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"It took us some time because we tried to change (the offense) and I don't think it really (worked)," Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley told USA TODAY Sports. "We went fast, and I think we got a little bit out of control for everybody. We're still playing a little bit quicker, but when we get to our offensive sets, we're able to slow it down to a pace that's better for our bigs, and it's working. "We knew that there were some plays from last year that we probably should keep. They're still working, so why not keep using them? They just hadn't been put in yet. We were going through a whole new set of plays, and I think it was just easier to just jump into something that we knew. ... After three or four games, we started to adjust and to get a little bit of old Grizzlies back in there." USA Today Sports
First-year head coaches often are stubborn, insisting their system remain in good times and bad because of a fear for how it might look to admit that something didn't work. To Joerger's credit, he listened when some of the critics resided in his own locker room earlier this month. "He has done a fantastic job of trying to have to change his mindset," Conley said. "I know he's learning, going through some bumps and bruises here and there from the learning curve of being a head coach. For being young and new, I think he's doing a pretty good job at it." USA Today Sports
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