The Memphis Grizzlies ambushed the Pacer in the third quarter, outscoring the P's 33-16, and held on to secure the 103-95 win in Memphis on Monday night. That pretty much sums it up.
The big news from this game was the utter lack of noteworthy items to take from the game itself. The Pacers only dressed ten players as Maceo Baston (flu), Marquis Daniels (groin), Danny Granger (elbow) joined Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Travis Diener in street clothes. None of the new injuries are considered serious; in fact I imagine the term injury is used loosely with Quisy and Danny.
All the new faces (both old and young) played plenty of minutes, but struggled most of the second half after leading at the break 53-51. Brandon Rush had a serious "meh" game, playing 32 minutes but scoring just 7 points on 3 of 11 shots. Late in the game, Slick lamented the little impact Rush had on the game, mentioning he has to bring it at a high level every night and seemed like he was out there just trying to fit in the flow of the game.
Roy Hibbert and Rasho Nesterovic held down the post quite nicely combining to score 29 points. Hibbert finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Mark Boyle mentioned his surprise at how far along Roy's game is at this point, admitting he thought initially that Roy would be a 2-3 year project. I was hoping Roy would be a one year project and he probably will be, but he will contribute much more this year than I anticipated.
The Grizz were running their young roster at full strength tonight. O.J. Mayo had a huge game dropping 6 3-balls as part of his 26 points while picking up 5 steals along the way. The Grizz have a lot of nice young talent that will likely be maddeningly inconsistent, but on a night when the shots are dropping and it all comes together, they will be mighty fun to watch.
The Dallas Mavericks with Shawne Williams and Rick Carlisle visit the Fieldhouse on Wednesday for the Pacers next preseason game.