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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets

Grading out the individual performances in last night's depressing 109-105 loss to the lowly Nuggets.

Well that sucked. And it was not as close as the final scores suggests. The Grizzlies got it handed to them on their home court by a doormat.

This MASH unit posing for a basketball team just doesn't have the talent to get it done. Lance can press as much as he wants, Zach Randolph can ball to his heart's delight, and Jordan Farmar can... well, do whatever it is that he does 'til the cows come home, but at the end of the day this team is not going to cut it.

The fifth seed is slipping through their fingers. There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth in Memphis.

Farmar

C-

Jordan Farmar: 25 min, 14 p, 5 a, 1 s, -5

Scored at a decent clip, but got positively eviscerated by 20 year old rookie Emmanuel Mudiay. In short:

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Allen

F

Tony Allen: 22 min, 7 p, 1 r, 1 a, 1 s, -19

TA just doesn't look right. Maybe it's injuries lingering, maybe he's just not motivated to play with all of these stiffs. But when Tony isn't bringing the energy, it has a palpable effect on the whole team. We don't play with the same kind of intensity.

Barnes

D+

Matt Barnes: 40 min, 6 p, 11 r, 3 a, 2 s, -5

Yeesh. Don't let those 11 rebounds fool you -- Barnes has been really, really bad recently. An angle that isn't being discussed much, though: he's 36 years old and shouldn't be playing this many minutes. Possible that he's just exhausted.

Randolph

B+

Zach Randolph: 34 min, 26 p, 6 r, 2 a, 1 s, +4

In his first game back Z-Bo did everything that he could to try to carry this limping squad to victory, but just couldn't get it done. Hit some big buckets down the stretch. We'll need this Randolph when (fingers crossed) Conley, et al return for the playoffs.

Andersen

D-

Chris Andersen: 17 min, 4 p, 6 r, 2 b, -15

Some advice for the Birdman:

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Stephenson

B-

Lance Stepehenson: 26 min, 12 p, 3 r, 1 a, 1 b, +12

It's been widely discussed whether or not we should pick up Lance's cost-certain option or try to re-sign him this off-season, but just the fact that we're having that conversation is encouraging. When the trade to acquire him was made, any positive contribution from him would have been gravy. We've gotten that and then some.

JaGreen

A-

JaMychal Green: 26 min, 13 p, 12 r, 3 a, 1 b, +7

A solid double-double from Green, who rebounded (ha!) from a couple of lackluster games. If the Grizzlies are to win any of their remaining games, he will have to continue to play like this.

Carter

C+

Vince Carter: 23 min, 9 p, 1 r, +5

The more I consider it, the more I like bringing Carter back on his cheap-ish contract. Who, in this summer of dump trucks full of money, are we going to get that's better than him at $4.2 million? Methinks no one.

Weber

B

Xavier Munford: 12 min, 9 p, 3 r, 1 a, -1

Not bad, sir. A cool 9 points in a quarter of play is better output than we could expect from most 10 day guys. One gets the sense that Joerger likes him better than the other mercenaries we've brought in.

McCallum

C+

Ray McCallum: 7 min, 1 p, 2 a, 1 r, -1

Why, for the love of all that is holy, is McCallum not starting over Farmar? Heck, I could maybe even understand Farmar starting with McCallum getting bigger minutes. But this is baffling.

Hollins

(In) C (onsequential)

Ryan Hollins: 5 min, 2 p, 2 r, +3

You are also tacky and I also hate you, but at least you provide comic relief:

Martin

Inc.

Jarell Martin: 3 min, 2 p, -4

THE ENTIRE DAMN TEAM IS AN INFIRMARY, DAVE, GIVE THE YOUNG GUY SOME MINUTES. HE'S NOT TERRIBLE.

Joerger

C-

Head Coach Dave Joerger

Look, I get that Joerger is stuck between a boulder and the hardest of hard places, but he's not doing himself any favors. McCallum is clearly superior to Farmar. Barnes and Birdman are too old to play as much as they have been. Lance needs to be reigned in at least a little bit.

Ugh. I'm sorry. I don't want this any more than you do.