The Grizzlies took another step in getting back on track in last night’s 98-91 win against the Bulls. Neither the Bucks nor Bulls are great teams, but both are still quality wins, especially considering the Grizzlies recent stretch. The Grizzlies defense held Jimmy Butler in check, and their offense rode Conley and Gasol to the quality road win.
Mike Conley - A+
Conley continued his season long hot streak by nearly leaving Chicago with a triple double. Conley lead the Grizzlies with his 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. He was consistent throughout the entirety of the game with his control of the offense. Once again, Conley deserves his title as the Grizzlies’ Conductor
Marc Gasol - A
Gasol started off the game slow and looked sluggish. Then the second half started and Gasol went off for 19 of his 27 points while shooting 7-12 from the field including some clutch shots. Gasol also deserves credit for the Grizzlies defense getting back in to form. He’s been better at communicating and sliding over into position. The only difference between Gasol and Conley is Gasol’s sluggish start. His strong second half is still deserving of an A.
Tony Allen - B
TA had a solid game defensively last night, helping hold Jimmy Butler to 14 points. TA was also solid on the offensive end as well, chipping in 10 points and grabbing 3 offensive rebounds. TA’s game has taken a step back this year, but it’s games like these that make you feel confident TA will pick it back up come playoff time.
Vince Carter - B
Vince wasn’t perfect like Monday, but he still provided enough to warrant a B. His stats don’t jump out at you (7 points, 3 rebounds) but his presence on the court seems to always have a positive effect on the Grizzlies. We may not see many more games from him like we did on Monday, but luckily for the Grizzlies we still have plenty more solid performances like tonight coming from Vince.
JaMychal Green - C
JaMychal, per usual, didn’t blow up the stat sheet. His 4 points aren’t great, but his 7 rebounds came in handy, as did his consistent defensive effort. With him and Gasol clicking defensively, it’s difficult for opposing teams to get in to a rhythm. If he could improve a little bit more offensively, this Grizzlies team will only become more dangerous.
Zach Randolph - C
Z-Bo didn’t have a great game, but the Grizzlies didn’t need him to. His 8 points and 9 rebounds were enough to spark the Grizzlies bench and lead them to a quality effort. It wasn’t vintage Z-Bo, but it was enough to get the Grizzlies a win.
The rest of the bench - C- (James Ennis, Brandan Wright, Andrew Harrison, & Troy Daniels)
These four didn’t play particularly well last night, combining for 15 points on poor shooting. James Ennis and Andrew Harrison were non-factors on offense while Troy Daniels is still on a cold streak (2-8 shooting). Brandan Wright was the best of the bunch, but it’s difficult for him to find minutes against teams like the Bulls. Still, Wright’s play has given the Grizzlies a great 4th big guy off the bench.
Overall it was a solid win against an inconsistent Bulls team. With a tough stretch of games next week, the Grizzlies need to take advantage of games like last night. It was good to see them get that taken care of. Next up, Atlanta.