Wayne Ellington just hit another three-pointer.
The Memphis Grizzlies rolled into Sacramento on Monday night after a comfortable win on Sunday night in Phoenix. Although the Sacramento game began back-and-forth, the Grizzlies eventually wore the Kings down and blew it open in the second half.
The main culprit for the huge second half was Ellington, the fourth year reserve guard from North Carolina. Ellington had spent the first three seasons of his career with the Timberwolves, and up-and-down doesn’t even really begin to describe it. He barely played in Minnesota last season and he saw himself become part of an overcrowded backcourt.
When the Grizzlies traded Dante Cunningham for him, it was a great example of an “apples for oranges” trade. The T’wolves had too many apples and the Grizzlies too many oranges. But Ellington was going to finally get the chance to play major minutes because he was a proven commodity and Lionel Hollins hates Josh Selby. Well, probably. I don’t know. It just seems that way.
Ellington’s coming out party happened in the Grizzlies’ game on Sunday, November 11 against the defending World Champion Miami Heat at FedEx Forum and since then he’s been a relatively steady contributor for a team sorely needing some offensive punch off of the bench.
Monday night was no different. Ellington poured in 26 points on 10-11 shooting from the field and a blistering 6-7 from the three-point line. He even had 4 assists for good measure. His +/-, if you’re into that type of thing, was a +25. That’s not bad.
Not to be outdone, Zach Randolph chipped in with 17 points and Mike Conley Jr. had 15 of his own.
The Kings entered the game playing their best basketball of the season, and mostly due to Demarcus Cousins’ contributions, but Cousins was held to 10 points on 3-9 shooting. John Salmons played a good game, but other than him it was all Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies finish their west coast swing on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors.