It was fight or flight for Sergeant Mike Conley tonight. The Sacramento Kings were about to shut down Grizz Nation’s playoff hopes for the season with a devastating loss at home. A loss wouldn’t put the Grizzlies out of playoff contention necessarily, but it would damage morale. Sure one loss never hurt anybody, except when it’s against the Kings. Losses of that caliber count three times as much as a loss to a team like the Thunder or Spurs.
Four minutes left on the clock, the Grizzles are down 88-81 at the FedEx Forum. The Rudy Gay trade about to blow up on the squad in a symbolistic loss. It was then a thought sparked in Coach David Joerger’s head, like other legends before him. Get a technical!
Borrowing a play out of the DeMarcus Cousins playbook, Joerger got his technical and found his team rejuvenated. The Grizzlies started playing defense like Yogi Bear and a newly found picnic basket. The Kings went 1 for 7 the rest of the way. The Grizzlies ‘bear mode’ would result in a 10-2 run.
Mike Conley: The Jumpball Hero
The Final Play:
Two seconds are left on the clock, the Grizzlies morale on the line. One ball, two jumpers. Rudy Gay and Tayshaun Prince. It’s like a Hollywood movie script over down in Memphis. In a mad scramble who else but Mike Conley comes through with the goods? Mike Conley grabs the ball, the Grizzlies go on to defeat the Kings 91-90, and land their fifth consecutive win of the season. Their longest winning streak of the entire season.
The Memphis Grizzlies now sit at 0.513, and are quickly becoming a thread to the 8th seeded Phoenix Suns and the 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks. If either of these teams slip up for even a week, the Grizzles can quickly gain ground on them. Randolph and Gasol’s Grizzlies are alive baby! The bear has been awakened, and he’s not going back into hibernation.
Important Star Stats:
Zach Randolph – 12 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 Assists
Marc Gasol – 16 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists
Mike Conley – 25 Points, 2 Rebounds, 6 Assists, *Game Winning Play
Rudy Gay – 19 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists
DeMarcus Cousins – 22 Points, 17 Rebounds, 1 Assist
Isaiah Thomas – 14 Points, 3 Rebounds, 9 Assists
Key Role Player:
Courtney Lee – 17 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Assists
NBA Official Box Score