Player News - Grizzlies

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Marc Gasol (groin) scored a season-high 36 points during an 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

What right groin injury? He popped up on the injury report today, but looked totally fine. The Grizzlies are on a five-game winning streak and Gasol is the heavy favorite for Western Conference Player of the Week. In his three wins so far, Gasol has averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 50 percent from the field. Big Spain has been a top-five player for standard leagues over his last 10 and is making a great case for the All-Star team.
Dec 9 - 12:31 AM

Tony Allen scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 29 minutes during an 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday.

How good are the Grizzlies right now? They're on a five-game winning streak, and they've won 12 straight games decided by five or fewer points or went into OT -- that's tied with the 1994-95 Suns as the longest such streak since the merger. As for Allen, he has been rolling with minutes, but coach David Fizdale may dial it back once Vince Carter (hip) comes back. He has some value in standard leagues for now.
Dec 9 - 12:24 AM

JaMychal Green grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against the Blazers on Thursday, scoring six points with two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

He is cleaning up on the glass these days and it certainly helped against the Blazers. Plus, Green was credited with two extra boards back on Dec. 5, so that puts him at 14.5 boards per game over his last four. On the downside, he is not shooting the ball well over his last three, making just 6-of-24 (25 percent) in the span. Still, Green shouldn't be affected with the return of Zach Randolph, so keep him rolling in all leagues.
Dec 9 - 12:17 AM

Andrew Harrison made 2-of-12 from the field for six points with one rebound, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

And he's ice cold again. Over his last four, Harrison has made just 19.5 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the line. He now has some competition for minutes with Toney Douglas closing this one out and playing great on the offensive end. Harrison has still been good on D, so he may keep his minutes in the mid-20s. He's trending down a bit.
Dec 9 - 12:10 AM

Toney Douglas scored 11 points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

He played the entire fourth quarter of this close win, making his only field goal and all four from the line. Douglas scored the final six Memphis points, including two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to get the win. He played mostly at point guard tonight and may have carved out a role for minutes in the mid 20s. If you're in a deep league with a dry wire, he's worth a look.
Dec 9 - 12:05 AM

Troy Daniels made 2-of-12 from the field for five points with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

The shot wasn't on for Daniels today. Still, coach David Fizdale trusted his "money green" guy down the stretch and Daniels came through with a clutch three late -- he also hit a clutch trey against the Blazers in the 2014 playoffs at almost the exact same spot. Another positive for Daniels is that Toney Douglas shifted from more of a wing in the last game to more of a PG tonight. He should be able to keep his minutes around 30 and has value as a 3-pointers specialist. Vince Carter (hip) could take a handful of minutes and usage from him, though.
Dec 8 - 11:58 PM

Zach Randolph played 17 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

He had four fouls in his playing time and also made just 3-of-6 from the line. Randolph did get some minutes next to Marc Gasol, which should help his floor most nights. He should have some low-end value in the second unit.
Dec 8 - 11:52 PM

Troy Williams did not score in 20 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Grizzlies starters haven't fared very well during their five-game winning streak with a -12.9 net rating, which explains why Williams hasn't been getting many clutch minutes. He's had a pretty decent run for owners in very deep leagues, but he should be taking a hit with Vince Carter (hip) getting close to a return.
Dec 8 - 11:40 PM

Wade Baldwin did not score in three minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

Coach David Fizdale talked a lot about Baldwin's development this week, so that was a big hint of the dip in playing time coming. Toney Douglas looks like he has No. 2 point guard job, so Baldwin is only a super deep stash in re-draft.
Dec 8 - 11:37 PM

Marc Gasol (groin) will start against the Blazers on Thursday night.

He gets an outstanding matchup tonight against a sub-par Blazers interior defense and rebounding. Gasol may have a slight hit in minutes, so he's a risky DFS play even when it's not on a back-to-back set. He's an obvious start in season long leagues.
Dec 8 - 7:45 PM

The Grizzlies have agreed to multi-year extensions with General Manager Chris Wallace, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger and Executive Vice President of Player Personnel Ed Stefanski.

"I am pleased to announce that our Basketball Operations executive team, led by General Manager, Chris Wallace, will continue to lead our franchise for years to come," majority owner Robert Pera said. "Chris, John and Ed bring a wealth of NBA experience and success, and have done a tremendous job establishing the strong culture that I believe is necessary to ensure sustained success in this ultra-competitive environment."
Source: NBA.com
Dec 8 - 5:16 PM

Marc Gasol (right groin) is questionable for Thursday against the Blazers.

This is a new injury for Gasol. He played a whopping 80 minutes combined on Monday and Tuesday, which is by far the most he's played in a back-to-back set. Gasol did play down the stretch on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. That said, the Grizzlies could choose to be careful with their best player even though they're not on a back-to-back set tonight. If he's out, Zach Randolph and Jarell Martin figure to pick up extra run. JaMychal Green's upside also goes up here.
Dec 8 - 4:12 PM

Vince Carter (hip) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday night.

He was listed as questionable on the injury report on Wednesday, but Carter will miss his sixth straight game. Since he's been out, it's been Troy Williams, Troy Daniels and Tony Allen picking up most of the wing minutes. Daniels will have the greatest upside with his red-hot scoring numbers. The Grizzlies aren't on a back-to-back, so Allen could get decent run tonight.
Dec 8 - 3:15 PM

Vince Carter (hip) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Blazers.

He's been ruled out the day before each of the last three games, so this is a step in the right direction. The Grizzlies have won each of their last four without Carter with guys like Troy Williams and Troy Daniels stepping up. If Carter does return, that may take some minutes from the Troys and maybe from Tony Allen, as well. Carter is not worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 7 - 5:02 PM

Zach Randolph dedicated Tuesday's 12-point, 14-board double-double to his recently deceased mother.

"My mom was great, man. My mom was all I had, all we had," said Randolph during his postgame interview on Tuesday. "This is what I did it for. She was the rock of this family. It's just tough, but I'm going to continue to go hard for her and leave it all out there and do it for her" Randolph returned from a seven-game absence on Tuesday night, and he'll likely be operating with a heavier usage rate over the coming weeks sans Mike Conley (back) and Chandler Parsons (knee). He doesn't have the highest upside, but he's worth a standard league spot due to his current situation.
Source: ESPN
Dec 7 - 1:18 PM


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