The Grizzlies swept the season-series in San Antonio for the first time since their move to Memphis, and just the second time in franchise history last night after also defeating the Spurs on Saturday. It was a masterful performance from the Grizzlies whose offense continued to show no rust after missing nearly 2 weeks worth of games due to COVID-19.
The Grizzlies had all 9 players score in double digits, with all 10 players getting in the scoring column. Additionally, they had 37 assists on 52 made baskets while also scoring 62 points in the paint. They also shot 50% from beyond the arc on 30 attempts. It was a well-balanced and dominant performance by the Grizzlies as they extend their winning streak to 7 games.
I could probably stop this report card right here and give everyone an A, but in case that would get me into some trouble, here’s a more in depth report card for the squad.
Tyus Jones- 11 points, 14 assists, 2 steals
Tyus Jones was a maestro with the ball against the Spurs last night with the double-double. It was Jones’ second double-double on the season and he completed the weekend visit to San Antonio with 22 assists and just one turnover. Jones’ efficiency off the bench was a crucial part in the Grizzlies 30-piecing the Spurs.
Xavier Tillman- 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Xavier Tillman continues to create a good problem for the Grizzlies. Tillman continued to fill in nicely for Jonas Valanciunas with the near double-double. X apparently had a rebound taken away after the game due to a stat correction. With his emergence, Jenkins is going to have a good problem figuring out minutes between him, Dieng, and Jonas Valanciunas once he returns to the lineup. X seems to be a continuing trend from this front office with steals in the draft.
Kyle Anderson- 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Kyle balled out against his former team with the near double-double. He has grown more confident this season with the Grizzlies, with him being more aggressive on the offensive end. He finished the night 7-11 from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc. Kyle has been a great defender in his Grizzlies career, and is now turning into a really good offensive threat as well.
De’Anthony Melton- 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Melton’s hot shooting continued in San Antonio as he finished the game shooting 5-9 from beyond the arc last night. It was a career high in 3-point attempts and if his 3-point shooting is sustainable, it’ll be tough to keep him off the floor like he was just 3 games ago against the Phoenix Suns. Mr. Do Something did a little bit of everything last night by picking up 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals to go along with his 17 points.
Gorgui Dieng- 19 points, 9 rebounds
Dieng continues to stay ready when his number is called. Dieng has been overtaken by Xavier Tillman in the normal rotation with a healthy JV, but has stepped up in the games with JV out. Dieng dropped a near triple-double against the Spurs and shot 8-10 from the field and 3-3 from beyond the arc.
Brandon Clarke (A)- Brandon Clarke continues to succeed in the starting 4-spot with JJJ out. Clarke dropped a highly efficient 18 points, 6 rebound performance on 7-10 shooting. Clarke also picked up 2 blocks and a steal on the night, proving his worth on the defensive end. His passing has also improved immensely from last season. 2 assists isn’t anything to write home about but he’s looking to pass the ball more and it’s creating more opportunities for the squad, even if it doesn’t directly correlate to a Clarke assist.
Ja Morant (A)- It has to be a dominating effort if Ja Morant is just mentioned in the “quick grades” segment of the report card. Morant played just 22 minutes as the Grizzlies dominated, scoring 13 points and notching 8 assists in the Grizzlies win. He (and Grizzlies fans) made it through an injury scare at the end of the 3rd, which is a win in and of itself.
Dillon Brooks (C)- Dillon dropped in 13 points but on an inefficient 4-12 shooting from the field. Dillon was able to continue to frustrate DeMar DeRozan, holding him to a difficult 14 points. Dillon will need to pick up the efficiency on the offensive end, but his hustle and effort continues to provide value that doesn’t show up in the box score.
Desmond Bane (B)- Bane continues to be a fantastic selection by the Grizzlies in the draft, as he scored 10 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 2-5 from beyond the arc. Bane has remained consistent as a shooter and has grown as a defender and passer in his young career.
John Konchar (B)- As mayor of “John Konchar Island,” I am lawfully required to not leave him out of this report card. Konchar dropped 5 points and 5 assists for the Grizzlies in the win. Konchar was in his bag against the Spurs with the chase down block on Patty Mills and the put-back slam off the Jones miss.
Simply, it was a great win for the Grizzlies who forced Pop to empty his bench with about 5 minutes left in the game. The Grizzlies showed no rust from their COVID-19 break and dominant against a team that is well-coached and has good talent. Plenty of good grades come from when you beat solid teams!