Grizzlies Report Card
Grizzlies 78 - Warriors 98
Coach Dave Joerger:
I will admit that Joerger is in an almost impossible situation right now regarding the offense. He has to find ways to manufacture spacing against an elite defense with two players that can actually hit threes, and the stubborn refusal to try Jordan Adams before the Grizzlies are down 20 points makes no sense when presented with this problem. He has shown that he can space the floor. Why not try him for a few minutes when you aren't getting curb stomped? I don't think it's possible for him to be worse than Vince Carter.
Joerger's struggle fingerprints were all over this game. He couldn't find lineups and eventually went to Nick Calathes to try and give the team a boost. He didn't. Then when the game was over in the fourth quarter I was excited to see the likes of Jordan Adams and Russ Smith, but no, who did I see trotting their exhausted selves back into the game with a Game 6 on Friday? Oh that's right the starters! It's like Tom Thibodeau body snatched Joerger. What a miserable performance.
Mike Conley: 33 MINS | 13 PTS | 5-10 FGS | 5 ASTS | -1
it's obvious that Mike Conley is exhausted. The surgery on his face messed with his conditioning and it looks like he won't be able to get back to where he was. Conley did the best he could with the energy he had, but he wasn't the same. He controlled everything for a quarter, but wasn't able to sustain it. Instead of resting him in the fourth to save him, Coach Joerger threw him out there to the wolves. He should be finding rest whenever he can so he will be alive for Game 6. Conley got completely outplayed by Steph Curry who was shooting lava out of his mouth like Mount Vesuvius. It was insane.
Courtney Lee: 31 MINS | 7 PTS | 3-3 FGS | 4 ASTS | -8
It's not acceptable for Courtney Lee to only have three shots in any game ever. This wasn't even a case of Lee being passive like he was mid-season. His teammates were not even acting like Lee was on the floor. Everyone had tunnel vision when looking at the basket and missed an open Lee more than once. I doubt this will happen next game.
Jeff Green: 28 MINS | 10 PTS | 5-13 FGS | 4 REBS | -1
The Grizzlies needed a different Jeff Green in Game 5. They needed a Green that doesn't exist. The expectations for Green were unfair coming into this game. Expecting him to score 25 points and change the game is unrealistic. Green had a good offensive game if you throw out the lofty expectations. Harrison Barnes showed him what Grizzlies have been wanting Green to be since he was traded to Memphis. Barnes destroyed the Grizzlies. Green had no chance of guarding him.
Zach Randolph: 34 MINS | 13 PTS | 6-12 FGS | 10 REBS | -9
Marc Gasol: 36 MINS | 18 PTS | 8-22 FGS | 12 REBS | -9
The Grizzlies big men are battling their asses off. Randolph started the game hot, but the Grizzlies stopped giving him the ball down the stretch. Everything started to go to Gasol who was just off. He couldn't get his shot going. If he could the Grizzlies would have been in a different position. Both were being double and triple teamed consistently, which always kills the Grizzlies offense. The lack of three-point shooters has put Randolph and Gasol at a severe disadvantage. The load that Gasol and Randolph have to carry has completely tired the two out. Fighting for post position and then rebounding position on every possession has left Randolph tired and wincing. Going through four defenders slapping the crap out of him then being the Grizzlies best (and sometimes only) transition defender has left Gasol unable to rebound. The Grizzlies have to lighten the load somehow or this is over.
Look away Grizz fans, this is a nice paragraph about someone else. I came into this series doubtful that Draymond Green could guard both Randolph and Gasol. Man has he proved me wrong. He's struggled some, but he learns like SkyNet and bounces back. He rarely makes the same mistake twice and is such a smart defender. What he lacks in size he makes up for in strength and speed. He has completely confounded Randolph and Gasol. Especially Gasol who struggles to keep the ball in his hands around Green. He has been huge for the Warriors turnaround.
Kosta Koufos: 14 MINS | 1 PTS | 0-4 FGS | 2 REBS | -17
Kosta couldn't hit a shot, but he did his best on defense. He is so good at challenging shots without fouling. The Grizzlies could have used a bit more of that, but he was once again buried on the bench.
Vince Carter: 20 MINS | 8 PTS | 3-10 FGS | 6 REBS | -23
I am astounded that anyone on the team has any confidence in Vince Carter shooting the ball. His rushed threes and poor shot selection killed so many Memphis possessions. It was sad to watch Carter play basketball two months ago, and now it's downright depressing. People scream "NOOOOOOO" when he shoots, he can only score off of offensive rebounds or impossible midrange shots, and he is completely useless on defense. Carter can no longer change directions or run fast so him closing out on three point shooters is an awful idea. Andre Iguodala has lit him up in the past two games. Maybe Coach Joerger can find success playing him at the four, but that would have to be in very few minutes.
Nick Calathes: 19 MINS | 0 PTS | 0-2 FGS| 2 REBS | -17
WHAT DO YOU DO, NICK CALATHES? Calathes was brought in to play defense and distribute. He failed pretty badly at both of those things. It was a tough position for him to be in after not playing the last few games, but you would think he wouldn't play like he just woke up from a long night at BBQ Fest.
Beno Udrih: 12 MIN | 3 PTS | 1-2 FGS | 0 ASTS | -19
Of all the things the Grizzlies needed out of their backup point guard (pace, defense, a pulse) Udrih provided none of them. When he came into the game the Grizzlies had a 10 point lead and thanks to him and Carter that lead evaporated so quickly
Jordan Adams: 6 MINS | 3 PTS | 1-1 FGS | 1 REB | +4
Grade: Not Eligible
JaMychal Green: 3 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-2 FGS | 1 REB | +0
Grade: Not Eligible
Jon Leuer: 3 MIN | 2 PTS | 1-2 FGS | 2 REBS | +0
Grade: Not Eligible
Russ Smith: 3 MIN | 0 PTS | 0-0 FGS | 1 AST | +0
Grade: Not Eligible
Tony Allen: DNP Hamstring Injury