The star-studded Golden State Warriors visited the FedExForum holding the best record in the league and the best offensive rating. Prior to the clash against the Grizzlies, they had won 20 of their 23 games this season.
Memphis responded to the challenge in style by collapsing the Golden State offense and attacking the paint. The Grizzlies forced 23 Warriors turnovers and limited them to a season-low 89 points and 15 assists.
The Grizzlies, who extend their current winning streak to six, completed a blowout win without two starters, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons, and key rotation players like Vince Carter, James Ennis and Brandan Wright.
Glad they didn't fire you Kerr.... pic.twitter.com/jlf5DNT6Rh— Fletch (@BeauregardJones) December 11, 2016
Marc Gasol: A
19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks in 31 minutes (+26)
Big Spain has become a true leader in the absence of Mike Conley. This is the aggressive and involved Marc Gasol that many people expected to see in the last couple of years. He had a good all-around game against the Warriors, dominated Draymond Green on the offensive end and protected the paint with accurate help defense.
Tony Allen: A
19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in 38 minutes (+25)
The Grindfather put on another defensive clinic shutting down Klay Thompson who only had 8 points in the game on 4 for 14 from the field. Since Conley went down, Allen has also increased his scoring contribution averaging 13.2 points in December. Last night, his points mostly came in the paint after multiple cuts to the basket.
JaMychal Green: B+
14 points, 10 rebounds in 29 minutes (+26)
Green is gradually feeling more comfortable in his new role this season. He was again the leading rebounder and had two three pointers that helped the Grizzlies extend the lead during the first half. Defensively, Green had some problems to contain Kevin Durant who had 21 points in the game.
.@Jmyke1 (14 points, 10 rebounds) has recorded his fifth consecutive double-double and the 11th of his career.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 11, 2016
Troy Williams: B+
11 points, 2 blocks in 19 minutes (+9)
Williams bounced back from mediocre performances during the current Grizzlies' winning streak. He was extremely active, did a pretty decent defensive job on the bigger Draymond Green and had a monster block on a Stephen Curry's fast break.
Jarell Martin: B+
13 points, 7 rebounds in 17 minutes (+7)
Martin did not try to drive the ball too much this time and finalised in the paint several Grizzlies plays after being assisted. The second year player was also a force on the glass and had another three point make.
Zach Randolph: B+
14 points, 7 rebounds in 20 minutes (-4)
Z-Bo punished the Warriors in the paint in an interesting match-up against the veteran David West. He was a key player of the Grizzlies' second unit and continues to build his case for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Randolph also scored a rare three as the 24-second shot clock expired.
JUST LIKE THEY DREW IT UP. pic.twitter.com/VrwXdkbBWk— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) December 11, 2016
Andrew Harrison: B
11 points, 5 assists, 3 steals (+18)
Harrison was aggressive last night and attacked the basket repeatedly with reasonable success. He did a solid defensive job on Curry limiting him to 17 points on a 4 for 14 effort. The rookie point guard also had some timely assists. His long range shot, however, continues to be inconsistent with 0 out of 4 tries.
Harrison's size on Curry is a sneaky advantage for Memphis. Steph has the handle/quickness to still take him but it makes up for a lost step— Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax) December 11, 2016
Toney Douglas: C+
4 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists in 23 minutes (-2)
It was evident to me that Fizdale would resort to Douglas in the last two games. His defensive skills were successfully used against Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry. The veteran point guard was not decisive on the offensive end this time and had a rough shooting night with 2 of 9 from the floor.
Troy Daniels: C
5 points, 3 rebounds in 21 minutes (+3)
Daniels is currently in a shooting slump after bailing out the Grizzlies at the beginning of their winning streak. Last night, he was 1 for 6 from downtown and 2 for 9 overall. In any case, his presence is always a floor-spacer and forces the opponent to unpack the paint.
David Fizdale: A+
Coach David Fizdale has taken the Grizzlies to an improbable six-game winning streak without several injured players. His game plan against the all powerful Warriors worked to perfection starting with a huge defensive effort once again.
The Grizzlies were aggressive on the perimeter forcing Curry and company to make plays or releasing contested shots. The defensive rotations were effective most of the time and the Warriors had 23 turnovers and shot 33.3 per cent from downtown. On the offensive end, Fizdale ordered to constantly attack the paint including recurring Allen's cuts to the basket and Gasol's post-up play.