The Memphis Grizzlies made a few minor but solid moves heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. Signing Mike Miller was key for their bench rotation, signing Nick Calathes could be valuable for their backcourt and the addition of rookie Jamaal Franklin could pay dividends as he gains more experience.
Even with the moves that the Grizzlies made this summer, though, no one doubted the fact that the grit-and-grind Memphis Grizzlies were still predicated on the talent and abilities of the starting frontcourt, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. The problem that the Grizzlies encountered this season, along with many others, was that they couldn’t seem to get both of their big men clicking at once. It seemed like if one big guy had a nice night, the other would struggle a bit.
On Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings, though, the Grizzlies saw Randolph and Gasol both hitting on all cylinders and, if you’re a fan of hard-nosed basketball or basketball in general, it was fun to watch.
For the game, Randolph finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-12 shooting while Gasol nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists on 8-14 shooting from the field.
Obviously it needs to be said that the Kings are the seventh worst defensive team in the NBA through the first three weeks of the season, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Grizzlies aren’t going to be successful if they don’t have both Gasol and Randolph performing well. It’s a small sample size against a bad defensive team, but Memphis has to be hoping that Sunday gives their frontcourt a bit of a jump-start going forward.