Grizz Paste Maccabi Haifa for First Win

Oct 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos (41) posts up against Haifa center Alex Chubrevich (7) during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat Haifa 116-70. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing like a sacrificial lamb to give your winless team a boost. Maccabi Haifa B.C. is an Israeli powerhouse, but in their NBA preseason power tour they’re 0-3, their latest loss coming courtesy of your Memphis Grizzlies.

This was a great tune-up game for the Grizz, and they took advantage of it, playing every starter (except Prince, a coach’s decision) for at least 20 minutes.

  • Seven Grizzlies scored in double figures: Miller, Randolph, Gasol, Allen, Conley, Bayless, and Koufos.
  • Memphis shot 59.7% from the floor, and 50% from three. They never trailed. (Sure, this was little more than a scrimmage, but we should take good in-game shooting where we can get it.)
  • Mike Miller was back on from distance, hitting 2 of 3.
  • Kosta Koufos notched a double-double with 10 points (5-6) and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • Gasol and Randolph looked particularly good, together dishing 9 assists (many to each other) and netting 28.
  • Tony Allen had NINETEEN! What?

The final score of 116-70 was MHBC’s worst loss yet.

What’s more, the Grizz scored both the Assist of the Night (Marc Gasol) and the Block of the Night (Ed Davis) on NBA.com. I especially love Ed Davis’ semaphore pick-and-roll defense. We love ya, ED.

The Grizzlies’ next preseason opponent is Milwaukee, at 8:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

Topics: Memphis Grizzlies, Preseason

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