The Grizzlies, coming off a win against the Thunder, defeated the Kings 112-98. The Grizzlies had to have a goal of shutting down key player DeMarcus Cousins. It was a repeat performance from last game, when the Grizz shut down Russell Westbrook. The Grizzlies overall shot threes from everywhere all game long, and even in the 4th quarter. The team played lockdown defense from the start to finish off the Kings, and 2016, with a win.
Now for tonight’s grades:
JaMychal Green: A+
Green was hot and stayed hot all game long. His jumper and range have improved throughout the season. He scored 18 points, with 4 assists and 7 rebounds. He also shot 80 percent from deep.
Mike Conley: A
Green might have had the performance of the night but Conley was the Grizzlies’ leading scorer. His ability to get to the rim helped the team open space on the floor. He also shot 75 percent from deep. Conley’s night ended with 22 points, 3 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Zach Randolph: A-
Randolph and Cousins were even in the post game defensively. Although Cousins had more points, Randolph outworked him scoring 14 points with 3 assists and 6 rebounds.
Vince Carter: B+
Carter’s night ended with threes in the fourth quarter tallying 4-6 from deep. He scored 14 points with 3 rebounds.
Troy Daniels: B+
Troy Daniels had another hot shooting night. He shot 60 percent from deep. Daniels ended up with 11 points, with 1 dime and 1 rebound.
The Grizzlies break the franchise record with 17 made threes in a game vs. good ole Dave Joreger.— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) January 1, 2017
How fitting is that?
Tony Allen: B
Tony Allen was a spark to get the Grizzlies open looks. He scored 11 points with 1 dime and 4 rebounds.
Rest of the Team: B
Marc Gasol was held to 2 points in the game but his defense made up for it. Parsons and Harrison took it to the defense, attacking the basket often. The team did a great job in bench scoring and offensive rebounding.
Dave Fizdale: A
Whatever Fizdale drew up tonight worked for the team. His plan was to keep Cousins at bay and to stop the Kings from getting an advantage, and he pulled it off. One California team down, three more to go in this road trip. Fizdale and the Grizzlies get the win on the last day of 2016. The next game is on Tuesday January 3 against the Lakers.
22-14, 11 wins in December. You take that from 2016, say thank you, and run in to 2017 as fast as you can. Happy New Year @memgrizz good win— Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax) January 1, 2017