Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, at least kind of
Gasol continues to be too selfless for his own good and his reluctance to look for his own shot is really hurting the Grizz. Even so, he showed why he was so deserving of this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award with two blocks and a game-high 11 defensive rebounds.
Randolph, on the other hand, continues to struggle offensively. But his game-high 18 rebounds was huge and his 3-5, 8 point shooting performance in the fourth quarter can serve as a silver lining.
Jerryd Bayless and Quincy Pondexter
These two completely revitalized the Grizzlies’ offense early in the fourth quarter and proved crucial in their comeback. Bayless’ penetration and Pondexter’s ability to keep a defense honest gave Randolph the room he needed to finally find a rhythm.
It’s a sample size, but it looks like Lionel Hollins may have found his go-to offensive lineup moving forward.
Any time a team can battle back from as much as an 18 point deficit with two minutes remaining in the third quarter to force overtime it deserves to be commended.
While a loss is still a loss, it’s hard not to get the feeling that the Grizz rediscovered their identity in the final 17 minutes of this game. Look for them to come out full-force in game three. Grit-and-grind basketball at it’s best.
Rotating on defense
The Grizzlies did a better job of limiting Tony Parker’s ability to find his own shot early, I’ll give them that. But letting him drop 18 assists on the defense? It’s not laziness, it’s just an inability to recover and to make the smart defensive rotation.
Chasing shooters off the three point line
Memphis ranked second in limiting opponents three point percentage, but if someone didn’t know any better you’d be hard-pressed trying to convince them otherwise.
Yes, forcing 9-25 from three was an improvement from the 14-29 clinic put on in game one. But c’mon Grizz.
If you saw the game you know exactly what I’m talking about. Phantom calls and expletive provoking non-calls, it was just one of those nights.
The Grizzlies finished plus-14 on the glass with 19 offensive rebounds and typically an extra 14 shot attempts is a daunting edge for any opponent to overcome. But not when you shoot 33-97 from the field for 34 percent.
And please, someone tell Tony Allen (2-11) and Tayshaun Prince (1-5) to stop shooting.