As a child growing up, checking the mailbox was normally something you did as a chore each day; you weren’t getting mail, you're parents were just too lazy to walk to the mailbox themselves. If it was raining or freezing outside, you could guarantee it was gonna be you taking the walk to the end of the driveway.
There were a couple of days each year that you would face rain, sleet, hurricane, or tornado to be the one checking the mail: Report Card day.
Remember those days of making sure your parents didn't check the mail so they couldn't check your grades too?
Today is one of those days. The Grizzlies should race to the mailbox to not let anyone see this report card.
Wayne Selden was the only player to grade out well in this game. But he does not deserve an A because the rest of the team would get a curve. It was in fact the second night of a back to back and Selden did not play in the first game, so he had fresh legs. If anyone was to play well tonight, it was supposed to be Wayne.
He did well with his minutes ending the night with 17 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Other Guys
Literally no one outside of Selden had it in this game. But it was the second night of a back to back, against a legitimate play off team rostering the best player on the planet. The team as a whole gets a failing grade for the night, but there will be a handful of these in a season. Through 25 games, the Grizz have only had two games of this sort.
There was something disturbing that needs to be graded and that was the game plan and the execution of the game plan. The Los Angeles Lakers are 24th in the league in paint defense giving up nearly 50 points a game.
Instead of attacking the paint, the Grizzlies attempted their third highest total of three point attempts on the season (30) at 20%. Almost half of those attempts (13) came in the first quarter. A team is not attempting that many threes to start the game unless it is the gameplan, and if it was the gameplan for tonight (shooting threes against a bad interior defensive team with tired legs) then our coaching staff gets an F-.
There really isn’t much to say about this game. Gasol shot the ball more efficiently, Jackson stayed out of foul trouble, and Stephens gets an A+ for this: