Grizzlies Gore the Bulls in Chicago

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Memphis (38-30) traveled to the Windy City on Wednesday night to take on the Chicago Bulls (32-36). The Grizz were looking for their 2nd straight win following 5 rather disheartening losses. Memphis was able to come away with the win behind big performances from Grizz staples Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

Stats Breakdown:

Memphis:

*Mike Conley led the way for the Grizz with 27 points (8-12, 5-8 from beyond the arc), was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe, and still had the time to grab 9 boards, 1 steal, and dish out 7 assists. Conley was the perfect Conductor last night, distributing the ball and out-dueling his Bulls counterpart Rajon Rondo at every turn.

*Marc Gasol showed his All-Star chops with a cool 27 points (10-21, 3-6 from 3), was 4-5 from the line, had 6 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, and 7 assists. Gasol lamented the fact that the team wasn’t on the same page in consistency during the losing streak. After the win in Chicago, he was pleased with the way the defense showed up and trust in each other his teammates were displaying.

*Tony Allen had 10 points (4-10), 6 boards, and 3 assists in his hometown of Chicago.

*Memphis starters were all a positive +/- on the night (Carter +11, Green +12, Gasol +8, Allen +15, Conley +19).

 

Bulls:

*Rajon Rondo led the Bulls with 17 points and was 3-4 from 3.

*Jimmy Butler had 14 points and 7 boards.

*Nikola Mirotic off the bench ended with 14, was 3-8 from beyond the arc, and had a game high 2 blocks.

*Every Bulls starter was a negative +/- on the night.

*Dwyane Wade left the game early in the 4th quarter with an apparent elbow injury after a collision when going for a rebound. He did not return and ended the game with 8 points. Word came out today that Wade is out for the rest of the regular season with an elbow fracture.

Tidbits:

*The Grizz played with heart. Grizz fans were pleased with the overall effort the team put forth.

*Memphis shot 11-31 from beyond the arc, with contributions by Vince Carter (1-4), Gasol (3-6), Conley (5-8), and Troy Daniels (2-7).

*JaMychal Green only had 4 points, but his hustle was real!

Don’t forget the poster he put DWade on…poor man…

*The media was also appreciative of the Grizzlies effort.
*Defense. Who knew that would work?
*Just in case you forgot…
*This game had it all.

Memphis takes on the Hawks in Atlanta tonight. When these two teams met last week, the Hawks walked out of the Grindhouse with a 107-90 victory behind 17 points from Taurean Prince, 16 each from Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder, and 15 from Kent Bazemore. These teams have been on different trajectories since that game. The Grizz have won their last 2 contests while Atlanta was battered by the Spurs on Monday 99-107. The Hawks have not played since Monday, so they should be well rested and looking to sweep the season series with Memphis. Dwight Howard was missing for the last contest in Memphis, so the Grizzlies have to prepare for his presence in the paint. Memphis also must keep role players contained (looking at you Prince). Did I mention defense? Yeah let’s do that please.

 

Who: Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks

Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta

When: Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM CST

Where to watch/listen: Fox Sports Southeast, 92.9 ESPN Radio Memphis

Elizabeth Smith

Wife, Mom, owned by Doxies, and Memphis Grizzlies basketball fanatic.#OneTeamOneGoal #Grizz

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