COME ON RUDY!
A 2 point difference between home games against the Thunder with the most significant differences being Mike Conley in and ZBO out. I suppose that is a positive way to look at it. We only gave 2 more points to the Thunder with ZBO out but our offense stayed exactly the same number of production. Now the Grizzlies should have had this win but for our inability to stop Russell Westbrook when it mattered most and the inability for Rudy Gay to play at an elite NBA level. I liked the Grizzlies effort all around other than that.
I finally got my stats to show up on this blog in larger font. Sorry if anyone in the world is actually trying to follow this and read it - much better now. Well, this 3rd week of the NBA is continuing the trend already of small forward dominance, and then last night Kobe went off at shooting guard again so those numbers are high again. 6th man so far is contributing not at all to the wider margin wins this week. The starters are leading the charge so far. In week2 it was the exact opposite. Power Forward is also off to a strong start.
Grizzlies in Game 9:
|Player||eStat||μ = mean difference|
|Mike Conley||-15||μ = -15.176|
|Tony Allen||-4||μ = -8.412|
|Rudy Gay||-6||μ = -10.294|
|Marreese Speights||+4||μ = +1|
|Marc Gasol||+12||μ = +9.529|
|6th (OJ Mayo*)||+2||μ = +3.176|
Interesting to see Speights get the first positive game contribution at power-forward (offensively of course) since ZBO went down. I don't need to tell you who hurt us in this one by showing Conley's and Gay's appalling point disparity with Westbrook and Durant. They torched us. Marc Gasol has been perhaps the only reason we're not at the very bottom of the league right now. Mayo and company have been legit. We are very dependent on our bench right now and this shortened lockout season that is a vital component to success. Now the other starters in minus territory (Conley, Allen, Gay) - gotta get it going. We need easier buckets and better plays.