|Zach Randolph, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +5
ZBo fell just short of another double-double, but the fact that he tallied 4 blocks is the equivalent of him having a 25-15 game. Good all-around game for the lefty.
|Tayshaun Prince, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +9
If you only pay attention to numbers, you’ll think Tay was slaw. If you watched the game, you’ll know that he hounded Rudy Gay all night long and took enough shots to keep the defense honest.
|Marc Gasol, C Shot Chart 31 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +6
WENDIGO is back. That is all.
|Mike Conley, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +7
Growth. Maturity. Confidence. Leadership. Mike Conley is becoming the player people hoped he would be when he was selected #4 overall in 2007 — and he’s started surpassing a lot of those expectations. The best news is that he’s just going to keep improving.
|Courtney Lee, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +10
The newest addition just keeps on keeping on. A shaky night from the perimeter, but he found other ways to contribute, including playing good defense.
|James Johnson, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -8
That dunk. No, seriously. THAT DUNK.
|Ed Davis, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4
A quiet game for Boss Davis, as he faced some bad matchups with the beefier frontcourt that Sacto throws out there, but he didn’t shy away from the challenge.
|Mike Miller, SF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10
I’m not gonna harp on Mike, but his decline in play has been noticeable as of late. Probably needs a few games off, so the break after Monday will be helpful.
|Kosta Koufos, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Not a bad game, not a good game — just serviceable tonight.
|Nick Calathes, SG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -5
The surprise star of the bench unit in the first half, Calathes had 15 very productive minutes that should have bolstered his confidence.
I’d give Joerger an A for some interesting lineups (Conley AND Calathes?!?) and getting a tech that spurred the team on to a 10-0 run, but his wardrobe tonight demands that I knock him down a little.
Five Things We Saw
- Mike Conley has become The Closer on this team. He isn’t going to demand the ball be in his hands for a shot every single possession in the last minutes of the game, but you had better believe that his teammates know that good things happen when he’s allowed to create.
- Marc Gasol could very well win another Defensive Player of the Year award. He played smart, solid defense all night long, resulting in 4 blocks and countless deflections and altered shot attempts.
- Nick Calathes cares not for your booing — but he will not be broken by it. Good job by Nick shrugging off the haters and having a good outing. Nice to see the fans and his teammates support him.
- Rudy Gay might be efficient everywhere else, but it’s just not gonna happen for him in the friendly confines of the FedExForum. Oh, and I called it, too.
- Boogie Cousins is the most bipolar basketball player I’ve seen since Bison Dele. He’s also an immense talent, so I hope he’s able to get it all figured out. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy seeing Marc and Zach keep him in his place.