Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/26/12
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This one stings a bit. The Memphis Grizzlies, without starting PG Mike Conley, came out torching the Cavaliers’ defense on their first few possessions. It looked like it could be a predictably rough game. But then Anderson Varejao went to work. Andy started rebounding like a man possessed and ignited the Cavaliers to take the first quarter lead. In fact, the Cavaliers would win each of the first 3 quarters behind Varejao and some of the best team defense the team has played all season. Unfortunately, they lost the quarter that matters the most, and the Grizzlies were able to play lights out defense down the stretch and steal a hard fought win from the Cavaliers. There’s so much to be proud of in the way Cleveland played in this game, in particular Varejao who dominated arguably the Western Conference’s best frontcourt. Sure, the Grizzlies missed Mike Conley who sat with the flu, but the Cavaliers still forced one of the best offenses in the NBA to easily their lowest scoring output of the season. But in the end, it’s still a loss. A loss the Cavaliers probably don’t deserve, but a win Memphis definitely deserved. The Cavaliers can learn a lot from the way the Grizzlies competed on defense in the 4th quarter. It’s just a shame to waste a 15 point, 22 rebound night from Anderson Varejao. 1 2 3 4 T CLE 27 20 22 9 78 MEM 24 18 20 22 84 Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts D. Waiters G 35:19 5-16 0-2 5-6 -6 0 0 3 2 4 0 1 1 15 J. Pargo G 30:35 4-12 1-4 0-0 -5 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 0 9 A. Varejao C 37:17 7-11 0-1 1-2 -3 8 22 3 3 2 1 0 2 15 A. Gee F 33:09 4-11 1-2 0-0 -10 2 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 9 T. Thompson F 32:23 4-7 0-0 1-2 -11 3 5 0 3 2 2 1 5 9 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 31-76 4-16 12-15 14 41 12 16 10 5 5 23 78 Percentages .408 .250 .800 Team Rebounds: 8 D. Gibson 30:06 3-10 2-5 3-3 -1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 11 O. Casspi 14:51 1-3 0-2 0-0 +4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 T. Zeller 13:23 0-1 0-0 0-0 +5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 S. Samuels 12:57 3-5 0-0 2-2 -3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 8 J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision Memphis Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts J. Bayless G 34:15 3-11 0-3 3-3 +9 1 3 6 3 1 2 1 4 9 T. Allen G 29:27 3-9 0-0 2-2 +11 1 4 0 0 3 0 1 2 8 M. Gasol C 36:35 7-10 0-0 5-5 +5 3 6 3 3 1 0 1 3 19 R. Gay F 42:13 6-13 2-3 1-2 +8 0 6 3 2 2 0 0 1 15 Z. Randolph F 36:09 8-11 0-0 3-6 +12 3 8 1 5 1 1 1 2 19 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 33-71 4-11 14-18 10 33 16 14 8 5 5 15 84 Percentages .465 .364 .778 Team Rebounds: 8 Q. Pondexter 22:09 4-6 2-3 0-0 -6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 D. Arthur 18:12 1-5 0-0 0-0 -1 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 W. Ellington 11:33 1-5 0-2 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 M. Speights 5:04 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J. Selby 4:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 M. Conley DNP – Coach’s Decision H. Haddadi DNP – Coach’s Decision
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