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Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports


Post Game Stats:

17,391 tonight’s attendance- Grizzlies averaging 91.3% capacity with 16,548/game
54- Grizzlies points in the paint
36- Blazers points in the paint
20- Grizzlies Fastbreak Points
12- Blazers Fastbreak Points
5- Grizzlies second chance points
19- Blazers second chance points
4- Quarters the Grizzlies shot 50% or better in
9- Assists for Nick Calathes, career high, and only 1 turnover
133.6- Grizzlies 2nd quarter offensive rating (32 pts scored on 12/19 FG)
106.0- Grizzlies 2nd quarter defensive rating (24 pts surrendered on 10/21 FG)
79- Points for the Grizzlies starters
77- Points for the Blazers starters
19- Combined number of turnovers in the game
91.24- PACE of the game, Grizzlies are 92.27 on the season
3- Game Winning Streak for the Grizzlies & Losing Streak for Trail Blazers
7- Game home winning streak for the Grizzlies
13.3- Margin of Victory in the 3-game winning streak, 4th in the NBA
16.7- Average fouls per game committed by the Grizzlies in the past 3 games, lowest in league
45- Grizzlies post All-Star Break 3 point FG percentage, best in the NBA
5.1- Net Rating (Off rtf – Def rtg) post All-Star Break, 8th in the NBA (Blazers are 5th in the NBA)
12- Games the Grizzlies have won when Mike Miller scores double digits (12-6 on the season)
60- Mike Miller’s 3P% since the All-Star Break, best in the league among players with 15+ 3PA
13- Courtney Lee’s third quarter points (Grizzlies scored 24 in the quarter)

Post Game Audio:
Coach Joerger Post-game
Courtney Lee
Tony Allen

My Takeaways:
#1: 
Grizzlies played the aggressor from the beginning and took it right at Lopez & Aldridge. Gasol had 10 first quarter points and ended the game with 19. This is now 10 straight games Gasol has scored in double figures. The Grizzlies are 7-3 in those games. 8 of which were against current playoff teams.
#2: This marks the 5th consecutive win where ZBO, Conley & Gasol all scored in double figures. This season in Grizzlies wins, these three are averaging 18.6, 16.7 and 13.9 ppg respectively and are a combined +17. When these 3 are all playing at a high level, this team is tough to beat. Only 2 losses have come when all three of these guys scored in double figures and that was at Charlotte and against the Pelicans at home. Both games were lost by 3 points.
#3: Coach Joerger shortened his rotation to 9 guys tonight against the Blazers. After the game he said it was because he didn’t see a matchup he liked for Jon Leuer. Playing a playoff team, one with multiple scoring weapons on the perimeter didn’t demand or call for additional help inside. Marc, ZBO & Koufos handled themselves well, even though they gave up 16 offensive rebounds. Portland missed 20 shots in the paint, however and were 6/12 on second chance opportunities.
#4: The Grizzlies are now percentage points ahead of Dallas for the 7th spot. Dallas and Phoenix both have one more loss than the Grizzlies do. A 3-0 road trip would help the Grizzlies maintain that advantage over Dallas and Phoenix and keep them in the driver’s seat for the higher seed, 6th being the optimal one.
#5: Tayshaun Prince had a sneaky good game. He was 4-6 from the field for 9 points and played solid defense. He has put up some goose eggs, but for the 20min or so a game he is playing, he hasn’t done more harm than good. His leadership off the court from the bench is valuable as well.

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