VOL. 129 | NO. 205 | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Allen, Lee Named Grizzlies Starters
By Don Wade
Courtney Lee in the Grizzlies’ first-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 playoffs. He and Tony Allen were named starters for the season that tips off Oct. 29.
(Memphis News/Andrew J. Breig)
The guesswork over who would start on the wings for the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 29 in the season-opener vs. Minnesota at FedExForum is over. Coach Dave Joerger has named Tony Allen and Courtney Lee starters, joining point guard Mike Conley, power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.
Veteran Vince Carter, signed as a free agent over the summer, is still nursing a tender ankle and playing lighter minutes in the preseason. But Quincy Pondexter, who missed most of last season with a knee injury and was vying for a wing starting spot, has had three straight double-digit scoring games, including an 18-point effort on Monday, Oct. 20, in Dallas, which he knocked down 3-of-7 3-pointers.
“Guys are at different points in their careers and we’ve got a lot of veterans,” Joerger said. “And at some point, I have to choose. That’s tough decisions and that’s what I signed up for.”
Asked if he was OK with coming off the bench, Pondexter said: “I don’t care, I don’t care. Whatever it takes for us to win.”
Pondexter did say he feels like he’s 100 percent recovered and that his play in the preseason has proved it.
“Have I been playing like it the last few games? I think so,” he said. “I’m back to regular form and I don’t see any weaknesses or things I’m not doing as well as before.”
Conley said Lee and Allen should fit just fine at the two and three spots, even if as a tandem they would qualify as undersized.
“Courtney and Tony can both guard,” Conley said. “So that would be the issue normally when you play small. But think they can guard two or three positions. I’m happy with what they’ve done so far.”