In a basketball game that literally dozens of people were anticipating, the Memphis Grizzlies knocked off a team somehow worse than them in the New York Knicks. It would appear that the cure to what ails you is a game against a team that has won three game in two months - who knew? While Memphis is still bad as a basketball team, the Knicks are worse and have far more incentive to “tank” than the Grizzlies do. Therefore, the 96-84 outcome in favor of the Grizzlies is not too much of a surprise, even with how poorly Memphis has played over the last two months.
We all have Super Bowl parties to get to, so let’s get to the notes from a game that was good to win as the Grizzlies should hope, trades or no trades, to convey their 1st round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft this summer so they can clear their ledger moving forward.
- Mike Conley remains the captain of hearts in Memphis. 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. All this guy does is produce, even in the face of rampant trade rumors. If he indeed is to become a member of the Utah Jazz at some point between now and Thursday, he hopefully knows just how much he means to Grizzlies fans. Not only is he a damn good basketball player, he by all accounts is just a really good person. A consummate pro who represents Memphis very well, if this is indeed his last stretch of games in Beale Street Blue he is going out like the star he is.
- Justin Holiday has figured it out. 19 points, much better activity both on the ball offensively and in scheme defensively...this is the guy the Grizzlies surely thought they were acquiring when they dealt for him earlier this season. With the investment of players and 2nd round picks, one would assume that Justin could be a possible piece of the future in Memphis...hopefully as a reserve player and not a starter. At least he didn’t forget how to play basketball - we have that going for us.
- Marc Gasol continues his tear. Aside from a stinker against the Hornets, Big Spain has also thrived in the wake of being placed on the trading block. Marc’s trade value is a bit more murky that Mike’s, but any team that acquires him is getting someone who will almost certainly be motivated to compete at a high level. Memphis hasn’t been a serious long-term contender for the postseason for two seasons now - Gasol may not be asking for a deal now, as has been reported, but who can blame him if he is a little bit excited at the possibility? 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists...another great game for Marc.
The Grizzlies return home to Memphis for a show down with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is the last game for the Grizzlies before the trade deadline.