Coincidentally enough, the Grizzlies and Bulls both entered Wednesday night’s Stock Market Game having just put a stop to five game losing streaks. Memphis, of course, beat Milwaukee on Monday, while Chicago was fresh off a Monday win over Charlotte.
So, who would be able to keep their momentum moving Tuesday? Would it be a bear market or a bull market?
The game was close throughout the first half, and though the Grizzlies managed to build a 14 point lead off a 10-0 run to open the second half, it was a three point game going into the fourth.
In the end, Memphis managed to weather the storm of defensive miscues and Rondo made three-pointers thanks to a massive fourth quarter from Big Spain. Memphis walked away with a 98-91 victory over the green-clad Chicago
Celtics Bulls and kept their winning streak alive.
They’ll try to keep it rolling tomorrow against Atlanta, but for now here’s a few quick comments on tonight’s win.
Mike Conley: Good at Basketball
Marc Gasol ended the night with 27 points and was the one to put the game out of reach, but early on, his shots weren’t falling, and he was struggling to get into a rhythm. And while Marc eventually found his shot and aggression, it was Mike who carried the team while the big man was mired in an early funk.
This season has been one of Conley’s best, and lately he’s been particularly key to the Grizzlies’ success. Take tonight’s game: Conley finished with 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting. And, even more telling, he finished the game a team-best +17. When Conley was off the floor, the Grizzlies struggled to score and the offense bogged down.
Conley was great on a night where the Grizzlies needed every bit of it. He was particularly deadly from three, going 5-of-8. As the season has gone along, Conley has looked more and more like the sort of offensive weapon Fizdale expected him to be, and he’s having the sort of great season that he’d been having prior to going down with the back injury earlier in the year.
Grizzlies set team record for number of threes made in a season (627)
With their 5th 3-pointer tonight, the @memgrizz have made 621 threes this season, surpassing the single-season record of 620 set in 2007-08.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) March 16, 2017
Chandler Parsons has run away with the title of “most talked about subject,” but coming in second has been the shift in offensive philosophy of the team under new head coach David Fizdale. The team has made a distinct effort to space the floor more. There’s no better example of this than Marc Gasol, who’s already destroyed his personal best for three-point attempts.
They’re still a little more erratic than you’d like, but the Grizzlies are shooting the three at unprecedented rates (for this team, at least). The Grizzlies are on pace to shoot the most threes in team history this season (record is 1779) and they’ve already surpassed their previous most makes (620) in a season with 14 games left to play.
Backup Point Guard
Maybe this is just the result of having watched Toney Douglas for the past few weeks, but Andrew Harrison has looked a lot sharper since returning to the rotation. He’s been better at finding his teammates at the right time, he looks a little less slow footed, and he just looks more comfortable overall.
Maybe it’s all relative, and maybe the bloom will wear off eventually, but Harrison has been a welcome change from Douglas, and it appears the back-up point guard spot is fully his now.