Coming off a tough comeback win over Phoenix the night before, the Grizzlies were always in for a tough battle against a well-rounded Clippers team bound for the playoffs. Los Angeles has gained a reputation as a tough, well-rounded team capable of hanging with anyone despite lacking a true superstar, a rarity in today’s NBA.
A battle is what they got as they lost to the hated Clips 113-96 while losing Jonas Valanciunas to an ankle injury in the process.
Let’s see how the Grizzlies who survived the game fared:
Delon Wright: B+
Wright has continued to play well as Memphis’ starting point guard in Mike Conley’s absence. Capable of leading the team either as a scorer or a facilitator, the starting role has allowed Delon to showcase the talent that led to Memphis acquiring him as part of the Gasol trade.
His 20 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds led the team in all three categories. While his age (27) might not make him a building block of a long-term rebuild, but Memphis should be comfortable in extending him and running the point for the next few years should they decide to move on from Mike Conley.
Tyler Dorsey: B
While Mr. March didn’t play quite as well as his performances against OKC and Orlando, he shot the ball well for a short-handed Grizzlies squad, and that’s good enough to earn a solid grade in my book. The lingering fact that Memphis acquired Dorsey in exchange for the ghost of Shelvin Mack is always worth a couple bonus points as well.
Chandler Parsons: B-
Parsons was one of only three Grizzlies to score in double figures (see above two). He has had more than a few good performances for Memphis since returning from his extended absence. He takes smart shots and is careful with the ball, only recording more than two turnovers once in the 16 games since his return to the team. While he might be grossly overpaid to be one, he has become a solid, if unspectacular role player for Memphis, and that may be the best we can hope for.
Tune in this Wednesday as the Memphis Grizzlies look to rebound against the Portland Trail Blazers.