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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors

Grading out the individual performances in yesterday afternoon's 98-85 loss to the Canadian Dinosaurs.

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Mike Conley: 35 min, 8 p, 5 r, 4 a, -17

A bit of a trainwreck for Mr. Conley in this one. We aren't going to win many games with him playing like that.



P.J. "Poor Man's Dion Waiters" Hairston: 16 min, 2 p, 1 r, -8

Curious decision by CDJ to start Hairston in his second game in a Grizzly uniform. Granted, his other options were a 38 year old with no ligaments in his ankles or Tony Allen in a wheelchair, so what are you gonna do?



Matt Barnes: 31 min, 1 p, 7 r, 2 a, 2 b, -7

Yeesh. As we've come to expect from Barnes, he played hard but the production just wasn't there yesterday.



JaMychal Green: 20 min, 4 p, 6 r, 1 s, +8

Green was fine in this one. No strong feelings one way or the other. He's clearly best suited coming off the bench and bringing the energy -- right now, he's a square peg being shoved into a round hole. Will hopefully be better utilized once Brandan Wright rounds into shape.



Zach Randolph: 36 min, 18 p, 6 r, 2 a, -12

This is the kind of game that 2011 Z-Bo could have taken over, put the team on his back, and tried to win by himself. Alas, Mr. Bo just isn't that player anymore. Still a solid game from Zach, but just not enough in the absence of his Spanish tall-guy-tango partner for the Grizzlies to beat one of the East's best teams.



Vince Carter: 31 min, 16 p, 7 r, 1 a, 2 s, -5

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE SWEET OLD MAN THAT WE KNEW?! Old man Carter has found the fountain of youth, putting up a season-high 16 points on his old stomping grounds. It will be interesting to see if Carter continues to get heavy minutes as Hairston and Stephenson get further acclimated and especially when Jordan Adams returns from the infirmary.


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Lance Stephenson: 22 min, 16 p, 3 r, 2 a, 1 s, -12

Overall, Lance looked pretty good coming off the bench yesterday, but the most encouraging thing? He played HARD. A motivated Stephenson is a good Stephenson, and here's hoping we get "contract year Born Ready" for the remainder of the season. Because that player is a potential game changer.



Brandan Wright: 21 min, 2 p, 2 r, 1 a, -4

Ruh roh. After looking solid in his re-debut in FedEx Forum, the Brandan Wright who has been out for 3 months showed forth here. Definitely doesn't look like the springy, active big the Grizzlies were hoping for when they signed him this past off-season. I'm optimistic he'll get there with time, but that time is not right now.



Mario Chalmers: 19 min, 17 p, 4 r, 2 s, -3

Chalmers did his best to keep the Grizzlies sinking ship afloat in this one. Gave us a solid scoring punch off the bench, which has been his biggest contribution since we acquired him. We'll need to continue to see this kind of creation if the Grizzlies hope to see the light of the post-season.



Chris Andersen: 9 min, 1 p, 3 r, 1 a, -5

Let's hope that Birdman is just getting back into shape after riding the pine in Miami all season, because he looked stiff. He doesn't need to play a huge role, but we'll need his rebounding and toughness in short stretches. FLY, BIRDMAN. SPREAD YOUR WINGS.



Tony Allen

Get well soon, Tony! Please. I can't take this much P.J. Hairston.



Marc Gasol
Sad Jordan


Head Coach Dave Joerger

Happy birthday, coach, but woof. Not one of your better performances in this one. He rode the hot hand of Carter, but he can't play VC 30 minutes a night and expect Ws. Also, some peculiar lineup choices with Hairston in the starting lineup and all three newcomers playing together for a while. He's been put in a tough spot, but didn't maximize his chances in Toronto.