The Grizzlies have been struggling at home recently, and they earned a much-needed win Tuesday night at the Grindhouse. Marc Gasol was inactive with a knee injury, and Zach Randolph was still sidelined with an ingrown toenail. Those two injuries put pressure on the Grizzlies back up big men, and they responded in a massive way. The Grizz started the game hot, but the Suns quickly took control and went into the half with an eight point lead. Phoenix had some early transition points, and the Morris brothers helped them out early. The Grizzlies responded in the second half, and brought the crowd at the Fed Ex Forum to life. Tony Allen was swarming on the defensive end, and wreaked havoc on the Phoenix guards. TA had a big offensive third quarter, and helped sparked a thirty-six point quarter for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies played a great fourth quarter, and walked out with a much-needed 110-91 home victory.
The Suns looked like they might run away with this game early, but they couldn’t sustain their effort in the second half. Goran Drogic lead the Suns in scoring with sixteen points, and he played slighty more than thirty-six minutes. Drogic got a technical foul for bumping Jarryd Bayless after a foul in the fourth quarter. The refs quickly got involved before anything really got started. The Morris brothers combined for twenty-eight points and fourteen boards, but most of their damage was done early. Miles Plumlee was also in double figures with eleven points and eight rebounds. Eric Bledsoe, who usually kills Memphis, had a fairly quiet night with only nine points, but he had five assists. The Suns are dangerous in transition, and the Grizzlies did a good job limiting transition opportunities after the first quarter.
The Grizzlies had huge contributions from the players everyone least suspected. Jon Leuer had a career high twenty-three points and nine rebounds. Leuer led the team in scoring, and played almost thirty minutes Tuesday night. He had three highlight dunks, and added a three pointer to the stat sheet. Ed Davis also had a huge night for Memphis. Davis had a double-double with twenty-one points, and twelve rebounds. Ed Davis has been heavily criticized all year by the media, and a big chunk of the Grizzlies’ fan base, but he showed up when Memphis needed him the most tonight. Mike Conley had eighteen points, and fourteen assists giving him his second straight double-double. Kosta Koufos joined the double-double part as well with fourteen points, and twelve boards. That was also Koufos’ second straight game with a double-double. So far Kosta has played well, and the Grizzlies need him to continue his good play while Marc Gasol is out with a knee injury.
The most important part of the night is the Grizzlies winning, but the Quincy Pondexter controversy heated up Tuesday night. Fans chanted “we want QPon” throughout the game. Everyone played except Quincy who is in the doghouse. Pondexter’s on court actions towards the Grizzlies’ coaching staff, and his comments after the game, kept him from seeing the floor against Phoenix. Hopefully Quincy Pondexter and Dave Joerger have talked about what happen, and nothing more will come of it. The Grizzlies probably dodged a bullet by winning big, because if they would have lost, there would be a lot of talking about sitting Pondexter. Grizz Nation just has to hope that it is all over now, and everyone is focusing on the next game against the Clippers. Memphis hosts LA Thursday night, and you better believe Zbo will do whatever he can to be ready to play. Zbo and Blake Griffin hate each other, and always seem to get in a fight. This will be the first meeting since Memphis handed the Clips their first home loss a few weeks ago. Maybe this time Tony Allen wont get ejected, and can guard Chris Paul most of the game.