Troy Daniels: 22 min, 20 p, 4-8 3p, 2 r, 1 a, +3
Troy Daniels is a revelation. Pretty sure I haven’t seen a shooter hit this many threes with regularity (and regular playing time) since I became a hardcore Grizzlies fan 6-7 years ago. He’s spotting up, curling around screens, and even sinking threes after creating space with some Steph-esque dribbling razzmatazz. He’s on a mission to prove his versatility.
Vince Carter: 18 min, 6 p, 2-3 3p, 5 r, 2 a, +21
I’m just happy he’s back and still making threes. There are a lot of young players on this team, and Carter’s veteran leadership on the court helps keep the ship afloat. Hopefully he doesn’t have many nights where he plays a high number of minutes, until the playoffs.
Andrew Harrison: 19 min, 2 p, 2 a, 1 r, -12
Woof. Not a great stats night for Harrison, but it was the second night of a back-to-back and exhaustion is understandable. While Douglas manned the PG position during this win, Harrison’s overall solid play on offense (and stellar play on defense) will maintain his position in the pecking order.
JaMychal Green: 25 min, 3 p, 7 r, 2 a, +7
JaMychal’s been in a scoring slump lately, but still manages to affect the game in a positive way. He’s gobbling up rebounds and his shot will fall back into place. JaMychal may be on his way out of Memphis, but he’ll always hold a special place in my heart (for being the first ‘diamond in the rough’ found by this new Grizzlies front office).
Marc Gasol: 28 min, 17 p, 11 r, 3 a, 1 s, 1 to, +13
Marc said he watched the Grizzlies lose in Cleveland on his TV, red wine in hand, sweating and angry. His indubitable passion makes him one of the NBA’s best, but it also poses a risk for injury—Gasol’s just not the type of player to voluntarily suggest resting. Thankfully, this organization and coach understand schedule density and their players’ health.
Marc managed to lead the Grizzlies to another win in Conley’s absence, and played less than 30 minutes. His dream-shakery is at an all-time high, and I swear one of his fadeaways didn’t even touch the net the shot was so wet.
Toney Douglas: 28 min, 14 p, 5 a, 6 r, 2 s, 1 to, +20
The Grizzlies don’t win this game without Toney Douglas. Marc Gasol can’t do it all, and Douglas’ bulldog, veteran play anchors this team where the rookies cannot. He played fearlessly, took shots, and held onto the rock. He also trained with Cleveland going into this season, so not a bad guy to pick up when you play the Cavs twice in two days.
Tony Allen: 32 min, 16 p, 8 r, 1 a, 3 s, 1 b, +5
Tony remains one of the league’s best perimeter defenders. JR Smith remains one of the league’s deadliest shooters. In this game, JR shot 4 -15, and 0-3 from deep. He wasn’t able to Houdini his way out of this lock-down defensive performance from Allen.
Jarell Martin: 22 min, 6 p, 6 r, 1 a, 1 s, 1 b, +1
Earlier I mentioned that JaMychal is probably on his way out of Memphis. Essentially, his pay doesn’t line up with his talent and production, and other teams will offer him more than we can afford. Jarell Martin could be the answer once Green departs. Martin has better handles and speed, and will be a better rebounder and shooter than Green. JaMychal has more experience and a more polished game than Martin, but that won’t last forever.
Jarell had an alright game in this win over Cleveland. He did just enough good things to help the team a little bit. If Green is moved, look for Jarell to really break out.
Troy Williams: 19 min, 3 p, 2 r, 1 a, 2 s, -3
Despite the low-scoring night, Troy brought his electric defense and intense level of play on a night where teams are more likely to look gassed. He also hauled in another one-handed steal, further cementing his new nickname: “Troydell Beckham Jr.”
Wade Baldwin: 2 min, 0 p, 1 s, 3 to, -10
Zach Randolph: 19 min, 6 p, 7 r, 4 a, -5
Pretty quiet night for ZBo aside from some nice assists and rebounds. On the second night of a back-to-back, I don’t want our veteran PF over-exerting himself. I have no problems with Zach’s performance against Cleveland. It’s also nice that he didn’t have to chase Kevin Love around the perimeter all night.
Head Coach David Fizdale
Coaches and organizations in the modern NBA understand the long game when it comes to health. Fizdale sat Gasol in Cleveland, and Tyronn Lue sat LeBron James, Love, and Kyrie in Memphis. Both Fiz and Lue understand the value of taking your scheduled loss and keeping your stars healthy for the postseason. Fizdale managed to trade wins on a brutal back-to-back, and the Grizzlies didn’t suffer further injuries.