The Grizzlies battled against the best team of the regular season. They kept the game alive until the fourth quarter. The shots stopped falling for Memphis, and the Warriors pulled away with a great performance from their bench.
It was, in any case, a good game to test the Grizzlies power only three weeks away from the start of the playoffs. Memphis did not have Marc Gasol, who sat out with a sore foot, and Chandler Parsons, out for the rest of the season.
Grizzlies shot chart in the 4th quarter. You're not going to win like this. pic.twitter.com/aVSwgEaiqL— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) March 27, 2017
Mike Conley: A
29 points, 6 assists in 36 minutes (-5)
Conley was phenomenal last night leading the team in the absence of Gasol. He was aggressive, went to the free throw line often and directed the team well. He made four triples, but had six turnovers.
Zach Randolph: B
15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 29 minutes (-8)
Z-Bo bounced back from two mediocre performances at the start of the current road trip. He owned Draymond Green at times and made his presence known. Golden State's offense put him in many pick and roll situations, and that is when Randolph suffers.
Tony Allen: B
8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 30 minutes (-8)
The Grindfather was engaged and the Grizzlies capitalized. He was active on the offensive boards and successful with his cuts to the basket. You cannot blame him entirely for Thompson's explosion since Memphis switched a lot on defense.
James Ennis: B
7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals in 29 minutes (-10)
This was the best game by Ennis since the All Star break. He was truly engaged on both ends of the floor. He needs to knock down the perimeter shots (0 for 2 last night) to become a full threat off the bench.
JaMychal Green: B-
13 points, 8 rebounds in 31 minutes (+4)
Green was very efficient during the first half. His mid-range shot was falling and he punished the Warriors with offensive rebounds and putbacks. He could not deliver in the second half, though.
Vince Carter: B-
9 points in 33 minutes (-16)
The veteran wing started the game once again and contributed on both ends of the floor. He had a dunk, a fade away jumper and one triple in over 30 minutes. As a role player, there is not much more you can ask from him.
Brandan Wright: C
4 points in 18 minutes (+0)
Wright was not extremely successful last night but continues to show signs that he can provide good minutes off the bench. He finished a nice alley-oop served by Conley and I believe that play can be run by Memphis on a consistent basis.
Troy Daniels: C
6 points in 11 minutes (+3)
Daniels was 2 for 6 from distance. He missed a key open triple when Golden State was up by five in the fourth quarter. After that Golden State just pulled away. It is in those moments when you need Daniels catch on fire.
Andrew Harrison: F
3 points in 17 minutes (-11)
It was not a good night for Harrison. He started the game well with a made triple but things went south for him especially in the fourth quarter. His decision making was poor and his shot was not there (1 for 8). He will likely be a liability in the playoffs.
Andrew Harrison was our scapegoat to start the season. Then Chandler Parsons decided to play ball. Now Harrison has taken the reigns back.— Return of Vinsanity (@VinsanityGNG) March 27, 2017
Coach David Fizdale: B-
Fizdale's game plan was successful until the shots stopped falling for the Grizzlies. The Memphis' defense was not as accurate as in previous meetings. That may have to do with Gasol's absence but also with miscommunication issues. The Grizzlies switched a lot on defense and sometimes worked well but when it did not, players like Thompson, Barnes and Iguodala were wide open at the three point line.
He continues to play Vince Carter over 30 minutes and that may be a bit reckless. He should definitely think about sitting players out before the start of the playoffs. It does not seem that the Grizzlies will be able to reach the 4 or 5 seed and at this stage it is better to have a healthy roster for the first round series.