The Grizzlies battled back from 19 down to fall inches short against the Wizards in Washington. If only Otto Porter hadn’t hit so many open threes... I saw Twitter get a little frantic throughout the game, and a little more after it was over.
Here’s my take: The Grizzlies played a decent game in the middle of the season against a non-conference opponent, and while they fell short of the win, there’s no reason to freak out. Get healthy, and hit your stride at the right time. We gotta figure out the backup PG thing though, for real.
Tony Allen: C
6 points, 7 rebounds in 29 minutes (-4)
Tony fouled out yet again with a good chunk of time remaining on the game clock. While he prepared for and limited Bradley Beal, he acknowledged a lapse in preparation when it came to Otto Porter.
James Ennis: C+
8 points, 6 rebounds in 28 minutes (0)
Ennis provided good defense and hustle, and did his job adequately for the night. He was cold from deep, going 0-4, but I’m happy he’s taking those shots. He’s getting a lot of minutes and this will translate into an asset come playoff time.
Zach Randolph: C
6 points, 9 rebounds in 20 minutes (-4)
ZBo struggled to guard the perimeter, giving up open looks from deep, and was attacked by John Wall on the pick and roll. Zach also struggled to get going on offense, shooting 3-14 and failing to reach the charity stripe.
Mike Conley: B+
20 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, in 30 minutes (+6)
Mike maintained his solid level of play, sinking two threes and going 8-9 at the free throw line. He’s taking advantage of the better spacing, and using his craftiness to create looks for himself and others. Most importantly, he didn’t play more than 30 minutes and looked healthy.
Marc Gasol: B+
28 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block in 39 minutes (-8)
Marc played more than any other player, and while he put a nice stat line together, he didn’t torch the Wizards quite like he did the last time. Gortat seemed cognizant of Gasol’s 3-pt range, and guarded Big Spain much better than last game. Nevertheless, Gasol managed to hit contested shots, and his aggressiveness earned him trips to the FT line (10-11).
JaMychal Green: B+
15 points, 13 rebounds in 34 minutes (0)
JaMychal earned a strong B+, almost an A- if our defense had been a little better. He pulled down a double-double on 6-7 shooting, and 1-2 from deep (would like to see more attempts here). He also crashed the boards like a maniac among the Washington bigs.
Vince Carter: B
12 points, 3 steals in 29 minutes (-5)
While we signed him for his offense, Carter continues to provide length and veteran stability on the wing when it comes to defense. He brought his shooting in this loss, however, going 3-6 from deep. Let’s just freeze Vince as he is right now and thaw him around playoff time, no?
Chandler Parsons: C-
6 points, 2 rebounds in 18 minutes (0)
When he gets his legs back, the offense will evolve into something we’ve never seen before in Memphis. Until that time, please try to relax and take a page out of the book of Embiid: trust the process.
0 points, 2 rebounds in 8 minutes (-10)
Fiz gave him another go after experimenting with some backup PG-less games, and there wasn’t much to show for it. He couldn’t buy a bucket on wide open shots.
Coach David Fizdale: B
Fiz coached the Grizz back from a 19 point deficit, made the game winnable, and managed minutes and health in this loss. He continues to develop talent on the roster, and avoid overplaying key starters in unnecessary situations. We still have no clue what to do about the backup PG situation, so my ears are perked up for a potential trade regarding that issue.