Spaghetti Western was a subgenre of Western movies that had a niche audience during the 60s and the 70s. One of the most popular works at the time was Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, starring Clint Eastwood.
Andrew Harrison, one the Memphis Grizzlies rookies, embodied a little bit of good, bad and ugly during the Game 4 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series. He went several times from hero to villain, and viceversa. He had a game changing play in the overtime while at the same time committed costly mistakes.
Harrison, who is backing up Mike Conley at the point guard position this season, has been highly criticized for his inability to make outside shots and his tendency to miss defensive assignments. On the other hand, he has sometimes shown a poise and a maturity uncommon for a rookie.
The Game 4 between the Spurs and the Grizzlies exemplified the hypes and frustrations with Harrison's play this season. Memphis got away with the win to tie the series and the backup point guard had a big impact in the good, the bad and the ugly.
Harrison had some great moments during his 19 minutes on the floor last Saturday. For instance, the steal from LaMarcus Aldridge and the coast to coast for a bucket and a foul, and the contested made jumper in the second quarter. He will be remembered, though, for that chase down block on Patty Mills that led to a Marc Gasol three point play. That was a five point swing right there and switched the momentum in the favor of the Grizzlies. He also hit two clutch free throws with less than a minute left in overtime. Lastly, he had zero turnovers out of the 22 committed by Memphis.
Harrison was burnt by Tony Parker several times during the second quarter as the French point guard kept the Spurs in the game with 12 of his 22 points. Parker also abused Harrison in the fourth quarter when Conley was resting on the bench. Harrison's defense left a lot to be desired and the Frenchman took advantage. Conley's defense on Parker was substantially better and Fizdale will have to carefully manage his substitutions in order to have his starting point guard on the floor when the Spurs legend is playing.
After that huge block and hitting a pair of clutch free throws in overtime, Harrison was defending Patty Mills with 22 seconds to go and the Spurs down by three. The rookie completely fell asleep on Mills and that led to Kawhi Leonard's triple to tie the game. Luckily for Memphis, Gasol hit the game winning shot to defeat San Antonio. The Grizzlies need their role players to perform at high level on both ends of the floor in order to beat the Spurs and Harrison will be a big part of that for the rest of the series.