The Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot after the victory against Dallas. The defense clicked for most of the game and the Memphis bench came up strong led by Zach Randolph and Troy Daniels.
Mike Conley: A
28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists in 34 minutes (+12)
Conley is arguably playing the best basketball of his career. He is averaging 23.6 points after the All Star break and stepped up again in the absence of Marc Gasol. He scored the last 10 points of the game for the Grizzlies.
Mike Conley has had 16 games out of 64 this season scoring 25+ pts. In the 636 games he played prior to this year, he had 26 such games.— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) April 1, 2017
Zach Randolph: A
22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists in 31 minutes (+8)
Z-Bo had himself a game last night. His jab step jumpers were falling and did his usual work on the boards. This is the determined Zach Randolph the Grizzlies will need in the playoffs.
Troy Daniels: A
21 points in 33 minutes (+15)
Daniels was on fire last night. He scored 7 triples out of 12 tries and provided a much needed offensive punch for the Grizzlies. When his shot is there, it is beautiful to watch.
Vince Carter: B+
3 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists in 31 minutes (+2)
Carter did once again all the little things that help to win games. He hustled, rebounded and facilitated the ball well. He took the challenge to defend Nowitzki and the experiment worked extremely well.
Brandan Wright: B-
8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks in 22 minutes (+5)
Wright started the game as Marc Gasol continues to sit out with a sore foot. His stat line does not look that impressive but he did contribute in defense and finished well in the paint for a 3 for 5 shooting performance.
James Ennis: B-
9 points, 7 rebounds in 33 minutes (+0)
Ennis was solid last night, especially in the first half. He is starting to show again the skills that positively surprised everyone at the beginning of the season: energy, defense, fast break running, slicing through the basket and three point shooting ability.
Tony Allen: C+
4 points, 5 rebounds in 26 minutes (+5)
The Grindfather held Harrison Barnes to only 8 points. He struggled offensively, though (2 for 9 from the field).
Wade Baldwin: C
2 points, 4 assists in 14 minutes (-2)
Baldwin played significant minutes in the Grizzlies uniform for the first time in months. His court vision continues to impress and one wonders whether he would be a better option than Harrison for the backup point guard position.
Deyonta Davis: C
2 points, 2 rebounds in 8 minutes (+2)
Davis showed his athleticism with a put back dunk. Unfortunately, he collected three quick fouls.
Wayne Selden: N/A
0 points in 2 minutes
Coach David Fizdale: B
The Grizzlies did what they were supposed to do: win the game against an inferior opponent. They did it without three starters: Gasol, Green and Parsons. Give credit to Fizdale, who brought the best of the Memphis' role players and had three rookies on the floor at the same time during the second quarter. However, the Mavericks' run at the end of the fourth quarter jeopardized the overall good Grizzlies' performance. He should make sure that Memphis closes games earlier.
Grizzlies rookie coach David Fizdale on clinching a playoff berth: "I'm just glad I got that monkey off my back." pic.twitter.com/9gUO4JJiU3— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 1, 2017