The Memphis Grizzlies are the real deal, and teams around the league need to take note.
The Grizzlies went up to Milwaukee and knocked off the Bucks 116-113. It’s so enjoyable to see the greatness of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley as they play well for this team. Memphis has put together multiple team wins from start to finish that really show they are for real.
For the first time in 20 months, the Grizzlies get the win on an Eastern Conference home court. That is a good streak to put to an end, and it is even better to end it against one of the top Eastern Conference teams as well. The Sixers win and now this one will give the Grizzlies confidence and momentum that will be huge going forward.
The Grizzlies had an interesting challenge in this game facing the team scoring the most points per game. Of course, the Grizzlies want to slow things down, but they still played good enough defense to hang with the Bucks throughout the night. 116 points isn’t something you normally see with Memphis, but everything was clicking last night.
Now, to team grades.
Mike Conley- A
This is exactly what you want out of a Mike Conley game. 36 minutes, 26 points on 9-16 shooting and making plays throughout the game to vault Memphis to the win. Conley was the crunch time bucket getter in this one, hitting a key three and mid-range jumper when the game was on the line. Against a fast paced scoring machine like the Bucks, Conley had to get into a groove or else the Grizzlies would not have the scoring to keep up. Conley helped with that burden all night.
Garrett Temple- B
A solid game for Garrett Temple scoring 11 points and contributing with 5 rebounds. He brings a wrinkle to the offense that has regressed a bit from his scorching start at the beginning of the season. However, Temple understands how he can help this team and it is to sit and wait for the open three to hit.
Luckily, he is not expected to create his own shot. This was one of his efficient games where he helped on both sides of the court. Here is his huge three-point bucket when the team needed it most.
Kyle Anderson- B
Winning with Kyle Anderson scoring 6 points is best case scenario. The real worry is when Mike or Marc have down games, and the team is relying on someone else to score baskets. This is what you get with Anderson. He is a great player defensively, but he hopefully can change into helping the offense in other ways to help the other players on the floor. In addition to those 6 points, he had 8 rebounds and 5 assists. These are the types of full box score that he can work on affecting the game outside of just scoring.
Jaren Jackson Jr.- B+
With the huge task of guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo last night, Jaren Jackson Jr. actually held his own quite well. There is no way to actually stop Giannis but containing him and bodying him up is the best you can do. And the most important thing is not letting it affect your own game on the other side of the court. Jackson still played a solid game when he was on the court, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes on 5-8 shooting. He was not starstruck by Giannis going down and scoring 31 one in this game. The negative for JJJ is once again him not staying on the court. Those 16 minutes were all he could play because of 5 personal fouls he racked up on his time on the court.
"You get hit, you get up, and you start swinging again. If not you're gonna stay down. I'm proud of the guys."@MarcGasol talks to @thefishnation about the @memgrizz resiliency and getting the victory against the Bucks.#GrindCity pic.twitter.com/zW6fdQyLD2— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) November 15, 2018
Marc Gasol- A+
Marc Gasol earns the MVP award for this game. The Bucks this season have not defended the three-point line well. Coming into the night, Milwaukee gave up 13 made three-point field goals per game. So, Marc took that into consideration and stretched his game out to start launching threes all night. Gasol shot 10-18 and 6-12 from three-point land in this game. He scored 18 of his 29 points from threes. That is how you beat the Bucks, and Gasol executed it brilliantly.
The Bench- B+
In my opinion, the most important player to the Grizzlies this season has been Shelvin Mack. He has taken on that secondary ball handling role that was so crucial to let Conley work off ball while still being important to the offense. Against the Bucks, Mack scored 15 points in 29 minutes shooting 3-6 from three. In addition, he had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. This is the impact you want from a bench player that plays big minutes. The Grizzlies would not be where they are this season without Mack playing at this level. Just think, last year, it was Andrew Harrison…..
Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks also contributed with 9 and 7 points respectively while Yuta Watanabe got to play some minutes as well.
After this great win, the Grizzlies look to keep things going on the right track hosting the overachieving Sacramento Kings. The Kings are coming in red hot and ready to beat the Grizzlies yet again. Grizzlies vs. Kings is on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 CST.