gcclaker wrote:Jazzygirl205 wrote:Grizzles should be up 2-0 right about now. I think they just have a great coach because despite losing Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo they're still a really good team and can play with the best of them.
Gay and Mayo did provide a sizable scoring punch for Memphis which was I was skeptical of the Grizzlies getting past the Clippers. To fill that void so far, others have stepped up such as Conley and Poindexter. Gasol's game also improved on offense whereas Randolph gets more touches. Bayless has replaced Mayo nicely. Prince is a stabilizing presence on the floor and is still a very heady defender.
Memphis is a really interesting team in a sense it shows you how 2 way players are rare in Basketball ...
You can see Hollins is always thinking " should I go with Bayless or Allen for defensive purposes down the stretch ? " , same with Quincy ( who is a decent defender and a decent shooter) and Prince .
Hollins managed this very well down the stretch in Game 2 between timeouts ... but this isn't always doable .
I think both Mayo and Gay were not good fits in Memphis ... sure they provided scoring but they had a tendency to chuck quick and long shots which doesn't do well with Grizz halfcourt game and the constant effort on D wasn't there