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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game 3

Grading the Grizzlies Game 3 win.

Grizzlies Report Card

Grizzlies 115 - Blazers 109

Coach Dave Joerger:

Grade B

Coach Joerger was so close to pulling a Lionel last night. The post-Mike-Conley-injury lineups he was playing were awful. With Calathes at the helm and no Courtney Lee, Jeff Green was left to break down the defense. It was a complete and utter disaster. The Blazers were able to cut the lead to 2 with two minutes left. Luckily someone broke out the smelling salts and woke Joerger up before the game was over.

Starters

Mike Conley: 26 MINS | 14 PTS | 6-14 FGS | 4 ASTS | +14

Grade: A-

Mike Conley was dominating Damian Lillard before CJ McCollum accidentally took him out. He was blowing by the Blazers guard like he was a traffic cone. I don't know what the Grizzlies guard did to anger the basketball gods, but he cannot catch a break these days.

Courtney Lee: 33 MINS | 20 PTS | 5-8 FGS | 5 REBS | +2

Grade: A

This is early season Courtney Lee we are seeing right now. Oh, how I've missed him. He was the reason the Grizzlies were able to hold of the Blazers in the first quarter. His midrange jumper is dropping partly because the Blazers feel like guarding midrange jumpers is a waste of time, and he's shooting fire out of his hands. This is the most confident he's looked in some time. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Tony Allen: 24 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-4 FGS | 5 REBS | +8

Grade: B

The Grizzlies lead was cut to two with two minutes left. Tony Allen entered the game and everything changed. He provided movement to an offense that had been stagnant for about nine minutes and an energy that had been lacking since the Conley injury.

Zach Randolph: 32 MINS | 16 PTS | 6-12 FGS | 4 REBS | 4 ASTS | +4

Grade: B

It felt like a quiet 16 points from Z-Bo. The Trail Blazers were doing a good job of affecting his shots and pushing him off his spots. He still muscled through and scored 16 points, but his rebound total was much lower than you expect it to be. It was a fight the whole game for Zbo, but it looked like he was enjoying every minute of it.

Marc Gasol: 39 MINS | 25 PTS | 6-17 FGS | 7 REBS | 4 ASTS | +5

Grade: A

AGGRESSIVE GASOL IS HERE TO STAY. He wasn't hitting his shots, but he recognized the game was being called tightly and he just went at whoever was guarding him. HIs 14 free throw attempts were a game high. That's not why Marc got an A though. His defense was incredible agains the Blazers. He was bothering every shot he could, rotating as fast as he could, helping every chance he got and directing traffic like a mad man. It was a DPOY type performance from Marc.

Bench

Kosta Koufos: 16 MINS | 5 PTS | 2-2 FGS | 1 REBS| -1

Grade: A-

This was a peak Kosta game. He was every where on defense with a dash of offensive effectiveness. He also dunked on C.J. McCollum's face, and it was awesome. Kosta didn't get the ball as much as he usually does because Beno was out and he played next to Marc a good amount.

Nick Calathes: 27 MINS | 13 PTS | 4-9 FGS| 4 REBS| -1

Grade: B

The Grizzlies were already down Beno Udrih when Conley went down so the burden had to fall on Calathes. He finished the game just about as well as you could ask him to. The offense was awful at times under him, but he was solid on defense and hit two threes.

Vince Carter: 17 MINS | 5 PTS| 2-2 FGS | 3 REBS | +4

Grade: B

Vince Carter broke out his old man defensive smarts against the Blazers. He was doing tricky things to make up for the fact that he can't change directions. The two times he score the Blazers looked so shocked that he was trying to score that they froze. It was awesome.

Jeff Green: 26 MINS | 9 PTS | 2-9 FGS | 6 REBS | -5

Grade: B-

This wasn't Green's best game. The important thing was that he stayed aggressive for the whole game instead of giving up after a few misses.

DNPs

Jordan Adams: DNP Coach's Decision

Russ Smith: DNP Coach's Decision

Jon Leuer: DNP Coach’s Decision

JaMycal Green: DNP Coach's Decision

Beno Udrih: DNP Ankle Sprain