The Grizzlies lost a low scoring, defensive-minded game against Utah. Despite Andrew Harrison getting it going, Memphis came up short in the fourth quarter. Free throw disparity and turnovers were an issue for the Grizzlies.
Time for grades.
Andrew Harrison: A-
23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 35 minutes (-10)
With Conley, Parsons and Evans out, Harrison has arguably become the second most important Grizzly. Who would have seen that coming a year ago? He had a career-high in scoring against Utah and continues to play with a lot of confidence. He does not get and A or A+ because of his defensive struggles against Ricky Rubio who had himself a night with a game-high 29 points.
Marc Gasol: B
20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in 36 minutes (-4)
Gasol continues to lead by example, showing up every night even if the Grizzlies are losing. He was aggresive offensively and had an interesting match-up against Rudy Gobert where the Spaniard was only successful at times. He went for 7 for 20 from the floor.
JaMychal Green: C+
11 points, 7 rebounds in 30 minutes (+6)
It looks like Green is starting to be satisfied with 10-7 stat lines. To me, he needs to offer more specially with Conley, Parsons and Evans out.
more like JAMychal amirite. pic.twitter.com/DZ8dmgY52I— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 8, 2018
James Ennis III: C
6 points, 4 rebounds in 24 minutes (+1)
Ennis is not flashy but he always contributes on both ends of the floor. His energy off the bench is much appreciated and Memphis should look into ways to keep him at the end of the year when his contract expires.
Ivan Rabb: C
4 points, 3 rebounds in 11 minutes (+0)
I would like to see more of Rabb because I feel that he can become an important rotation player in the future. He certainly provides good minutes when he is on the floor.
Dillon Brooks: C-
11 points, 6 rebounds in 31 minutes (+6)
Brooks did not have his best night. He struggled offensively going 4 for 13 from the floor. He was also thrown out of the game towards the end.
Jarell Martin: D
6 points, 5 rebounds in 30 minutes (-13)
Martin was in the starting lineup and played small forward in this one. I have the impression that he does not feel comfortable in that position, running around screens defending shooters. There is a very telling play in the first quarter when Joe Ingles benefitted from a screen to catch, shoot and score and three pointer. Martin was running behind him in slow motion...
Jarell at small forward: pic.twitter.com/pF1z3L3Nwd— Matt Hrdlicka (@theRealHrdlicka) February 8, 2018
Mario Chalmers: D
7 points, 4 assists in 22 minutes (-4)
With less than a second left in the game, Chalmers scored an irrelevant three pointer from half-court which was almost as irrelevant as his performance. Not to mention his 5 turnovers.
Wayne Selden Jr.: F
0 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 17 minutes (-2)
Selden combines good with bad performances and he had one his worst games against Utah. His consistency continues to be an issue.