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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Grading out the individual performances in last night's 112-106 overtime loss to the Hipst-- uhhh, I mean, Blazers.

Sad Grizzlies



Mike Conley: 33 min, 27 p, 3 r, 3 a, 1 s, -8

One encouraging takeaway from this otherwise dumpster fire of a game: Mike stepped up in the absence of his pick-and-roll partner. This was the first game that Conley's really looked like his old self since coming back from injury -- we're going to need that if Gasol's balky ankle is going to keep him out for any significant amount of time. In other news, Mike's floater near the end of regulation cued up the rarely heard "premature Gap Band".



Courtney Lee: 25 min, 3 p, 2 r, 1 a, -3

Wow. Did Courtney realize that we played a game last night? Seemed totally absent and disengaged from the outset. These kinds of nights from him seem inconspicuous in the grander scheme of things, but C-Lee has a tendency to pull these kinds of games from time to time. We can't afford that at this point.



Tony Allen: 39 min, 8 p, 7 r, 1 s, -5

Every Tony Allen layup is like it's own little adventure: never boring, consistently surprising, lots of twists and turns. Tony was, well, Tony in this one, and he was clearly pissed off after the game that they let it slip away. Hopefully that will ignite a fire in his belly going forward.



Zach Randolph: 40 min, 26 p, 9 r, 4 a, -4

FEED THE BIG BEAR. Z-Bo has been on a bit of roll recently, but he alone isn't enough to win us games by himself anymore. Joerger's hesitancy to play him alongside Jeff Green is understandable given their historically bad splits together, but sans-Spaniard it really hampers rotations.



Marc Gasol: 11 min, 11 p, 3 r, 2 a, +2

Ouch. Both literally and figuratively, this one hurts. Left in the first quarter after turning his ankle, there are grumblings that Marc never should have been cleared to play in the first place. Check out Kevin Lipe's twitter feed for a full description and analysis of that situation. In the meantime, let's just hope this isn't too serious and that Gasol can come back after the All-Star Break at 100%.



Jeff Green: 39 min, 12 p, 6 r, 1 a, 2 b, -6

A return to Earth for El Jefe Verde (copyright 2016, Joe Mullinax). This is the Jeff Green we've come to expect -- generally uninspired play punctuated by a couple of "WHOA" moments that are just tantalizing enough to keep you coming back. Or more specifically, keep Joerger coming back. YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, DAVE; YOU NEED HELP.



JaMychal Green: 13 min, 2 p, 2 r, 1 s, +2

If there's ever going to be a silver lining to a potential Marc Gasol injury (*sobs uncontrollably*), it'll be that it gives young guys like JaMychal a chance to get consistent minutes. Maybe he'll be able to find a groove and wiggle his way into the permanent rotation. Fingers crossed.



Mario Chalmers: 23 min, 12 p, 2 r, 3 a, 1 s, -2

Here's what I'm coming to love about Rio: you know what you're getting with him. And every once in while, he'll have a huge game as well. I'm becoming more and more convinced that among our exodus of free agents this summer, he might be priority #2 behind Mike. Related: I love the Conley-Chalmers together on the floor lineups. Both play well off the ball.



Vince Carter: 9 min, 0 p, 1 r, 1 a, -2

The Human Highlight Reel looked a more like Old Man River last night. While he can still occasionally dig into his bag of tricks and pull out some rabbits, he just isn't going to be able to bring it every night now. Get well soon, Jordan Adams -- we're going to need you.



Ryan Hollins: 6 min, 0 p, 2 r, 1 a, +2

I acknowledge that he isn't a complete bum, but I reiterate:



Matt Barnes: 28 min, 5 p, 2 r, 2 a, 1 s, 1 b, -6

Barnes's mind was elsewhere tonight. Namely, nemisis Derek Fisher getting a taste of karma (in Barnes's eyes). Hopefully he's more focused come game time against the Nets on Wednesday.

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Head Coach Dave Joerger

Tough to judge the ol' head ball coach after this one given Marc leaving mid-game, but some of his rotations left us scratching our collective heads. It will be interesting to see how he manages minutes going forward if Gasol misses more than a few games. Specifically, will we see Small Ball Center Z-Bo? I, for one, am in favor of at least testing it out.