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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks

Grizzlies stun Dallas on the road with A+ defense

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While the Grizzlies won the game, the team needs to improve on the offensive side. It was a low scoring game, but a solid defensive effort. Here are the grades from last night’s game.

Mike Conley— 29 minutes—B-

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The conductor was held to 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. With 2-7 from the floor and 1-3 from 3 point range, this is the Mike Conley we know from last night. Hopefully he’ll have a better night.

Tony Allen—18 minutes—A+

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Tony Allen scored 12 points along with 1 block and 2 steals. A defensive machine as always, Allen made the grade of the night scoring 5-6 shots on the floor.

Chandler Parsons—23 minutes—B+

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Chandler Parsons scored 4-7 from the floor and 3-5 from deep. People finally see how the Grizzles got their money’s worth Parsons. The corner three is his best shot.

Marc Gasol—24 minutes—B+

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What kept Marc Gasol low on the grade was the 5-12 shooting. He did have 1-2 from the three point line. He tallied with 11 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds on the night.

Zach Randolph—21 minutes—A-

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Strong in the post and grabbing boards, Zach Randolph almost came away with a double-double. He tallied 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. One moment in the game, that nearly cost him, was when he shot the three on top of the key. The Grizzlies trust him with the shot, but it is still not there for Zach like it is for, say, Marc.

Vince Carter—24 minutes—B-

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Vince Carter had a “meh” night from the floor and three point line. He ended up with 9 points, 1 assist, and 3 rebounds. We’ve begun to expect more from Vince since he has been so great so far this season. He needs to improve going into the game against the Timberwolves.

The Rest of the Team— C+

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Andrew Harrison had a low scoring night with 6 points. He did manage to tally 1 assist and 4 rebounds. The only impact he had defensively was the 2 steals. It helped the Grizzlies dominate on defense.

JaMychal Green only had 6 points and 1 assist. He did grab 12 boards and a steal, on a positive note.

James Ennis had a rough night scoring but he managed to tally 4 assists and 6 rebounds.

Dave Fizdale and the Coaching Staff—B+

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Fizdale’s effort of bringing the Miami defense to Memphis is working. The team defensively was sharp. The Grizzlies forced turnovers and on offense they continue to shoot the ball more from deep. Some players were on target from three and some were not, but the continued focus on the attempts helps spacing tremendously. If Fizdale can combine that defense he used in Miami, continue to emphasize efficient offense, and mesh all that along with the historically great defensive intensity of Memphis, this team can be a force in the West.

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