That’s one way many who watched the Grizzlies-Pelicans game on Wednesday night would describe it.
The Grizzlies managed to pull of an 89-83 win over Anthony Davis’ New Orleans Pelicans...in overtime. Yes, that was the final score to an overtime game in the NBA.
And while this game was ugly in many aspects for both teams, the Grizzlies did show some very promising signs in the win, and improved to 3-0 at home on this young season.
Breaking: Anthony Davis is a Human Being
Through the first four games of this season, Davis was averaging 37 points and 13 rebounds per game with an astonishing 38.03 player efficiency rating.
Those averages have certainly dropped after this game.
The Grizzlies were able to neutralize Davis in this game, as they went at him on the defensive end, leading to foul trouble for the young star.
Davis finished the game with five fouls and his rhythm was thrown off by having to come out of the game due to fouls.
But his production while on the court was very disheartening. Davis finished with only 10 points on 3-13 shooting, with 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 5 turnovers in 36 minutes of play. Davis also registered a dismal -24 plus-minus.
Davis is clearly still an elite-level NBA player, but had himself a very off night for the Pelicans. He was also thoroughly outplayed by the starting power forward for the opposing team.
JaMychal Green is Good
That other power forward was JaMychal Green.
If one would have said that Green would dominate his match-up with Davis before this game, they would have been labeled as crazy. But Green gave Davis, and the entire Pelican team, a lot of problems with his offensive play.
Green was very efficient on the offensive end on Wednesday night, scoring 21 points on 9-12 shooting, including 3-5 from 3-point range.
Green’s ability to stretch the floor and draw out defenders opened up opportunities for him to attack from inside the arc as well. This is the type of performance that coach David Fizdale envisioned for Green when he inserted him into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season.
Other Bright Spots
While Green was the brightest star of the game for Memphis, their other starting forward had himself a game as well.
James Ennis, starting in place of the injured Chandler Parsons, tallied a big double-double in this game.
Ennis scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while registering a game-high +26 plus-minus. Ennis was brought in to be a floor spacing scorer off the bench and showed that he can certainly be that in this game, scoring from both inside and out.
Mike Conley also had another good scoring night. His assists numbers were down, he only had three, but he scored 20 points on 6-14 shooting.
The Grizzlies’ team defense was very good in this game. Giving up only 83 points in an overtime game is terrific, and they also held the Pelicans to only 37% shooting in an ugly game.
There was a lot of it.
Where does one start? Well, Anthony Davis was not the only franchise big man who struggled in this game.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph both experienced their own set of struggles. Both tallied 11 rebounds in this game, and Gasol even dished out 6 assists. But the scoring potion was bad...really bad.
Gasol and Randolph combined to shoot 8-36 from the floor in this game. Neither player could get much going offensively, and Gasol, especially, took some terrible shots. Whether it was hurling threes for no apparent reason or just wide-open misses, the veteran tandem couldn’t find the bottom of the net.
Tony Allen also lived up to his billing as a player who can’t score. Allen had 4 points in 28 minutes on 1-8 shooting. But the Grizzlies don’t rely on Allen for offense, making this more acceptable.
But Allen’s defense was shaky, in that three Pelicans shooting guards had very good games. Buddy Hield, Lance Stephenson, and Langston Galloway all put on solid performances.
Hield broke his horrible perimeter shooting slump, as he hit 4-of-9 3-pointers and scored 18 points in the best performance of his rookie year. Galloway torched the Grizz from 3 and had 18 points of his own. But Stephenson was the best source of Pelican offense. His ball-handling and aggression gave the Grizz problems, as he finished with 21 points and 6 assists.
This was a horrid offensive performance from the Grizzlies as a whole. The team shot 35% from the floor and 29% from three, raising concerns that they could be the same old, anemic offense that fans grew tired of.
The Grizzlies are now 3-2 on the year, and a perfect 3-0 at home.
They will return to the hardwood on Friday night at the FedExForum against Western Conference rival, the Los Angeles Clippers.
We will see a great point guard matchup between Chris Paul and Mike Conley, while tempers will surely flare between Paul and the tough-as-nails Grizzlies.
If the Grizz play the Clippers like they did tonight, it could be a very bad time for them.
Let’s hope for a better performance next time out. But the Grizz will take wins wherever they can get them.