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Report Card: Grizzlies bomb in Toronto

Well that was...something

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

If you watched the Grizzlies game in Toronto Saturday evening, read the box score, or read the recap, you know what happened.

One positive? If you take the three quarters other than the third, the Grizzlies won the game, 76-74. Moral victories! Because actual ones are few and far between at this point.

Let’s get this over with.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Green: 24 points, 7 rebounds. 7-of-9 from three in the 3rd quarter

Yes, Danny Green. Green hit 7 threes in the third quarter to somewhat single-handedly flip the switch for the Grizzlies to transform to their rebuild phase. With the stroke Green exhibited in the third, you’d think he had some kind of history with the Grizzlies or something. Green also got himself 7 boards, 3 assists. 2 steals, and a block. Still, he had a lasting impact on the game and possibly directly or indirectly (depending on your opinion) on what happens with the Grizzlies in the coming days.

Grade: A

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

J.B. Bickerstaff

What was that? Seriously. What in the world was that? JaMychal Green saw the floor for a total of just over 13 minutes after starting the game. Yeah, Green committed three early fouls, but again, let him go out there and play. What is there to lose? Shelvin Mack, the usual target of a lot of people, had a decent game but still was a -27 in just over 26 minutes, the worst +/- of any Grizzly. Jaren Jackson Jr. was again an afterthought on offense, which you’d think would have been the opposite with Marc Gasol sitting the game out. Awful performance by Bickerstaff in what’s been a recurring theme as of late. Questionable rotations, questionable play calling (or lack thereof) and just an overall questionable performance.

Grade: F

Quick Grades

  • Justin Holiday gets a C- for having a 0 +/-. Yes, ZERO. Listen, I know Justin didn’t have a great game, but anytime someone can play almost 30 minutes of a 29-point loss and come up with a zero in the plus/minus, I call it a positive. The negative to this? He only played about 3 minutes of the third quarter, avoiding the bloodbath that everyone but he and JaMychal Green had to suffer through. Justin definitely didn’t follow up his good performance in Boston on Friday, but hopefully he can continue to develop and maybe be a part of the future of the team moving forward.
  • Ivan Rabb gets himself a B for getting himself another double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ivan got some more run Saturday with Gasol and Joakim Noah both out of action and again made the most of it. With each opportunity Rabb has had lately, he’s showed that he’s starting to figure it out. One spot the Grizzlies have struggled all season is rev=bounding and the youngster has a knack for finding the ball. More performances like that give you hope that he could be a nice complimentary piece on the team moving forward.

Memphis will be back in action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday afternoon at 4:30pm as part of their annual MLK Jr. Day celebration in downtown Memphis.

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