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Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies beat the Thunder

The Grizzlies managed to bounce back and get a win over Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Though Memphis is in the middle of a snow storm, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to silence the Thunder...the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ok I’m sorry.

The Grizzlies needed a win in last night’s game after a thrashing on Tuesday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. They responded well, as they played with great pace and activity on both sides of the ball.

We got some big nights and nice statistical explosions from the good guys, so this should make for easy grading.

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Kyle Anderson: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, +15 in 26 minutes (A+)

Wow, another spectacular game from Kyle Anderson.

He got into a flow offensively and continues putting pressure on the defense as a scorer with his outside shot, driving to the basketball, and getting out in transition. He’s also continued to find his teammates as a solid secondary playmaker from the 4 spot.

Where his impact was felt the heaviest was defensively, as he generated 5 steals (all in the 1st half). His switchability and long wingspan allows him to get into passing lanes and get the transition offense started.

Kyle Anderson has been the Grizzlies’ best story this season.

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Grayson Allen: 22 points, 6-10 from 3, 3 assists in 32 minutes (A)

Grayson Allen continues to light it up from distance.

At the beginning of the season, it seemed apparent that he couldn’t find his rhythm in the starting lineup and convert on offensive against starter-level defenses. However, he’s finding his groove, regardless of the role.

Allen tied his career-high with 6 three-pointers tonight, and has now hit multiple 3’s in 10 straight games — the only players with longer streaks in franchise history are Jaren Jackson Jr. and Mike Miller.

He’s also doing a good job of putting the ball on the ground to make a simple play for his teammates, as he tallied 3 assists last night.

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Ja Morant: 15 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists in 35 minutes (B+)

It wasn’t the best shooting night for Morant, as the second-year guard only converted 4 of his 14 shot attempts. However, it didn’t matter, as he found other ways to impact the game beyond scoring and helped the team pick up the win.

It was truly a marvelous night for him as a playmaker and community rebounder, highlighting his upside from the lead guard spot. When he’s active on the glass, it allows for the offense to attack in transition before the defense gets set up.

Also, we got to experience a highlight, when he crossed up NBA Twitter’s favorite defensive specialist Lu Dort:

Other Grades

  • Jonas Valanciunas (A-): Another double-double for Valanciunas, like clockwork. He was a force on the glass, and it still feels like he could’ve put up even better numbers with the thin frontline of OKC.
  • Brandon Clarke (A): Clarke looked like the one we saw in his rookie season, as he was all over the place on both sides of the ball. And he hit 2 3’s!
  • Xavier Tillman (B-): Tillman’s looked more like a rookie recently than the veteran he appeared to be before the hiatus. However, he still managed to show flashes of his upside with his defensive switching and his efficient offense.
  • Tyus Jones (C+): Tyus Jones struggled as he only had 4 assists and 0 points. However, he was a +13 and helped weather the storm while Ja was out early in the 4th quarter.
  • John Konchar (D-): Aside from a good drive and a jump-ball, it was not a jitty game from Konch.
  • Sean McDermott (B-): He didn’t do anything to harm the Grizzlies on the floor, as he was a +8 on the floor. He was active on both sides of the ball and looked ready for kick-outs to the corner.

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