Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 82 - Jazz 93
Coach Dave Joerger:
Let's breakdown what Coach Joerger is having to deal with:
Fleeting effort on defense
Suspending Tony Allen
Sick ZBo and Beno Udrih
Back-to-back with Houston looming
He did his best considering the circumstances, but Marc Gasol and Mike Conley should not have been in the game near the end when the Jazz were up by 11.
Mike Conley: 36 MINS | 11 PTS | 4-11 FGS | 4 ASTS | -7
There is not one doubt in my mind Mike Conley is hurt. The All-Star break was not enough to cure what's ailing him. He's not venturing into the paint as much as he used to and he looks sluggish on defense.
Courtney Lee: 38 MINS | 18 PTS | 7-13 FGS | 5 REBS | -8
Courtney Lee has come out of all-star break firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, it's gotten lost in all of the losing. He's scoring the basketball in all the ways he knows how. Pull-up jumpers, threes and he drove to the basket a bit. His shooting slipped near the end of the game because the Grizzlies were desperate for threes, but it was a solid game from Marc.
Eff Green: 36 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-13 FGS | 6 REBS | -18
eff Green. No more J's please— Craig Fielder (@craig_fielder) March 4, 2015
Eff Green picked the worst game to start attacking the basket with reckless abandon. Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are great at contesting drives to the basket without fouling. Green was going to the rim, but couldn't finish or get to the rim. He did a good job of distributing the basketball when he was running with the bench unit.
Defensively I haven't seen a Grizzly give less of a crap on defense since Rudy Gay. It's becoming a problem that he cannot and has no interest in guarding the opposing small forward. I understand the thinking; Eff Green should be able to guard the other team's best wing. His size and athleticism should enable him to do that. He does not have the defensive skill to go toe to toe with the better wings in the league.
Kosta Koufos: 34 MINS | 6 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 10 REBS | -23
The Utah Jazz frontcourt is a matchup nightmare for Kosta Koufos. Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Trevor Booker took him to school in every possible way Tuesday night. He couldn't guard Favors, keeps Gobert off the boards or stop Booker from existing. Koufos had the worst +/- (I'm not a big believer in +/- but sometimes it can be helpful) on the team and it wasn't even close.
You would think starting for Zach Randolph would excite Koufos and he would jump at the opportunity to prove himself to the world. That didn't happen. The exact opposite happened. We learned Koufos still struggles with athleticism and faster bigs. Not a good showing from the Grizzlies backup center.
Marc Gasol: 34 MINS | 17 PTS | 6-15 FGS | 8 REBS | -2
This seemed like a great game for Marc Gasol to assert his dominance and put the Grizzlies back on track, but Rudy Gobert blocked that thought and grabbed the rebound before anyone could do anything. Gasol was moved away from the paint because of Rudy Gobert. He was relying on his jumpshot a bit too much. I think it was Gobert, but fatigue could have played a factor.
I saw people on Twitter complaining about Gasol's rebounding and I feel the need to remind them that MARC GASOL IS NOT A GREAT REBOUNDER. That's what makes ZBo a great frontcourt partner for Marc. ZBo is can rebound his ass off while Marc does his thing on defense. I'm not shocked Gobert had 24 rebounds and the Jazz destroyed the Grizz on the glass.
Hold on.....what's that noise. Wait....no way... it can't be.
DEAR GOD THAT'S CHIP WILLIAMS' MUSIC!!! For the first time in Grizzly Bear Blues grades history we have a guest grader and it just happens to be the biggest Jordan Adams fan this side of the Mississippi. Chip will be handling the Jordan Adams section today and hopefully disappearing so they actually ask me to do grades again.
Jordan Adams: 23 MINS | 13 PTS | 6-8 FGS | 1 STLS | +0
It is easy to see that Adams belongs on an NBA court, and the Grizzlies are looking more and more like they found themselves a gem with the 22nd pick in the draft. Dave Joerger mentioned possible lineup changes this past weekend, and although he wasn't referencing Adams when he made those comments, Adams has undeniably given Joerger and his staff something to think about as we continue to trudge towards the playoffs.
Adams will probably be relegated back to the bench once Tony Allen, Beno Udrih and Zach Randolph return, but if only for one night this season, it sure was a hell of a lot of fun to see what the future might hold for Jordan Adams as a Memphis Grizzly.
Nick Calathes: 21 MIN | 7 PTS | 3-5 FGS | 2 ASTS | -6
I really wanted to give Calathes a B+, but that gets taken away because he got Tony Allen suspended. He continues to impress, though. His passing and overall defense messed with the Jazz backup guards a good deal.
Jon Leuer: 13 MINS | 2 PTS | 0-5 FGS| 5 REBS| +10
Jon Leuer played center for a bit. Jon Leuer should never play center.
JaMychal Green: 6 MINS | 2 PTS| 1-2 FGS | 1 REB | -1
Grade: Not Eligible
Zach Randolph: Illness
Beno Udrih: Illness
Tony Allen: Suspension