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The Rookie Game Report Card: Grizzlies at Warriors

In my mind, the Grizzlies only played one quarter last night.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 107 - Warriors 111

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade: B

Good thing he played the rookies early and didn't wait until the end of the third to take the rotations players out. Good thing those players he didn't play aren't all battling nagging injuries. He also didn't try to put the starters back in when the rookies pulled the Grizzlies back, which was a great decision. It was so much fun.

The Guys Who Played

Russanity Smith: 10 MINS | 16 PTS | 5-8 FGS | 4 ASTS | +25

Grade: A+

RUSSANITY HAS ARRIVED. LET US ALL BASK IN THE BRIGHT LIGHT THAT IS RUSSDISCULOUS. He was dishing the ball to open guys and racking up the assists. Russ is the fastest player on the Grizzlies which is saying a lot since Mike Conley is around. I love when young players can get into the lane quickly and make good decisions. Russ was doing this. He wasn't taking bad shots and was hitting open guys. He was also 1-2 from three. I AM DRINKING THE RUSS SMITH KOOL-AID DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT SOME?

Jordan Adams: 21 MIN | 19 PTS | 6-15 FGS | 2 ASTS | +13

Grade: A

Jordan Adams was gunning against the Warriors and it was glorious. He was shooting and shooting and shooting. He struggled to finish at the rim, but that relentlessness did get him to the free throw line 7 times. Adams led the team with 19 points and it was glorious. He was 2-5 from three and I think he should probably have taken more. I LOVE ME SOME GUNNING ROOKIES.

JaMychal Green: 24 MIN | 10 PTS | 4-5 FGS | 8 REBS | +18

Grade: A

Okay, so JaMychal Green is pretty good. He's so athletic that he was getting put-backs and dunks off of cuts. At one point he was playing the three, which seems to be something he can do! He's relentless and trying to prove himself before the playoffs. That combination makes him even more dangerous.

Jon Leuer: 9 MIN | 2 PTS | 1-1 FGS | 3 REBS | +21

Grade: B

Jon Leuer played some minutes and he wasn't terrible!

Jarnell Stokes: 9 MIN | 7 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 2 REBS | +21

Grade: B+

I've been worried about Jarnell's ability to finish around the rim since I've watched him play a few times in the D-League and his few minutes in the NBA. I don't think that matters if he's going to dunk on peoples faces and hit jump shots.

Kosta Koufos: 21 MIN | 8 PTS | 4-10 FGS | 7 REBS | +11

Grade: A

Kosta was shutting it down on defense when surrounded by some of the worst defensive players the Grizzlies have to offer. It was so much fun to watch how much Kosta can influence things on defense. He wasn't racking up the blocks, but he can shut down driving lanes and affect shots at the rim with the best of them.

DNPs

Mike Conley: DNP: Mike didn't play due to a right foot sprain that seems like it is awful. He said "it feels like i'm walking on a golf ball". Ouch.

Tony Allen: DNP with what is apparently the worst strained hamstring in the history of strained hamstrings. Oh how I miss the Grindfather.

Beno Udrih: DNP: Beno thought he was going to go toe to toe with Steph Curry last night so the coaches assumed his brain had melted and sat him down.

Courtney Lee: DNP: If you have ever seen Terminator 2 you have seen the part where the nuclear bomb goes off and Sarah Connor is holding onto the fence. All of her skin falls off and all that's left is her skeleton. Well nuclear bomb "Klay" went off last night and all that was left was CLee's skeleton and part of a number 5 jersey.

Jeff Green: DNP: Jeff's back is obviously not right so he sat out.

Zach Randolph: DNP: ZBo felt like fighting while everyone else was sitting so he went into the locker room and punched a bunch of lockers.

Marc Gasol: DNP: Marc Gasol sat with a bad ankle sprain. I think he would much rather sit than battle against an amazing Golden State squad while down 30 points. Wait a minute....

Vince Carter: DNP: Vince went into the practice arena and bombed ill advised threes from four feet behind the line.

Nick Calathes: DNP: Nick Calathes also thought he was going to challenge Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Grizzlies were worried about a Typhoid fever outbreak amongst their backup point guards so they sat him.