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Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

Grizzlies sit four key players, three for rest, for nationally televised game


Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger made a point of noting during his in-game interview that the Nov. 7 Memphis-Oklahoma City game was his team’s only nationally televised contest (excluding NBA TV).

But the Grizzlies actually have another chance to impress a national audience.

They play the Wizards on TNT tonight, getting optioned onto the prominent slot to to replace Knicks-Lakers.

You just won’t recognize this Memphis team.

No Marc Gasol. No Zach Randolph. No Tony Allen. No Mike Conley.

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal:

Conley’s injury is legitimate. Though he returned to last night’s loss to the Celtics, he was limping afterward and wore a boot.

But for all the Grizzlies, this is their seventh game in 10 days. That’s a brutal stretch, and Joerger is probably making the right decision to rest players. The goal is succeeding in the playoffs, not on a Thursday in March just because the game is on TNT.

Pressure is on Jeff Green to carry Memphis to a win — and maybe Joerger to explain himself, but that shouldn’t be too difficult. Gregg Popovich already set a precedent to follow.

NBA.com now includes Synergy play-type numbers

Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague

In news that’s of no consequence to Charles Barkley, NBA.com now provides Synergy tracking numbers.

As an example of what’s available, here are the efficiency leaders for each offensive play type (minimum 20 possessions):

  • Transition: Marcin Gortat, Wizards
  • Isolation: Ben Udrih, Grizzlies
  • Ball Handler:* Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets
  • Roll Man: Meyers Leonard, Trail Blazers
  • Post-Up: Jeff Green, Grizzlies**
  • Spot-Up: Kyle Korver, Hawks
  • Hand-off: Corey Joseph, Spurs
  • Cut: James Johnson, Raptors
  • Off Screen: Marcus Morris, Suns
  • Putbacks: Brandan Wright, Mavericks**

*In previous versions of Synergy, this was described as the ball-handler in pick-and-rolls. I’m guessing that’s still the case here, but it isn’t clear.

**Players who have played for multiple teams this season have their stats divided by team. Green previously played for the Celtics, and Wright is now with the Suns.

Click here to explore further for yourself. You can look at defensive play types and results for teams and individuals.

Thunder continue trend of signing players before they hit free agency with Nick Collison extension

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The Thunder inked Nick Collison to a contract extension on Tuesday, one that is expected to pay him in the neighborhood of $7.5 million over the next two seasons.

Collison, now in his eleventh year with the team, isn’t exactly having a banner statistical season. But he’s hard-working and professional, and epitomizes the type of players that the organization hopes to continue to bring in for years to come.

The extension wasn’t just about Collison’s character, however. It continues a trend that OKC has been able to execute successfully, where they sign players currently on the roster to longer-term deals in order to avoid having to overpay for them once they hit free agency.

But the Thunder only do that under the right circumstances — look no further than the way things played out with James Harden and Jeff Green for some fairly high-profile examples of what most believe to be failed personnel decisions. And when they can’t come to terms on a deal they believe to be favorable, they attempt to get assets in return via trade before allowing talented players to walk as free agents.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

This is the eighth time in the past six years that a Thunder player has signed a contract extension and bypassed the chance at free agency, including high-profile players like Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins.

While some may question the attractiveness of the Oklahoma City market, the Thunder have largely been successful in keeping their top players when they’ve offered significant money. …

“This organization has always shown an interest in getting something done [before free agency],” Collision said. “When both sides feel good about the deal, then things get done.”

This is why Reggie Jackson seems almost certain to be traded before the Feb. 19 deadline. Not only is Dion Waiters getting longer looks in the lineup since he was brought over in trade from the Cavaliers, but Jackson has been open about wanting a bigger role in the starting lineup next season — which won’t ever happen with the Thunder as long as Westbrook remains on the roster.

Jackson as a restricted free agent would mean that OKC would have the right to match any offer he might receive, but it’s more than likely he’d command more than the Thunder would be willing to spend. Given that reality, and the way the team has historically conducted its business, it would be somewhat of a surprise if Jackson was still a part of the team a few weeks from now.

One more thought, and that’s how Collison’s deal may or may not tie in with Kevin Durant, and his free agency that will be upon us at the conclusion of next season. It’s seems like a stretch to make any real connection; if Durant wants to continue to be in Oklahoma City, the team will unquestionably roll out a max contract offer for him to do so — even if it ends up being in the $200 million range.

There’s no negotiation to be had where Durant is concerned, which is why his situation isn’t at all one that’s similar.

Marc Gasol seals Grizzlies win over Suns with last-second block (VIDEO)

Dallas Mavericks v Memphis Grizzlies

A wild finish in Phoenix, as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Suns 102-101.

First, Jeff Green hit a floater to tie the game, and made a free throw to give Memphis the lead with 4.5 seconds left.

Then, Markieff Morris attempted a jumper for the win. Marc Gasol had other ideas.

That’s one way to end it, I guess.

Grizzlies’ Vince Carter has left foot tendon injury, out at least a week

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This is where the pick up of Jeff Green may turn out to be very useful.

Grizzlies reserve guard Vince Carter —who left Thursday night’s Memphis win in the second quarter and did not return — has a left foot tendon injury, the team announced Friday. It was confirmed by an MRI. As for his return…

Carter will be re-evaluated within the next week at which time an update will be provided.

The Grizzlies start Courtney Lee and Tony Allen at the two and three, but now they have Jeff Green can come in for either one of them. Green was recently acquired in a trade with Boston.

Carter is averaging 6 points a game in less than 17 minutes a night this season while shooting 33.4 percent. He has looked like Father Time is winning the race this season. That said he had scored in double digits two of the last three games before the injury.