No wonder the Grizzlies decided to press the issue even more in Game 2.
“We wanted to be aggressive as guards,” Conley said.
Joerger admitted that it wasn’t a matter of scheme. It wasn’t a matter of him going onto the chalkboard and drawing up a bunch of new sets and plays. It was a matter of attitude.
Conley and Udrih had to embody that Memphis grit-and-grind mentality.
“Those guys, they put their heads down,” Joerger said. “They got around the show guy. They got in the paint.”
That wasn’t a surprise with Conley. He’s given a lot of team fits, including the Thunder.
He got cut by the Knicks.
“Beno was a guy that came in with the motto, ‘You stay ready,’” defensive stalwart Tony Allen said. “He was huge for us.”
Conley said, “I can’t say enough about him. When the point guards are making plays for our team, we go to another level. We definitely wanted to try to do that tonight.”
The Grizzlies did, and now the Thunder is going to have to figure out what to do with those point guards.
Maybe they should hope that backup Nick Calathes gets his drug suspension overturned. He couldn’t possibly be any more of a handful than Pistol Pete Udrih.
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