The Grizzlies dominated Phoenix in a blowout win that allowed them to rest the starters during the final minutes of the game. Accuracy from beyond the arc and defense were the keys to the victory. Memphis went 16 for 28 from downtown for 57.1 percent. Mike Conley led the way with 38 points and 9 assists.
"The three point shooting team of Memphis!" is an actual thing that was just exclaimed on national television— Made in Memphis (@MadeinMemphis1) January 31, 2017
Mike Conley: A++
38 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals in 32 minutes (+28)
Conley was in a zone last night. The rim looked big for him. He went 12 for 18 from the floor for a career-high 38 points including seven triples. He certainly schooled Eric Bledsoe who only had 14 points.
Zach Randolph: B+
18 points, 6 rebounds in 23 minutes (+10)
After his vintage performance against the Jazz, Randolph was solid against the Suns with his typical jab step jumpers and points in the paint. He also had two triples and two uncharacteristic dunks! In the current road trip, he is averaging 21 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.
Marc Gasol: B
18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in 28 minutes (+10)
Big Spain started off hot with 10 points in the first quarter including two triples. Afterwards he primarily focused on defense and left Conley do the scoring. For the first time in January, he played fewer than 30 minutes.
Tony Allen: B-
8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 19 minutes (+11)
The Grindfather gave the business to Devin Booker who did most of his scoring when Allen was not on the floor. At 35, his one-on-one defense is still top. He averages 2.3 steals during this road trip.
Brandan Wright: C+
6 points, 2 rebounds in 5 minutes (-6)
After only 12 appearances last season, Wright played his first game this season. And the good news is that he looked healthy and engaged! In barely five minutes on the floor, the backup center showed his most appreciated skill: finishing around the rim. He had three easy baskets for six points.
Brandan Wright is the ONLY reason I didn't go to bed 15 minutes ago— Marc Gasol's Star (@ItsGrizzTime) January 31, 2017
JaMychal Green: C+
7 points, 8 rebounds in 27 minutes (+25)
Green was key in the Memphis' run at the start of the third quarter when he made two corner three pointers. Other than that, he provided the usual decent defense and rebounding.
Vince Carter: C+
5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals in 27 minutes (+19)
Carter was one of six from the floor but he always manages to find a way to contribute. If it’s not with scoring, it’s with rebounding, deflections, or facilitating. He is an important piece in this Grizzlies team and it’s remarkable what he’s doing at the age of 40.
James Ennis: C+
7 points, 3 rebounds in 26 minutes (+4)
Ennis continues to be a reliable option off the bench. His stat sheet is usually not flashy but he gets the work done on the floor with good defense, three point capacity, and successful finishing around the rim.
Andrew Harrison: C
6 points in 10 minutes (-4)
Harrison is still the first option as a backup point guard even if the Grizzlies just signed Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract. Last night, he quickly collected three fouls in the first half. His go-to move, rim running, continues to drag fouls on the opponents and sends him to the free throw line often. He had no assists, though, which always looks bad for a guard.
Troy Daniels: D
0 points in 7 minutes (+2)
It looks like coach David Fizdale will not give Daniels much playing time when the Grizzlies face high-scoring back courts. That was the case against the Wizards and last night against Phoenix.
Wade Baldwin: D
0 points in 5 minutes (-6)
It was nice to see Baldwin back on the floor with the Grizzlies. He gave a nice assist to Wright but had problems containing Booker, and collected three fouls in five minutes.
Toney Douglas: D
0 points in 5 minutes (-6)
Douglas has not played at a high level for over a month and looked completely rusty in his return to the Grizzlies. He had two turnovers in garbage time and struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.
Chandler Parsons: F
2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 20 minutes (+3)
When your second highest paid player is on the floor during garbage time, you know something is wrong. Parsons continues to struggle to fit in and we can only hope things turn around one day.
Coach David Fizdale: B
How much credit should Fizdale get for a blowout win against the second worst team in the league? Considering how inconsistent the Grizzlies have been this season, I think it was important for them to come out and dominate the game wire-to-wire. Let us hope he can make the team grow consistent while approaching the playoffs.