and running plays that actually ended in the Grizzlies scoring. The Grizzlies' ball movement was fantastic at times, and Beno was a reason for that.
Nick Calathes: 15 MINS | 4 PTS | 2-3 FGS| 3 ASTS | +9
Calathes is playing next to Conley and Udrih, mostly as a shooting guard, and it's yielded some mixed results. He doesn't really space the floor and he has to play with people that can. Part of the reason the Kings made a mini comeback was because the offense stalled with Calathes on the floor. He still moved the ball well and did his usual good job on defense.
JaMychal Green: 4 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-2 FGS | -5
Grade: Not Eligible
Tony Allen: DNP Strained Hamstring
Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision
Russ Smith: DNP Coach's Decision
Jon Leuer: DNP Coach’s Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision