Utah won the battle of two of the best defensive teams in the NBA. It was a low scoring affair with the Grizzlies shooting just 30.1 percent from the floor. Like last Friday against Sacramento, Memphis started off slow. The second unit got the Grizzlies back in the game with a 12-0 run to tie the game and finish the first quarter. From that moment onward, it was a tight game that went down to the wire. Utah scored four big three pointers down the stretch which made the difference in the end.
ZBo & JaMychal Green both put up double-doubles, but it isn't enough.— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 19, 2016
We look to bounce back Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/MTXYPDsWDm
Zach Randolph: B+
12 points, 11 rebounds in 23 minutes (+3)
It was the kind of 'we in the mud' game where ZBo usually makes an impact. He got to work in the paint and chipped in a double-double, but it wasn’t enough for the Grizzlies.
Zach Randolph now has 17 double-doubles when coming off the @memgrizz bench, breaking Stromile Swift's franchise record of 16.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 19, 2016
Tony Allen: B
9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals in 33 minutes (-21)
The Grindfather has been the steady hand for the Grizzlies in December, averaging over 13 points and 7 rebounds. Against Utah, he shut down Rodney Hood who only had 10 points. Also, this thing happened:
Teams are gauging interest in Tony Allen and Griz are listening, per sources. Griz engaged T'Wolves with Allen trade talk in 2014.— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) December 18, 2016
JaMychal Green: B
10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals in 31 minutes (-7)
Green contributed with his usual effort but continues to struggle with his outside shot. He worked the glass well, though, and collected another double-double.
Jarell Martin: B
7 points, 3 rebounds in 13 minutes (+0)
Martin provided a spark off the bench with some hustle plays. He’s proven to be a reliable player in the rotation even when playing in the small forward position.
Vince Carter: C
6 points, 2 rebounds in 17 minutes (+4)
Carter scored 6 points during the Memphis run in the first quarter but didn’t make a noticeable impact from then on.
James Ennis: C
5 points, 4 rebounds in 15 minutes (+7)
Ennis returned after missing 14 games with a calf injury. He brought energy and rebounded the ball well. However he had problems defending Gordon Hayward and needed to sit in the third quarter with five fouls. He didn’t play again.
Mike Conley: C-
14 points, 4 assists in 28 minutes (-24)
The Grizzlies are 0-2 since Conley came back from injury. The starting point guard looks rusty and uncomfortable on the floor. He’s not able to blow by opponents and he cannot find his shot. He went 3 for 16 against Utah.
It's pretty clear that while Mike Conley is back, he's still not exactly back, you know?— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) December 19, 2016
Marc Gasol: C-
8 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists in 36 minutes (-18)
Gasol had a rough shooting night, going for 4 out of 22. In the last couple of games he is 0 for 9 from downtown. The Grizzlies need a better Marc Gasol to win games.
Andrew Harrison: D
2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 23 minutes (+14)
It was one of those games where Harrison provided good arguments to sign a veteran point guard to play in front of him. He continues to have defensive lapses and shoot extremely poorly from the field. He was 1 for 7 against Utah, and now averages just under 30 percent on the season.
Troy Daniels: D
0 points in 11 minutes (-7)
Daniels had his first start of the season. He was in early foul trouble while defending Gordon Hayward and saw his minutes limited for the rest of the night. He only had one shot attempt.
Troy Williams: D
0 points in 4 minutes (+4)
Williams was a non-factor in the game. He came off the bench in the second quarter and did not play in the second half. With Ennis back and Parsons supposedly in the lineup for the next game, Williams will likely be out of the rotation.
David Fizdale: C-
The Grizzlies coach did not have his best night. Memphis had another slow start and struggled all night long with screen and roll situations. Two defensive-minded centers have dominated the Grizzlies in the last couple of games. Kosta Koufos had 16 points last Friday and Gobert added 21 this time, most of them coming from easy baskets in the paint.
Fizdale could not get Gasol and Conley, who combined for 7 for 38 from the floor, going. Keeping Randolph in the game down the stretch was also a questionable decision. Z-Bo suffers a lot on defensive rotations and Utah capitalized with four triples in the last minutes. Fizdale could not put the ball on Troy Daniels's hands either, which has been a big part of the Grizzlies' success in December.