Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 89 - Jazz 88
Coach Dave Joerger:
Coach Joerger ran with the starters over relying too much on the bench against the Jazz. He did find good times to sub in Kosta Koufos to combat the length and athleticism that seemed to be frustrating ZBo at some points against the Jazz. The rotation was frustrating at times; otherwise, Coach Joerger did a great job against the Jazz.
Beno Udrih: 35 MINS | 20 PTS | 9-13 FGS | 4 REBS | -3
Mike Conley was out with a sprained ankle, so the Grizzlies needed a big game out of Beno. And that's exacly what they got. He didn't rack up the assists, but he was moving the ball around pretty well. His two threes helped keep the floor spread against a Jazz team that wreaks havoc in the paint.
Courtney Lee: 34 MINS | 15 PTS | 6-10 FGS | 3 REBS | +5
COURTNEY LEE PASSED ON TWO FAST BREAKS IN ONE GAME! I SAW IT WITH MY OWN TWO EYES. DOES THIS MEAN IT'S THE END TIMES? THIS COULD MEAN IT'S THE END TIMES. WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?! AHHHHH.
CLee has finally returned to form. He was 2-3 from three point range and wasn't hesitating to shoot like he was just two weeks ago. It seems like he has finally gotten his confidence back. He did miss a huge three late in the fourth quarter, but didn't get down on himself. He followed it up with two steals that led to buckets for the Grizzlies. It was a huge series of events that helped the Grizzlies grab the win.
Jeff Green: 36 MINS | 12 PTS | 5-11 FGS | 4 REBS | +4
Jeff Green wasn't hitting threes like he has been lately, but he still did a good job of scoring. He took Gordon Hayward in the post or off the dribble successfully. On the other end Hayward LIT.HIM.UP.AGAIN. It was like Hayward has been looking forward to this game for a week because Tony Allen was out, so that meant Jeff Green was going to guard him. It was a shellacking. Plain and simple. Green did get the last laugh as he played some great defense on one Hayward drive late in the fourth quarter.
Zach Randolph: 38 MINS | 14 PTS | 5-13 FGS | 10 REBS | +4
I knew coming into the game that Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert were going to give ZBo hell. It actually didn't go as poorly as I thought it would. ZBo was dropping the rainbow jumpers and fighting inside like his life depended on it. He was even able to get a double-double against all odds. ZBo has been fighting his ass off lately and I don't expect that to change going into a game with the Clippers.
Marc Gasol: 37 MINS | 22 PTS | 9-18 FGS | 7 REBS | +8
The Grizzlies were faltering down the stretch. They needed someone to step up with a quickness if they were going to hold on in Utah. So Marc Gasol strapped on the Superman cape and went to work. He was a huge part of the Grizzlies buckling down on defense. Then he scored 6 straight points to bring the Grizzlies back. It was the kind of performance Grizzlies fans have been begging for from Gasol. He wasn't deferring and he was staying aggressive. It was a sight to see for sure.
Kosta Koufos: 14 MINS | 2 PTS | 1-1 FGS | 3 REBS | -1
The secret to the Grizzlies win was that stint in the second half where Kosta ran next to Marc Gasol in place of ZBo. The pair shut the paint down and kept the Jazz off the offensive boards. I'm done saying he needs to play more because it's just not going to happen. It's now just about enjoying the few awesome minutes he gives us a night.
Nick Calathes: 18 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-1 FGS | 3 ASTS | +0
He didn't score, but he moved the ball around and was playing some fantastic defense. He's playing shooting guard and point guard so he's having to guard a variety of people, but he's keeping with it and doing an okay job.
Vince Carter: 15 MINS | 4 PTS| 1-6 FGS | 5 ASTS | +0
It's officially sad to watch Vince Carter try to play basketball. He just can't accomplish what he wants to accomplish on a basketball court anymore. If there's a task that requires running, cutting, shooting, or really planting his feet, it's not going to end well. That's why he found success standing still on the three point line and dishing to open guys. He also had the second worst fast break since the Bayless/Gay fiasco from a few years back, last night.
Russ Smith: 4 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-1 FGS| 0 REBS| -1
Grade: Not Eligible
Jon Leuer: 5 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-0 FGS| 1 REB | -6
Grade: Not Eligible
Jordan Adams: 4 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-2 FGS | 2 REBS | -5
Grade: Not Eligible, but marvel at my photoshop skills
Mike Conley: Right foot sprain
Tony Allen: Strained hamstring
JaMychal Green: DNP Coach’s Decision
Jarnell Stokes: DNP Coach's Decision