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Report Card: Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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Grading out out the individual performances in the Grizzlies 121-117 shootout win over the Kings.


Conley

C-

Mike Conley: 30 min, 8 p, 7 a, 4 r, 1 s, +1

Conley is still returning to form after coming back from injury a few games ago. He'll get there eventually, but for now he doesn't quite look like himself. In the meantime, we're lucky to have Mario Chalmers as a capable back-up and replacement.

Lee

A-

Courtney Lee: 34 min, 18 p, 1 r, 1 a, 2 s, +12

One of the better games that Courtney has played in a while. He was a perfect 3/3 from behind the three point line, and played solid defense in an efficient 34 minutes. This is the kind of play the Grizzlies will need from him if they hope to make a push towards the upper echelon of the Western Conference.

Allen

C

Tony Allen: 27 min, 12 p, 5 r, 2 s, +3

Tony being Tony. He created havoc on the defensive end and missed some chippy lay ups. He's played better games but in the bigger picture it's good to see him making opposing offenses uncomfortable once again.

Randolph

D+

Zach Randolph: 25 min, 10 p, 5 r, 2 a, 1 s, +9

Not one of Z-Bo's better performances. It wasn't that he was outright bad, you just didn't really notice him. A very quiet 10 points and 5 Z-bounds. It all worked out in the end, but the Grizzlies will need more from him on most nights to continue winning at a good clip.

Gasol

B

Marc Gasol: 34 min, 22 p, 6 r, 5 a, 2 s, 5 b, +8

A solid overall game from Marc. After struggling through the first half of the season it looks as though he is rounding back into his former All-NBA form. The wily Spaniard frustrated talented Kings' big man Boogie Cousins all night, finishing with an impressive 5 blocks.

JeGreen

A+

Jeff Green: 27 min, 29 p, 2 r, 1 a, 3 s, -3

Gotta hand it to him -- Green looked great last night. For the past few games, he's played aggressive, smart basketball. This is what we've come to expect from him, though: bursts of inspired play followed by stretches of frustrating under-performance. Count me among the skeptics who think that history tells us this won't last.

Barnes

C+

Matt Barnes: 22 min, 0 p, 3 r, 2 a, 2 s, 2 b, -1

Despite going scoreless in this one, Barnes wasn't terrible. The shots he took were the right shots to take, they just weren't falling for him this time. As per usual, he was scrappy and inspired on the defensive end. He'll be fine once he finds his stroke.

Chalmers

B-

Mario Chalmers: 18 min, 6 p, 5 a, 2 r, 2 s, +3

Continuing to provide a spark as Conley recovers from his myriad of injuries, Chalmers played pretty well again last night. Particularly impressive has been his ability to get to the rim and create, an element that had been lacking on this team prior to his arrival. Count me among those who hope to re-sign him this upcoming off-season.

Carter

C-

Vince Carter: 14 min, 13 pts, 1 r, -6

Despite his second-highest scoring output of the season, Carter was not a force for good last night. Of particular concern was a really dumb technical foul incurred as our once-huge lead dwindled away, a surprisingly immature move for a veteran leader. He shot it well, which was encouraging, but he still looks old and shouldn't be getting rotation minutes.

Hollins

C

Ryan Hollins: 10 min, 3 p, 3 r, 2 b, -6

Meh. That is the extent of my thoughts on Hollins. Really wish we were giving JaMychal Green his playing time.

Joerger

B

Head Coach Dave Joerger

Despite his continued insistence to play veterans (Carter, Hollins) over giving the young guys a chance, Joerger coached a solid game last night. I like the way he's slowly incorporating Conley back into the fold, and rode the hot hand of Jeff Green in spite of his recent falling out with him. Kudos on the W.

Grindhouse

C+

The Grindhouse Crowd

For a weekend game against a relatively weak opponent, the fans came out well. An announced sellout didn't reflect the number of empty seats, but the home crowd got into it once the lead slipped away and gave the Grizz a little boost toward the end of the game.