Player Grades: Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans
For the second time on the young season the Memphis Grizzlies captured an overtime win at home following a loss on the road.
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to be unpredictable on the young season. They finally started a game off hot, but they were unable to continue that momentum. They held the Pelicans to point totals of 13 and 11 in two different quarters but were unable to break double digits in the fourth quarter, scoring just nine points.
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Zach Randolph: C. ZBo struggled to get the ball in the hoop but he did not struggle on getting shots up. Which is exactly what Coach Fizdale wants. The goal is for him to anchor a bench unit that lacks punch and if nothing is there he is going to have to take tough shots. Last night, the bench unit had no punch and put Zach in bad positions the entire game. This forced him into taking some tough looks over solid defenders.
Jarell Martin: A+. This is mainly because he was mixing it up out there. He can play Center if necessary and he can slide all around the frontcourt. I love the idea of him being a versatile player for the Grizz.
Vince Carter: C. Vince did Vince things with no baskets. Not a great performance but a very solid performance.
Wade Baldwin: C. Solid work but man can you tell that Baldwin is a rookie on the defensive end. Example: up 1 in the fourth quarter he left Buddy Hield to double team Terrance Jones, who was locked up by Marc Gasol. That lead to an open three and a Pelicans lead. He is a hair slow on rotations (as expected). He played solidly on offense and made some excellent passes out of the high pick and roll to shooters on the perimeter. Overall, Baldwin had a solid performance. I am very excited about his progression this season.
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