Can Grizz rally to prove last year was real
C Hamed Haddadi, the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA, was re-signed by the Grizzlies, as expected. The 7-2, 265-pound Haddadi averaged 2.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.42 blocks in 5.4 minutes in 31 games last season. He has NBA career averages of 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.45 blocks in 6.1 minutes in 86 contests over three seasons in Memphis. He led Iran to an 8-1 record at the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship in Wuhan, China, averaging 15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.89 blocks in 26.3 minutes with six double-doubles in nine games during the 2011 tournament.
G Mike Conley, who re-sprained his left ankle in the Grizzlies’ home opener against the Thunder, is hoping he’ll be well enough to play later this week.
Memphis is at home on Tuesday against the Kings, at Minnesota on Wednesday and at Utah on Friday. During Sunday’s morning shootaround in Chicago and in pregame, he tested the ankle and announced that the ankle is healing.
“I’m going to try to get some more rest for it and get it stronger with a couple of extra days of rehab before I get back on the court,” said Conley, who has missed the last two games. “I was pretty scared when I hurt it (vs. the Thunder). It had been hurting before the game, but I didn’t expect it to happen in the opening seconds. It surprised me.”
Because of the lockout-shortened season, the Grizzlies will play every two days now through February. They won’t get any extended break until Feb. 22-28. “It’s going to be a test of everyone’s mental toughness, of their will and character,” coach Lionel Hollins said.
Another game, another injury for the Grizzlies. F Zach Randolph had played just 11:04 when he was able from the court in the second quarter after a collision with teammate O.J. Mayo.
Mayo was attacking the goal on a drive from the left when he was knocked off-balance in mid-air. On his landing, he crashed into Randolph, who was fighting for a rebound.
There was finally a G Sam Young sighting. Young, who bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season, fell in disfavor with the Grizzlies coaching staff this year.
After playing just three minutes in the last two games, Young had 10 points and 4 rebounds at Chicago. Since Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins waved the white flag early vs. the Bulls (“It was embarrassing,” Hollins said of the performance), Young played just more than 18 minutes.
F Josh Davis had his most points in an NBA game since 2004 when he scored 10 points. He also had 6 rebounds. Davis, a free agent, signed with the Grizzlies after spending the last five years playing internationally. Before that, he had played 52 games for five NBA teams (Hawks, 76ers, Bucks, Rockets and Suns in parts of three seasons from 2003-04 to 2005-06.
F Zach Randolph (right knee contusion) was injured Sunday. His status wasn’t immediately known.
G/F Xavier Henry (right ankle sprain) is day-to-day.
G Mike Conley (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day.
F Darrell Arthur (torn Achilles) is out for the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Try not to sulk after a bad game and look forward to the next one.” —
Grizzlies F Rudy Gay on his New Year’s resolution, which was immediately
tested after losing to the Bulls by 40