Player News - Grizzlies

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Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason.
Apr 20 - 10:21 AM

Jeff Green (back) shot only 3-of-11 from the field vs. the Blazers, but he made 5-of-6 free throws to finish with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Green also played 28 minutes without any turnovers and he had a fantastic touch-pass which you can check out via the link below. He didn't even attempt a 3-point shot tonight and Memphis will need him to score with greater efficiency as the playoffs proceed, but a lock-down defensive performance carried them on Sunday.
Apr 19 - 10:53 PM

Mike Conley (sprained right foot) scored 16 points in only 24 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, making 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

He's been having trouble walking and was told he'd need 4-6 weeks to fully recover, but he didn't seem limited while using change-of-speed dribbles to befuddle the Blazers' defense. Conley was even wearing a shoe one size bigger on his right foot to allow for extra padding but all signs point to him starting without a minute-limit on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 10:53 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) played through pain on Sunday, finishing a lopsided home victory with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

He hadn't played in three weeks so tonight's line was an encouraging return to form, especially since he remained on the court with the victory sealed in the fourth quarter. Allen is worth a look if you're targeting steals in a fantasy-playoffs league, but that's about it.
Apr 19 - 10:52 PM

Beno Udrih caught fire vs. the Blazers, making his first six shots to finish with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and seven assists in only 24 minutes of action.

The Grizzlies roared out to a 19 point lead at halftime and never looked back, aided by Udrih's huge night -- he's the first bench player since Nick Van Exel in 2003 to notch at least 20 points, seven boards and seven assists in a playoff game. A superior regular-season record gave Memphis home-court advantage despite being the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 4 seed Blazers, and they could take a commanding 2-0 series lead if they win again at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 10:52 PM

Marc Gasol contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks with only one turnover vs. the short-handed Blazers on Sunday.

Gasol led the NBA with 114 points created when passing to cutters out of the post this season, just one facet of the former Defensive Player of the Year's impressive skill-set. He combined with Zach Randolph (14 points, nine boards) to dominate the Blazers' frontcourt tonight, as Memphis used efficient offense and stifling defense to run away with an easy win.
Apr 19 - 10:51 PM

Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:50 PM

Jeff Green (back) is listed as a starter for the Grizzlies on Sunday.

His status was never truly in doubt and he'll start alongside Mike Conley, Courtney Lee, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. That bumps Tony Allen to a bench role with the Grizzlies finally at full strength to begin their first-round series.
Apr 19 - 7:54 PM

Jeff Green (back) was spotted going through pregame warmups, and he's expected to play Game 1 against Portland on Sunday.

Green has been playing through the pain, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Check back for another update closer to tip-off, but it's very likely Green will be active tonight.
Apr 19 - 6:51 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is a go for Sunday's Game 1 against the Trail Blazers.

With Allen active, he'll take away some minutes from Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter. Allen spent the last nine games of the season on the sidelines, so he may have his minutes limited tonight.
Apr 19 - 6:41 PM

Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues.
Apr 19 - 6:37 PM

According to teammate Zach Randolph, Jeff Green's back is showing improvement.

Green is still listed as questionable, but all indications point to him playing vs. the Blazers on Sunday. His back has been bothering him for a while now, but he has been able to play through it so far and it's very unlikely that he will miss tonight's game. We will have an update on his status prior to tip-off.
Apr 19 - 12:29 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though he is still listed as a game-time decision.

This is exciting news for the Grizzlies considering Allen has missed their last nine games, but he will be back in the rotation tonight. His minutes will likely be held in check for obvious reasons, but his return could reduce the workload of Courtney Lee, Jeff Green (back) and Vince Carter. Check back for an update closer to tip-off to confirm that Allen is indeed active.
Apr 19 - 12:09 PM

Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) will play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though they are officially listed as game-time decisions.

Conley missed the last four games of the regular season, and even though he is still experiencing some discomfort, he is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight. Joerger admitted that there will likely be some rust, but it's possible that Conley could see close to his normal allotment of minutes. We will confirm his status right before tip-off, but it's safe to say that Beno Udrih will be heading back to the bench.
Apr 19 - 12:08 PM

Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays.
Apr 18 - 1:10 PM


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