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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls

Grading out the individual performances in last night's massive, 6-game-losing-steak-snapping 108-92 win over the Bulls.

Phew. Needed that one.

The Grizzlies guaranteed themselves a winning season and inched closer towards clinching a spot in the playoffs by blowing out Derrick Rose & Co. in FedEx Forum. Z-Bo came up huge when the team needed him. Tony Allen looked like Tony Allen for the first time in a while. VC dialed the time machine back a few years.

Well done, Grizzlies. Now they can all but lock up a spot in the postseason with a win against Dallas on Friday. They might not even need that with their magic number down to two, but Memphis is in a far better position today than they were this time yesterday.



Jordan Farmar: 31 min, 15 p, 4 a, 2 r, 1 s, +10

Maybe the best that he's looked in a Grizzlies uniform. Facilitated the offense nicely and wasn't utterly pantsed on defense like he has been as of recent.

I'm already not looking forward to what opposing point guards could do to him in the playoffs. Things could get ugly.



Tony Allen: 30 min, 6 p, 9 r, 1 a, 4 s, +7

THERE'S the TA that we know and love. Proving once again that you don't have to score the basketball to have a huge effect on the game. Kept Jimmy Butler uncomfortable all night, who finished with only 5 points on 2 of 8 shooting from the field.



Matt Barnes: 41 min, 16 p, 7 r, 2 a, +8

After looking like he was playing on bald tires for a while there, Barnes has rediscovered his mojo. Found the open creases on the offensive end for open looks and played able co-agitator with Tony on defense. Heck, he played well enough for Born Ready to be, well, not born ready for this game. (*boooooooo* "Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week!")



Zach Randolph: 35 min, 27 p, 10 r, 4 a, 2 s, +7




Chris Andersen: 22 min, 4 p, 1 r, 1 a, 1 s, +12

He's playing the part of "large warm body" well in the paint. Better than Ryan Hollins was, anyway. That's a pretty low bar, but it's where we are right now. What are ya gonna do?



Vince Carter: 25 min, 17 p, 5 r, 4 a, 2 s, 1 b, +23

MR. CARTER IF YA NASTY. My, oh my. Reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out some slick step-back jumpers and slip knot passes. After last season's injury-plagued debacle, nice to see Vince getting this run.



JaMychal Green: 24 min, 8 p, 5 r, 1 a, 3 s, +7

Similar to Tony, showed why you don't have to be an offensive savant to be an effective player. This is the kind of role that Green will ideally be playing next year when everyone is *knocks vigorously on nearest available piece of wood* back and healthy.



Xavier Munford: 18 min, 8 p, 3 r, +4

Little by little, Munford is playing himself onto an NBA roster next season. It might not be in Memphis, but he's playing like he belongs.



Jarell Martin: 14 min, 7 p, 5 r, 1 a, 3 s, +7

Was set up well for the points he got last night, so it's not like he's creating anything -- but he does take advantage of the opportunities he gets. I like that about him. Plays hard on defense and on the glass, and stays in his lane on offense. Memphis needs playmakers, but you also need hustle role players like Martin. There's a place in the league for guys like him.



Lance Stephenson: DNP, CD

Intrigue! There was lots of speculation on Grizzlies' twitter during the game as to why Lance wasn't playing. Was he hurt? Did we not know something? Coach Joerger addressed that after the game.

Head scratcher




Head Coach Dave Joerger

Time will tell what's going on with Lance and whether or not it was truly only "basketball reasons" why Dave didn't play him last night, but the coaching staff clearly lit a fire under the team's collective seat. Good game, coach.



Marc Gasol

Good to see you last night, Marc. Get well soon.

Memphis Forever


The Grindhouse Crowd: 17,591 announced attendance (97% capacity)

The Grizzlies needed a pick-me-up and the crowd did a serviceable job providing that. This game was never really in doubt, though, thanks to Mr. Bo. A biggish proportion of Bulls fans in attendance, though -- will be interesting to see how many fake Warriors fans are in the seats on Saturday.