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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.