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On a night where the Kings and Bulls both won, the Grizzlies did their part to help their draft positioning by blowing a double-digit lead at home to the Raptors. The Grizzlies were clicking on all cylinders in the first half. But then the second half started, and the Grizzlies were clicking on... I don't know, spyware? It was bad. It's like this team is full of conscientious objectors to third quarters.
So how did the team grade out? Let's check their grades!
Marc Gasol/Tyreke Evans: B+
The two stars for Memphis did pretty much everything that you needed them to do. They combined for 47 points on 17-35 shooting. Evans was his usual self, getting to the basket, hitting shots from beyond the arc. It's incredible what he's been able to do this season, though he did struggle with fouls.
Even more encouraging was Marc Gasol. Gasol was aggressive on the offensive end. He attacked the basket and looked for his shot. Best of all, he was willing to take open shots from three. He was only 1-4 from deep, but it was good to see Marc at least try to carry the team.
JaMychal Green: C
Dillon Brooks: C
Andrew Harrison: B+
I'm not sure if he's still bothered by his injury, but JaMychal Green just has not been himself since returning. He especially struggled from the offensive end on Friday night. He hit just two of his nine shots for four points, and while he pulled in five rebounds, the Grizzlies will need him to shoulder a bigger offensive load if they want to get back to winning.
Dillon Brooks had a quiet night (he took just two shots) and played the fewest minutes of any starter. It's probably fair at this point to think that he's better off coming off the bench with Ennis taking his starting spot. One of Brooks' biggest issues right now is fouling. In his brief playing time, Brooks committed a whopping four fouls.
Andrew Harrison continues his revival in the post-Fizdale era. Harrison chipped in 6 points on 6 shots, but he also added 7 assists and made some heady defensive plays. Harrison has been much better with the ball in his hand, and Bickerstaff has gotten back to what Andy does best.
James Ennis: B
Chandler Parsons: A-
Deyonta Davis: A-
Mario Chalmers: F
James Ennis III continues to fit perfectly into the role of "most underrated Grizzly," and, as mentioned above, it's probably better to start him and let Brooks play with the bench.
Chandler Parsons returned to the lineup and continued to be the best any Grizzly fan could've possible hoped for given the disaster he was last season. He's a decent defender, and his shots are falling. He's not quite the shot creator he was pre-injury, but he was a positive last night. If only he could play 30+ minutes.
Deyonta also continues to outperform expectations in Wright's absence. Most impressive of all? Davis actually pitched in on the offensive end. He added 9 points on 5 shots and pulled down 4 boards in just 12 minutes of action. It looks like the gloom and doom surrounding him after a disappointing Summer League might dissipate.
Mario Chalmers is nothing short of a disaster right now, and it's worth wondering at this point how much longer he's on the roster. He scored 7 points in 26 minutes, turned the ball over 3 times, and committed 4 fouls.
Also, let's not forget about tonight's star of the game, Ben McLemore, who gets an LOL as his grade for this:
J.B. Bickerstaff called a timeout right after this play. If you go back and watch, as they show the bench, Deyonta Davis is laughing into his towel. It was the greatest moment of this game.
To be fair, this was also the best offensive night of McLemore's young Grizzlies career. He scored 10 points on 3-6 shooting. He probably should've had 12 points on 6 shots, but I'll take the 360 dunk attempt every time.