I was so happy to see them get this win on TNT! I went to yoga class Wednesday night, and this happens Thursday night. Coincidence? I think not!
The game ended in the second half as the Grizzlies carried a 25 point lead. In garbage time the Knicks bench cut the lead down to what you see as the final score, but this was never close. After Melo departed their offense languished. Mike Bibby looked terrible. Anytime the Knicks brought it into the Grindhouse the Grizzlies forced a turnover. They ripped the ball from the Knicks players hands half the time, blocked, or had them finish at the foul line. There was a spectucular finish by Iman Shumpert in the first half as he was fouled by Pondexter. Harrelson got a little hot from downtown, hitting 2 of 4. But other than that they were contained and Amaré Stoudamire remained frustrated in early foul trouble. The man only had 6 points. Are you kidding me? WELCOME TO THE GRINDHOUSE!!
Grizzlies had many positives to speak about. I really focused on the defense. The game was 75% great defense and 25% great execution on offense. They were a step ahead of the Knicks, who looked relatively slow compared to the OKC Thunder and the young Jazzhands. Each time we swatted a lazy pass in the back court, or turned back an errant drive, the fast break was on and we converted many easy buckets. That's how you build a large home lead my friends! I enjoyed cheering on Josh Selby again tonight. Cunningham also looked particularly focused and relevant out there in this contest.
Week3 has now had 33 games played. Funny results so far are the 6th man role dropping out from Week2. Center has been more pivotal this week. Small forward still dominates by the largest margin = RUDY GAY = WINNING.
Here are your Grizzlies stats from the 4th win! We are likely going to see a team right around .500 this year get into the playoffs as 8th seed so a 0.400 record right now is no problem! Especially having missed Conley, Arthur, and ZBO.
Grizzlies in Game 10:
|Player||eStat||μ = mean difference|
|Mike Conley||-3||μ = -5.333|
|Tony Allen||+3||μ = +1.485|
|Rudy Gay||+12||μ = +5.970|
|Marreese Speights||-4||μ = -5.333|
|Marc Gasol||+8||μ = +5.576|
|6th (OJ Mayo*)||+4||μ = +5.242|