Winning streaks are nice, aren’t they?
Sure, every win could cost us the first rounder we owe Boston this year, but who doesn’t feel better when their team has just claimed a W? For me at least, it was an impressive win given how many Grizzlies were inactive tonight. The big name of the inactives was of course Big Spain himself.
As trade rumors fill the air much like the Wisconsin blizzard I endured today, Marc Gasol sat out tonight’s home game against the Wolves. All day Grizzlies fans held their collective breaths while constantly refreshing their Twitter feeds, searching for a Woj or Shams bomb.
Memphis will sit Marc Gasol out tonight. The Grizzlies and Hornets are still discussing framework of deal, including matching the salary necessary to meet Gasol's $24.1M contract, sources said. https://t.co/cgnqxmzM2w— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2019
But enough about trade rumors. We had a game!
Jaren Jackson Jr. : A-
Everyone’s favorite rookie from Michigan State had himself a game, dropping a cool 23 points and 6 rebounds while acting as Memphis’ best big man. Playing on a night with so many Grizzlies sitting out, Memphis had to rely on their available players to really show out and Jaren didn’t disappoint. Overall he shot pretty well from all over the floor and stayed out of enough foul trouble in order to handle 37 minutes of playing time. A big game from the big man when Memphis needed him most.
Ivan Rabb: A
Hey look at that, when given the opportunity, Rabb had a career night. With Memphis painfully short on big men, Bickerstaff was forced to turn to Ivan for production, whom he’s been reluctant to give big minutes to.
If the Grizzlies really are interested in moving into the future with younger players, then guys like Rabb have to get more chances than he has been. Does that mean Rabb should be regularly getting 30 min a night? Not likely, but Memphis won’t know what they really have with Rabb if they aren’t willing to give him the opportunity to show his skills.
Mike Conley: A
Playing without his brother/running mate Marc in what could be his final home game, Mike gave us a vintage performance that reminded us all how talented our Conductor really is. It always seemed like Conley was there to make a play whenever Memphis needed it, pouring on 25 points and 9 assists. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself in case Conley sticks around, but in what could have been his final home performance for the Memphis faithful, he reminded us how very special he truly is and how lucky we have been to have him all these years.
No matter what happens over the next few days for Memphis, this was an impressive showing from the Grizz and we should be proud of the effort these guys put into this game.