The Grizzlies, despite a neck and neck game, won against the Raptors 101-99. Marc Gasol was on fire from the three point line. Vince Carter showed he still has some hops with his 360 layup. Tony Allen and Zach Randolph were battling for the boards. Toronto had a chance to win but a missed three by Kyle Lowry gave the Grizz the W.
Time for the grades:
Marc Gasol: A
Gasol had a career high 42 points. He was 5-10 from deep, 9-10 from the line, and 56 percent from the field. He also came away with 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
Tony Allen: A
Tony Allen crashed the glass and attacked the rim multiple times. He came away with a double double (15 points and 11 rebounds). He also tallied 1 assist and 2 blocks.
Zach Randolph: A-
Randolph showed that, at his age and experience, he can bang and shoot with the best bigs. He came away with 16 points, 3 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Mike Conley: B
Not such a great night for Conley as he struggled from the field. He came away with 11 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Vince Carter: B
Vince Carter may have his 360 layup. However, he only had 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
James Ennis: C+
Ennis was on the floor 36 mins and he barely contributed. He came away with 6 points, 1 assist, and 6 rebounds.
Dave Fizdale: B+
Coach Fizdale’s plan was to keep Kyle Lowry at bay. It worked for the first half but not as well in the second. Fizdale’s players need to stay in their role. Gasol needs to anchor the offense and defense. Conley needs to be quicker to the ball. They need a backup point guard, and they need to fix the small forward problem between starting Ennis and Parsons. Neither has contributed well but it’s a long season with plenty left to play.
Next, the Grizzlies will face the Trailblazers on January 27 in Portland as a part of a long six game road trip.