Quick Thoughts: Los Angeles Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies

By Chris Hawkins

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to show that teams will have to answer to them in the Western Conference. Their latest statement was to the Los Angeles Lakers, beating them 106-98.

Some quick takeaways from tonight’s game


Conley’s All-Around Performance: Another strong outing from Mike Conley finishing with 19 points, six assists and four steals. It’s obvious, but it goes without saying that Conley is the pulse of the Grizzlies. His passing, play-making and ability to take care of the ball remain at elite levels. Defensively, he was a pest, using his quick hands to cause four steals and several other deflections.


Gasol’s Distributing: Marc Gasol is the second leading non-guard in the league in assists behind LeBron James. Tonight, he finished the game with eight assists Most of Gasol’s assists came from finding a cutting man from the high post. When Conley is on the bench, this is probably the best way for the Grizzlies to initiate the offense from by having Gasol in the high post and make plays.


Lakers Winless on the Road: It’s weird that we are 13 games into the season and the Lakers are still winless on the road. It’s just November, but in four games the Lakers are allowing an average 108 points on the road. Nobody expects that number to hold up. But if Los Angeles wants to put together a string of wins away from Staples Center, that’s going to have to change.


Arthur’s Season Debut: Darrell Arthur made his season debut tonight after missing the entire 2012-13 season with an Achilles injury. If he can return to the level he played at in 2010, it will give Lionel Hollins another option off the bench. Arthur’s excellent pick and roll defense and his ability to space the floor will make him a valuable player forMemphis.

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