Troy Daniels: 24 min, 10 p, 1 a, 1 r, +14
Troy’s cooled off from his 31 and 29 point previous outings, but maintained his positive net effect on the floor. He’s continuing to let it fly with 8 threes attempted in this game, and that’s exactly what we need him to do.
Andrew Harrison: 27 min, 2 p, 4 a, 4 r, 1s, 1b, 1 to, +6
Harrison was out of rhythm in this game, garnering more bench time than he typically does while Wade Baldwin saw a spike in playing time. He couldn’t find his shot, but managed to turn in a solid performance and post a positive assist to turnover ratio. While he didn’t light it up, let’s take a moment to appreciate his solid play in Conley’s absence.
JaMychal Green: 34 min, 13 p, 10 r, 3 a, 2 s, 1 b, +8
JaMychal gave us a nice double-double while filling out a few other columns in the stat sheet. Green’s steady rebounding has kept us in games with second chance opportunities, and his defense continues to be rock solid.
Marc Gasol: 34 min, 26 p, 12 r, 3 a, 2 b, 4 to, +8
The team piggybacked off Marc once again, and he carried us over the finish line. While Marc is turning the ball over at a higher rate this season than in ones prior, I think that’s a good thing. Those higher turnover numbers indicate he’s playing with less hesitation, and more aggressively. We all know how serious Marc is about basketball, and, aside from some gambly outlet passes, none of his turnovers are due to carelessness.
Toney Douglas: 5 min, 2 p, 1a, 2 r, -8
A GBB commenter pointed out that I gave Toney a B+ in my last grade report, and yes I’m sorry that was a typo. I’ve since changed that game to a C because we really haven’t seen much to go off of with Douglas. Pretty much the same story here—he’s just not seeing any floor time and I don’t have much data to assess his play. He looks spry and like he can hold down the PG position, but I’d rather see Harrison and Baldwin as much as possible.
Tony Allen: 26 min, 9 p, 4 r, 2 a, 2s, +7
Tony didn’t pour in the points like he did last game, but his defense was instrumental in this win. Tony keeps doing Tony Allen things, and when you add all those together you get wins that you otherwise might not. We’ve had back-to-backs, shortened rosters, young players, and several situations where we probably shouldn’t have won the game... but Tony Allen.
Jarell Martin: 9 min, 3 p, 2 r, -3
Jarell saw a dip in minutes, probably due to the matchup. He’s shocked us with his long-range shooting abilities, but I’d like to see him work on attacking the rim. While he gets to the rim, he suffers from an awkward, jolting touch that slams off the backboard or stubs the rim instead of rolling gently through the hoop. Maybe ZBo can show him a thing or two.
Troy Williams: 31 min, 8 p, 3 r, 1 a, 2 s, 1 b, -11
Troy, ever electric, played an alright game despite his low scoring numbers. Even if he fails to score a point, you know this guy will be out there grinding on the court for every loose ball, every rebound, and ready to unleash his speed and athleticism in transition or on a slash to the hoop. During these dense stretches in the schedule, it’s nice to have someone with Troy’s energy available to soak up 31 minutes.
Wade Baldwin: 23 min, 11 p, 1 r, 2 a, 3 to, -2
Same old story for Wade: he needs confidence in his game to fit in with the team—and he’s getting there. He’s still taking shots, and slowly he’s beginning to make some of them. He saw more playing time in this game, but that seemed to come at the cost of Andrew Harrison’s relatively high level of play recently. Fizdale has a tough job trying to skate through Conley’s injury as it is, and trying to develop Baldwin without setting Harrison back exacerbates that task.
Zach Randolph: 21 min, 12 p, 14 r, +8
What warmth he brings to my heart and others’ in this cold season: I was moved seeing ZBo return and bully his way to a double-double following his mother’s passing. His jumper was way off, but he got into the game with classic garbage work—cleaning up the glass and punishing defenders in the post. I’ll never know the depth of love between his mother and him, nor the pain he went through in the past week and more, but this team and coach rallied around him and swarmed him with love and support, and he’s already back on the court.
Head Coach David Fizdale
Let’s credit Fiz and the rest of the Grizz for their strong family-like chemistry. There’s a mounting pile of unfortunate circumstances, and he’s managed to steer this team through injuries a 15-8 record to start the season. His personality has meshed with this team better than anyone could’ve expected.