The Grizzlies celebrated Star Wars Night on Friday as they welcomed the Hawks to FedExForum. If the Grizzlies were ever going to win a game in the midst of their recent turmoil, this was the one. The Hawks are one of the league's worst teams, and they were playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
But while the Grizzlies didn't Darth Maul the Hawks, they at least managed to avoid throwing it away, getting their first win against the Eastern Conference this season.
In honor of the Star Wars night, here's a Star Wars themed report card. Note: I haven't seen the latest movie, so there's no spoilers to be wary of.
Marc Gasol: Darth Vader
It looks like Marc Gasol is frustrated with his team. It's hard not to blame him, considering there's not a lot of actual NBA talent around him. For a moment, it looked as if Marc had gone over to the Dark Side as well. He didn't score at all in the first half, and he fumbled the ball away on a late possession, giving the Hawks a chance to tie or win the game. Almost as if he were force choking the game away on purpose...
Tyreke Evans: Boba Fett
We all know that Tyreke is gone at some point, whether it's prior to the trade deadline or in the offseason. But for now, Evans is a cool character to watch, and he'll always be a local folk hero, even if he ends up as a mercenary somewhere else. He was collecting plenty of bounties on Friday, including the game winner.
Ben McLemore: Jar Jar Binks
Even though he turns out to be semi-useful at times, like when he shoots as well as he did last night (3-6), McLemore is just incredibly difficult to watch. On Friday, he continued to commit bad fouls and be a liability on defense. He'sa in deep doo-doo this time.
Chandler Parsons: Han Solo
After last season, the odds that Parsons would be able to even give you this sort of performance (9 points, 4 assists in 25 minutes off the bench) were incredibly low. Well, never tell Chandler the odds. In fact, there were times when the Grizzlies offense stagnated and Parsons was the only one who could get a shot to fall early.
Mario Chalmers: Yoda
Yoda was really old and kinda seemed washed a lot of times. But there were times like during that one scene in Attack of the Clones where he kicked butt and did some awesome flips. Tonight was Rio's best game in a while. He pitched in 16 points, including big shots down the stretch, and was 3 of 4 from behind the arc. Friday was Rio's Attack of the Clones fight scene.
Andrew Harrison: R2-D2
R2-D2 is never going to be a superstar, but he's a big part of the Star Wars saga. Harrison has been a surprising key member of the Grizzlies lately. On Friday night, he pitched in 10 points and hit every one of his threes, though he did commit 5 fouls. I guess you can't expect robots to get it right all the time.
Deyonta Davis: Anakin Skywalker
Deyonta is still young Anakin right now, and I'm going to cling to the hope that he will bring balance to the Force. I've enjoyed watching him in Wright's absence, and while he's still a little raw on the offensive side (only 4 points in 15 minutes on Friday), Davis continues to affect shots at the rim and pull down boards.
Dillon Brooks: Chewbacca
Everyone loves Chewbacca! He's a great role player and has cool hair, just like Dillon Brooks, who had 8 points on 3-6 shooting.
Jarell Martin: Storm Trooper
Jarell missed every shot he took.
James Ennis: Captain Kirk
Because Captain Kirk wasn't in Star Wars. Get it?! [sobs uncontrollably]
Overall Grade: Death Star
The Grizzlies may have won this game, but it was a dog fight at home against a bad team on the second game of a back-to-back. This game really just served as proof that eventually the powers that be are going to have to fire into the hole on the surface of the Death Star and blow it up.