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Report Card: Mike Conley shines in win over Jazz

Memphis comes into Salt Lake City and leave victorious as they defeat the Jazz 110-100

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies rallied back from a double-digit deficit at one point to win 110-100 in Salt Lake City. This was another impressive victory from this Grizzlies team who notched their second W against the Jazz this season. This is a Utah team who many assume will be a top-4 seed in the Western Conference this season. It’s a great sign for Memphis to be able to pull one out on the road against them.

These two teams have a similar style of game plan which is different in today’s NBA. They both slow the game down and take their time while playing good defense on the other end of the court. Quick pace is not the name of the game for the Grizzlies and Jazz.

The Grizzlies shot an impressive 50.7% from the field and 50.0% from three in this one. They won the points in the paint category which was important against a tough front court in Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. It was a great all-around game with the whole team contributing. The bench scored 38 points to add to this win.

Now, to team grades.

Mike Conley- A

The Conductor once again led the team last night. Mike Conley shot 7-18 from the field and scored 28 points. He contributed five rebounds and five assists as well. Conley had everything clicking again in this one, and it’s such a great sign seeing him back playing at this level helping the Grizzlies win. He brings such a playmaking element to this team that most everyone else on the roster just does not have. If he continues at this rate, the Grizzlies could be in the playoff hunt.

Garrett Temple- B-

Temple had a decent night last night. He scored 12 points on 5-10 shooting, but he went 1-4 from three. It wasn’t his best game by any stretch. He was definitely off from three as he airballed an attempt at one point. However, he still ended up in double digits, showing he can score in other ways than three-pointers. This should not worry anyone long term as it seemed to be just a small blip in his shooting this game.

Kyle Anderson- C

The patience is wearing thin as Kyle Anderson finishes this game with two points in 31 minutes. He went 0-4 shooting and looked like he wants no part of shooting at all. Luckily, he’s a very important piece defensively, but he’s got to at least look like he wants to attack the rim. This clip is a perfect example of Slo-Mo on offense.

Jaren Jackson Jr.- B

Another quality game for Jaren Jackson Jr. He ended his night with 13 points on a nice night shooting 6-9 from the field. It was the efficiency that all of Grizzlies nation should want from this rookie. He knows where to pick his spots to impact the game, and he takes them. However, his foul problem seems to be something that isn’t going away, and it will affect him and any offensive rhythm he gets started in these games.

I had to include this clip because JJJ is taking the reigning defensive player of the year to the paint and finishing beautifully with his left hand. This is the confidence and basketball play that is only going to grow as his career moves forward.

Marc Gasol- A-

Huge double-double for Marc Gasol. It was very important that he was able to get tough down low with this great front court for Utah. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists last night which is probably his best complete stat line all season long. He went 2-4 from behind the arc which pulled out Gobert letting Conley drive in all night long. Thiese two are just so comfortable feeding off each other throughout the game.

The Bench- B+

It was the Shelvin Mack Show as he ended the night with 19 points on 7-11 shooting and 4-6 from three in 33 minutes played. This is a huge night from the veteran point guard who seems to be a great value pickup for the Grizzlies this season. No matter his stat line each night, Mack is finally a solid option at backup point guard when Conley needs rest.

Dillon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. also contributed decent minutes, scoring six and five, respectively. While it was only in 15 minutes for both, it will be something to build off of as they continue to learn the role this team has for them.

After this great win, the Grizzlies look to keep things going on the right track, heading to Phoenix on Sunday. This is a game the Grizzlies should win, but Sunday games are always strange for whatever reason. Plus, the road game will make things even more difficult. Grizzlies @ Suns is on Sunday, November 4th at 7:00 CST.

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