|Rudy Gay, SF 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -13
Good game, but not the great one that was needed from him tonight. Could have been more active on the boards, played better defense on Barnes, and driven more, instead of settling for so many jumpers. One free throw attempt is unacceptable for a player with this much talent and athleticism.
|Dante Cunningham, F 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +8
Meh. That’s all I have to say.
|Marc Gasol, C 44 MIN | 0-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 2 PTS | -7
Played solid defense on Andrew Bynum, who had been setting the world on fire since coming back from his suspension. Just couldn’t get his shot to fall tonight.
|Tony Allen, SG 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5
Early foul trouble derailed TA in this game, making him largely ineffective unfortunately.
|Mike Conley, PG 38 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 11 PTS | -7
After how well he played against the Lakers last year, I was hoping for big things out of Conley in this game. He was solid, but never really looked to try and take over, settling for being a facilitator throughout the game. More aggressiveness probably would have paid off.
|Quincy Pondexter, SF 18 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +7
One of the bright spots in this game, not only was he very efficient in his scoring, but he played the best defense on Kobe Bryant in this contest, in my opinion at least. More games like this should result in more playing time for Pondexter.
|Marreese Speights, C 29 MIN | 8-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -10
Another positive from this game was the play of newcomer Speights. He was active on both ends of the floor and looked like he belonged out there. If he can improve upon this performance, he’ll have a home here in Memphis.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -5
His final numbers look good, but he hit a couple of garbage buckets at the end of the game that didn’t mean much other than boosting his point total. Some disappointing decision-making in this game from O.J., not the least of which was taking deep perimeter shots early in the shot clock more than once.
Stats to Note:
5/10 Free Throws (Grizzlies)
14/21 Free Throws (Lakers)
+14 Points in the Paint
+21 Fastbreak Points
18 Steals (Not a typo)
-19 Rebounding deficit
9 Turnovers (27 Forced)
The Grizzlies dominated nearly every stat (or at worst was even) except for Rebounds and Free Throw Attempts. They simply were not aggressive enough in going at their defenders to force fouls or in crashing the boards.