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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets

Grading out the individual performances in yesterday's 103-96 bounceback, hand-throwing win over the Nuggets.

THROW IT TO THE DAMN HAND.

A great bounceback win for the Grizz last night. With the locker room doing its best impression of an infirmary, it would have been easy to let this one slip away.

"No sir," sayeth Z-Bo.

Conley

C

Mike Conley: 29 min, 7 p, 9 a, 1 r, 1 b, +3

Not the best offensive effort from our floor general last night, but distributed the ball well in lieu of his missing shot. Still, we're going to need more from Conley on a night-to-night basis than this to avoid the Western Conference trio of death come playoff time.

Also, did you know that Conley leads in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio? It's true! I read it on the internet!

Hairston

B

P.J. Hairston: 32 min, 14 p, 4 r, 1 s, 1 b, +9

Has offered more good than bad in his Grizzlies tenure thus far, which is honestly better than I expected.

Barnes

B+

Matt Barnes: 38 min, 16 p, 5 r, 5 a, 2 s, +7

The fact that the Grizzlies are getting such solid production in MASSIVE minutes from Barnes has been one of the underrated storylines of the season. We'd be screwed without him. Really great pick up by the front office, especially considering that all we had to give up to get him was Janis Timma. ("Who?" Exactly.)

Randolph

A-

Zach Randolph: 33 min, 22 p, 6 a, 4 r, 1 b, +0

VINTAGE Z-BO OF BORDEAUX, BOTTLED IN 2001, HINTS OF BLACKBERRY, OAK, AND WHOOP ASS.

Andersen

C+

Chris Andersen: 22 min, 7 p, 4 r, 1 a, +8

Filling in on the Island of Misfit Toys, aka the Grizzlies starting lineup, for the first time, Andersen looked decent in bigger minutes than he's played in years. I doubt he'll be able to play this much without being exploited in the future, though. Wonder if the Grizzlies go back to the ever-available well of Ryan Hollins.

Chalmers

B

Mario Chalmers: 23 min, 15 p, 3 a, 2 r, 2 s, +7

I hated, HATED, the Chalmers trade at the time. Now? The perpetually positive Beno Udrih has been injured and since waived by the Heat, and Super Mario has been perhaps our biggest contributor off the bench. Chris Wallace, once again proving that I'm a dummy.

Carter

C-

Vince Carter: 19 min, 4 p, 1 a, 1 s, 1 b, +0

Somebody get Vince an oxygen tank in that thin Colorado air. After a string of red hot performances, VC is back to his old (read: old) self, floor bound and D hound. He's still wily and providing a good veteran presence, but you don't win playoff series with guys like him and Andersen logging this much floor time.

Playoffs

Stephenson

B

Lance Stephenson: 21 min, 14 p, 3 r, 2 a, 1 s, -1

Ready When Traded.

JaGreen

C-

JaMychal Green: 12 min, 2 p, -1

NOTE TO DAVE: YOUR ENTIRE FRONT LINE IS INJURED, JAMYCHAL SHOULD BE PLAYING MORE THAN TWELVE MINUTES. That is all.

Martin

B-

Jarell Martin: 12 min, 2 p, 4 r, +3

Freshly called up from Iowa, the Grizzlies first round pick didn't look half bad in his first meaningful playing time all season. The most encouraging thing was that he didn't look hurt, grabbing four springy rebounds in 12 minutes. He's going to get an opportunity to prove himself. I'm skeptical, but maybe Martin can make the most of it.

Wright

UGH

Brandan Wright
Allen

OOF

Tony Allen

Looks like Tony's knee might be worse than originally suspected.

No gif

Gasol

OW

Marc Gasol
Joerger

B

Head Coach Dave Joerger

Credit to the head ball coach here. It would have been easy to make excuses against an up-and-coming Denver team, in the altitude, with all of our injuries, on a West Coast road trip... and yet, the team responded to a terrible loss in Phoenix with a gritty win. Well done, Dave. Now get JaMychal off the dang bench.

Condor

F-

Chuck the Condor

A good rule of thumb to follow in mascot creation: don't haunt children's dreams.