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Report Card: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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Grading out the individual performances in the new-look Grizzlies' 109-104 win over the Timberwolves Friday night in FedExForum.

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A

Mike Conley: 38 min, 25 p, 7 a, 4 r, 2 s, +6

This is exactly what we're going to need from Mike in Marc's absence. One thing to monitor over the rest of the season, though: Mike's minutes. We don't need him hobbling into the playoffs as he has the past couple of years. Might need Chalmers to take on some of that burden.

SOS

Tony Allen: 13 min, 9 p, 2 r, 2 a, 1 s, +4

OH GOD TONY PLEASE DON'T BE HURT I CAN'T HANDLE THIS MUCH EMOTIONAL TRAUMA.

Spongebob Panic

Barnes

B

Matt Barnes: 33 min, 11 p, 5 r, 2 a, 2 s, 1 b, +9

Exactly what we expected to see from Barnes in the starting lineup. Solid, tough play. And this beauty:

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JaGreen

B+

JaMychal Green: 30 min, 9 p, 11 r, 2 a, 3 b, 3 s, +11

Lest we forget who the real J. Green is, JaMychal made the most of his opportunity with the other starters and nearly pulled off the double-double. His hustle and hard-nosed play in the post were affirming for those who have been calling for him to get consistent minutes all season. #FreeJaMychal #NeverForget

A-

Zach Randolph: 34 min, 17 p, 8 r, 1 a, +0

Another day, another solid Z-Bo game. People keep talking about Randolph's decline, but his per-minute numbers are as good as ever -- he's just playing fewer minutes as he ages. Fine by me, keep him healthy and hungry for the playoffs. Plus it gives the young fellas a chance to develop and prove themselves.

Chalmers

B-

Mario Chalmers: 27 min, 10 p, 3 r, 3 a, 1 s, -1

The Conley-Chalmers backcourt got an opportunity to finish the game together last night, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of that down the stretch. Chalmers is one of the few remaining Grizzlies who can create his own shot, and (in lieu of Gasol's offensive facilitation, sad face) we're going to need his ability to get to the rim and draw fouls in crunch time.

Carter

A-

Vince Carter: 26 min, 15 p, 4 r, 2 s, +9

Even aside from the buzzer-beating SportsCenter Top 10 moment, VC had a very nice game. In the absence of C-Lee and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, the artist formerly known as Vinsanity looked spry and active. He took some ill-advised threes but he was just feeling himself, ya know?

Wright

B-

Brandan Wright: 17 min, 6 p, 2 r, 1 s, -8

Good to see Wright on the court last night. He got a nice ovation from the crowd and, most importantly, didn't look hobbled. It will take time for him to knock the rust off, so he gets a pass for unspectacular play. He'll never be Gasol, but it will be interesting to see what kind of dynamic his athleticism brings when he ends up, presumably, in the starting lineup.

Andersen

C+

Chris Andersen: 11 min, 4 p, 3 r, 1 b, +4

Likewise Andersen, who had played a total of 36 minutes all season for Miami, got a chance to grease up the old bones and joints. He actually looked alright -- if he continues to play like he did tonight, he's at least an upgrade over Ryan Hollins. Plus, if the cheers he got coming in are any indication, the Memphis crowd loves them some Birdman.

Hairston

C-

P.J. Hairston: 7 min, 2 p, -6

Hairston's inner-monologue, I assume: "SHOOT THE DAMN BALL, P.J.!" (Yes, he refers to himself in the third person.) In one particularly bone-headed sequence in the third quarter, he shot a contested three about 5 seconds into the shot clock, missed, and then allowed his man to get an easy lay up in transition. I'll say this much for him, though: compared to Courtney, P.J. isn't afraid to chuck it. And I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Ennis

INC.

James Ennis: 4 min, 1 p, 1 s, -3

Didn't get enough floor time to get a real read. Will be interesting to see if he gets sent back to Iowa once Born Ready is brought into the fold and Jordan Adams comes back from his seemingly-perpetual knee ailments.

Joerger

B+

Head Coach Dave Joerger:

Dave seems to be taking all of this ridiculousness in stride, even acknowledging the Simpsons memes about him in his post-game presser. He did a good job managing the minutes of all the new guys and slowly re-integrating Brandan Wright coming back from his knee injury.

RIP

Marc Gasol
Sad Jordan
Memphis Forever

A-

The Grindhouse Crowd

That was the closest the Forum has had to a playoff atmosphere all year. Memphians were clearly excited to welcome in the new "Goon Squad" members. The impromptu growl towels helped, too.