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NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since the Grizzlies have come to Memphis, the team took the floor without a Gasol being on the roster. Sure Pau and Marc missed games as Grizzlies, but this is the first game in the franchise’s Memphis history that a Gasol was not on the roster. The Grizzlies are now 1-0 without the Gasols in Memphis (bittersweet).

JB Bickerstaff now has new toys to play with in Avery Bradley, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and Jonas Valanciunas (didn't play because of immigration papers). So how would the Grizzlies play without Gasol and with new players only having a shoot around under their belt?

Grades:

Joakim Noah

If I told you that Noah led the Grizzlies in scoring for a game, the assumption would be that the Grizzlies got destroyed. But Noah was flat out awesome tonight. He averages 13 minutes per game for the season but tonight saw extended run with 30 minutes and boy did he produce. He finished the night with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists. Dare I say, Chicago Noah showed up tonight?

Grade: A

Bruno Caboclo

Tonight was probably a night Bruno will choose to forget. In his last game on his final 10 day contract with the Grizz, Bruno was in foul trouble early and never really gave himself one final chance to show the front office he was worthy to be signed the rest of the year. His length is enticing but there a few things you still wish you saw from him.

Grade: F

Ivan Rabb

Rabb got his seventh career start next to Jaren Jackson Jr. tonight and he did not disappoint. Not only did Ivan have 10 points and 9 rebounds, for most of the night he was responsible for guarding Anthony Davis and Davis only had 14 points in 34 minutes of play. Rabb continues to show that his top 10 projected draft spot his freshman year at Cal was no fluke.

Grade: B+

Mike Conley

The Conductor has a new role on Beale Street. He was here before the core four, led the team on the floor as the conductor during the core four era, and now he is tasked with ushering in the post core four era. He will be looked upon for leadership on and off the floor and while he did not lead in terms of scoring, Mike did it all tonight finishing with 11 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Grade: B-

Avery Bradley

It is crazy that Bradley was a -6 on the game but he has been the worst +/- player in the league for much of the season. It was not expected for Avery to be amazing his first night on a new team, he has to get into the flow. He was great on defense hounding Jrue Holiday and holding him relatively in check at 15 points on the night. For a team debut, Bradley played just fine.

Grade: B

Other Notes and Grades

CJ Miles played 21 minutes and scored 13 points. The kind of bench guy we have been waiting on possibly? Easy B on the night.

Jaren Jackson got into some foul trouble early (when does he not against NO) but managed to not foul again and finish with 14 points. His rebounding (3) leaves a lot to be desired so he finishes the night with a C+.

It is certainly worth noting that Delon Wright had the highest +/- of the entire game and had 7 points in his 23 minutes of play.