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Grizzlies Stay Atop the Food Chain

Memphis Grizzlies 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Charlotte Bobcats
Jeffery Taylor, SF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Limited minutes tonight for the rookie starter. Not much to show for his time on the floor.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 22 MIN | 3-4 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +1

MKG played pretty solid defense on Rudy game for much of the night. He also did work on the boards and got to the line an astounding ten times in only 22 minutes of run. Finished a dunk in transition that really got the crowd going.

Brendan Haywood, C 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -15

Forced a few shots and had a few go down as well. So pretty much a repeat of the first seven games of the season.

Byron Mullens, C 34 MIN | 7-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -4

Settled for too many jump shots (more on this to come). Rebounded well, however, and hit on 50% of his shots from beyond the arc.

Kemba Walker, PG 42 MIN | 6-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -5

A lot of minutes for Kemba as he was matched up against Mike Conley for much of the game. Not an efficient night from the field for him either, though he distributed the ball well and got to the line six times. Great energy throughout the game as he was unquestionably the emotional leader for the Bobcats tonight.

Bismack Biyombo, PF 26 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +5

Possibly Biyombo’s biggest problem on offense is he decides whether he’s going to shoot or not before he even gets the ball in his hands. Therefore, he has a very difficult time reacting to the defense and subsequently forces a bad shot (which happened more often tonight) or simply looks to get the ball back out of his hands. Decent rebounding numbers but still not the kind of impact you look for given his ineffectiveness on offense.

Hakim Warrick, PF 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +3

Nice premier for Warrick in a Bobcats uniform. Very active as evidenced by his 6 free-throw attempts in just ten minutes.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 15 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Tough game for Tyrus that ended in injury, as he left the game in the 3rd quarter with a reported calf strain. No word yet regarding how much time he may miss.

Ramon Sessions, PG 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | 0

Another solid effort from Sessions, who consistently provides a punch off the bench while at the same time serving as a real calming influence for the team.

Ben Gordon, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Hit on a few threes but failed to get to the line in his first night back with the team after missing the past two games due to a family issue.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Tougher competition, tougher to score. The Bobcats struggled offensively, shooting just 37.6% for the night. Not a surprise, as the Grizzles are a very good defensive unit. More specifically, the Bobcat bigs had a hard time manufacturing baskets versus the likes of Gasol and Randolph, combining for 12–39 from the floor.
  2. Mullens settled for too many jump shots. The Bobcats elected to run their offense through Mullens for much of the night, with his teammates entering the ball to him Dirk-style at the elbow/extended area. However, instead of keeping his defender guessing he too often settled for mid-range jumpers and fadeaways. When he decided to take it to the basket he showed enough explosiveness to beat his man to the basket – further evidence he needs to do it more regularly.
  3. Bobcats never quit. The Grizzles held a double-digit lead for the majority of the night. But to their credit, the Bobcats never let the lead get out of sight and continuously fought to get the deficit back to single digits. The Bobcats saved their best run for last, though it eventually came up short.
  4. Warrick makes his debut. And just in time given the Thomas injury. He’ll more than likely see increased minutes should Thomas miss time.
  5. Welcome back, Ben Gordon – we hope everything with the family is OK.

8 comments to Grizzlies Stay Atop the Food Chain

  • SirGladiator

    It was the Byron Mullens show tonight, and it was not a happy episode. At one point in the second half, he had literally taken more shots than all 4 other starters COMBINED, all while making less than 1 in 3 at the time. Thats a pretty good reason for being down double digits, you don’t even have to look at other factors when that one alone is doing so much obvious damage. I like that Mullens has overall improved his game a lot, and it sure makes sense to give him plenty of chances, but tonight they just went insane. We’ve got way too many good players for any one of them to be taking that many shots, especially when they’re that cold. Naturally if he was on fire it would’ve made sense, but since he was the opposite of that they should’ve gone to somebody else, Sessions would’ve been my first choice, when things are going wrong he makes them right by driving and drawing a foul or getting a nice easy layup. Or we could’ve gone to BG, he was super fresh after having a couple games off, he could’ve taken up the mantle of leading scorer for the game. But when you’re going to a guy who’s having a bad night, and you’re going to him over and over again, when there are such awesome alternatives available, its just crazy. I love our new coach, but gotta put tonight’s loss on him, he should’ve gone to somebody else much earlier than he finally did. Its a learning experience, he’s still super awesome, he’s gotten us to where we are, and he’s going to get us to the Playoffs, hopefully this year, but if not then definitely next year. Hopefully next time we’ll either share the ball more from the get-go, or at least change the go-to guy a lot quicker when it becomes obvious that he’s having a bad night and cant get it done.

  • charlottean

    How did ben gordon get a B?

    Dude came in the game at one point and killed 4 possessions in a row and committed 2 fouls on converted fg’s. Dude was HORRIBLE tonight.

    Look, mullens, biyombo, and walker are going to look bad a lot. But we have to invest in their talent. While they all looked bad early, they were all a huge part of the late game comeback. Just because we started 4-3 doesn’t mean we start playing for today and bailing on tomorrow larry brown style. Mullens needs to be taking those shots every night. Eventually they will become automatic. They aren’t bad shots (mostly). I thought he went to the bucket more tonight than he ever has. Biyombo had a huge block, steal and a few boards where he took the rebound away from gasol or randolph all in a stretch during our surge.

    That, and the block kemba had that was called a foul was atrocious. I believe that was kemba, maybe mkg.

    Great game all in all when you lose by 7 to a team that has been dominating elite teams. We had a ton of shots that went in and out. A ton of layups that rolled off. And if i am not mistaken, we left a lot of points at the line. All in all, we played them very well. A few calls, or a few shots, or ben gordon taking the night off and we probably pull this one off.

    Patience with the youngns. We have at least 3-5 years before they enter their prime. Look at memphis as another team to model after. They have an eerily similar make up 1-5 to our youngns. And they invested the time and money to keep them together. Looks like it’s paying off this year.

  • 4aseer

    25 points off turnovers whoa, the way the grizzly bears defend the passing lanes they will not lose much this year so it was a spectacular effort from the Cats, they just have to learn how to pass. Bismack, just dunk it homie.

  • 4aseer

    i think if bismack gets a handle and two go to shots then he is gonna be epic, anyway you gotta be thinking that as this team continues to develop that we will begin putting games like that in the bag.

  • Spencer/SDS

    agree with u charlotten, plus the Grizzlies wen 30 for 34, 30 for 34, nearly 90% free throw shooting as a team, u don’t see that too often, even in the NBA especially with how it wasn’t just one grizzlie making those free throws, multiple players for them had over 5 free throws tonight and the most any of them missed was 1..

    Mullens, keep on taking those shots, even thou he wasn’t hot, he was taking open shots, don’t run games through Sessions as Gladiator said, not a good move for the future, i think to many fans are getting wiled up by a so far good season, we are still far from playoff winning, or doing anything in the playoffs, so let the younger guys who will be building blocks for years to come take those shots, a.k.a Mullens who at 7 ft with those dirk esc skills could be a dominate force-u can’t get better if you don’t practice, right now this season should be considered practice for this young team, nothing more…

  • Question: when did Hakeem Warrick join the Bobcats and how did he? Was he traded or was he waived by the Hornets and then picked up by the Cats?

  • Tank

    yea carroll was traded to NO for warrick

  • 4aseer

    hornets drafted davis leaving them deep at the position, so they traded him, looks like an excellent move at this point