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Sacramento Kings 96 Final

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113 Memphis Grizzlies
Rudy Gay, SF 10-16 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | +21With Z-Bo out, it was Rudy’s team once again, and he showed off the skills we saw through most of the first half of last season, doing a little bit of everything and serving as the primary scorer for the bulk of the game. Good to see the “old” Rudy back out there.
Dante Cunningham, F 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -11Asked to start in Randolph’s place, Cunningham got into some early foul trouble which limited his minutes, but he served admirably in the playing time he did get. Needs to work on his court awareness still, but isn’t a detriment at all.
Marc Gasol, C 7-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +28The Spaniard knew that he’d have his hands full as the only true big man on the active roster, but he comported himself with aplomb all night long. He grabbed a game-high 15 boards and played an all-around great game.
Tony Allen, SG 5-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +12The poster child for Grit & Grind, #9 was everywhere at once tonight. He forced turnovers and ran the floor, outpacing the opposing defense in transition more than once. Now, if we could just get him to stop padding his offensive rebounding numbers by getting him to hit layups on the first attempt.
Jeremy Pargo, PG 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -8Pargo was somewhat overshadowed by the return of Mike Conley, but he played a solid game, although he had more trouble with Tyreke Evans than other opponents have given him.
Sam Young, SF 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +28My pick for the star of the game. Young was an integral part of last year’s playoff team, but had been relegated to being a marginal bench player throughout this year. Pressed into required service tonight with all of the injuries, Young showed that he was still a capable scorer and all-around solid player.
Mike Conley, PG 5-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 14 PTS | +2714 points, 7 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 3PTM, 5-8 FG, 3-3 FT in 23 minutes of play. I think that says it all. Good to have you back Mike.
O.J. Mayo, SG 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +916 points in 20 minutes. THAT’S what we want from you O.J.! Doing it on 8-11 shooting is just icing on the cake.

Stats to note:
+8 rebounding margin
+7 assists margin
+26 points in the paint margin
+8 fastbreak points margin
.549 FG%

The Grizzlies played solid, fundamental, team defense and were patient on offense, rarely forcing the issue with one-on-one play. They returned to the style of play that made them successful last year. If they continue to play like this when everyone gets healthy, they’ll prove themselves worthy of all of the preseason hype they were showered with. It was a good win over a team they should have beaten. We’ll see if that carries over in tomorrow night’s game against Minnesota.

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2 Responses to Grizzlies Roll Over Kings, 113-96

  1. stevedNo Gravatar says:

    Great what a little bit of facing a poor defensive team does for the Grizzlies confidence. The difference between Chicago and the Kings’ defence is absolutely laughable.

  2. JBLNo Gravatar says:

    I like this way of evaluating the game. Good job… Good Grizz win.

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