This Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors match-up was a lot better than expected, considering the home team was missing almost half of its roster, and the away team had essentially its full roster. The Warriors fans were in full force, but that was expected. The Grizzlies gave a lot of fight, as we all hoped would occur, but the duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant proved to be too much to handle.
The first half was a nice back-and-forth exhibition, as Jonas Valanciunas was slicing the defense, and the Grizzlies found their outside touch. They managed to keep it close the entire game, but they were simply outmanned.
How did each Grizzly fare in last night’s game?
- Delon Wright (D)
Wright did nothing worthwhile in this game, as it was arguably his worst game as a Grizzly. He couldn’t finish inside and struggled to create any opportunities for others. Though he had 3 steals, his offense was too putrid to give him a decent grade here.
- Ivan Rabb (C-)
This game amplified Rabb’s shortcomings. He’s simply too thin to play the 5 position, as he got bullied inside on the glass against the Golden State big men. As a result, he wasn’t impactful on the glass, which is a surprise given his rebounding abilities. This summer, he desperately needs to bulk up and develop an outside game — for when he’s facing a size mismatch in the post offensively.
- Chandler Parsons (B+)
Parsons couldn’t really take anyone off the dribble, but I didn't expect anything more. However, his 13 points and 5 rebounds off the bench were nice for the Grizzlies, continuing to string along good double-digit performances. He’s found his outside touch, and he’s also finding scoring opportunities off cuts and off the dribble. With one year remaining on his contract, I hope Chandler can stay healthy and continue this level of play.
- Tyler Dorsey (C+)
Dorsey didn’t take my breathe away in this game, but I liked what I saw from him. This was my first time seeing him in person play an extended role, and though it wasn’t his best game, there’s still a lot to like. His shot wasn’t falling, but he has a quick trigger and a nice shooting stroke. He’s a good rebounder for his size, and I feel like he could be a better defender in more favorable matchups — ones that aren’t either Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, or Kevin Durant.
- Justin Holiday (B+)
Holiday has gotten a lot of shade from some Grizz fans for his lack of production and for the fact that they gave up 2 second round picks for him. However, he’s strung together some nice performances. Last night, he had 9 points and 5 steals, and he also hit three 3-pointer’s — including a deep 1st quarter buzzer-beater. This game highlighted his 3-and-D skill, looking the part of a bench player a contender would target this summer.
- Bruno Caboclo (A)
After a career-high in points against Oklahoma City on Monday, Caboclo followed it up with his first double-double, totaling 17 points and 12 rebounds. He’s found more ways to score aside from just hoisting up a catch-and-shoot 3, creating scoring opportunities off the dribble and attacking the paint. If he can continue building his overall skillset to pair with his 3-point shooting and defensive potential, Caboclo could be a diamond in the rough for a Memphis team looking for future complementary pieces next to Jaren Jackson Jr.
- Jonas Valanciunas (A)
The first quarter belonged to Valanciunas, as he simply cooked the Warriors big men by scoring 14 easy points. For the remainder of the game though, the Warriors adjusted, put Draymond Green on him, and started double-teaming him in the post. His shooting numbers were inefficient by game’s end, connecting on 12 of his 25 field goal attempts. However, whenever you can get a 27-point and 13-rebound performance, you can’t give it a harsh grade.
- Mike Conley (A+)
This game wasn’t a vintage Mike Conley performance, but he accomplished we’ll remember for quite sometime. After a second-quarter corner-3, Conley passed Marc Gasol to become the Grizzlies’ all-time leading scorer. With this season’s chaos, heart-wrenching trade, injuries to young players, and the stress of Memphis’ owed pick to Boston, seeing Conley set this milestone is really freaking cool and puts a smile on our face.
Cherish these last few games with Conley. This might be the last time we ever see him wearing Beale Street Blue.