Michael Wallace: Fizdale confirmed Zach Randolph and James Ennis will start tonight. Fizdale said he needed to simply give him as many minutes as possible.
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Peter Edmiston: Fizdale confirms that ZBo and Ennis will start. “I can’t get ZBo the minutes he needs unless he starts.”
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Zach Randolph’s transition to sixth man this season: “It has been seamless. He has never bickered once to the press – not one time. You can go back through every paper, article or anything and he never complained. There were days when he was frustrated. He just stayed with it, and he’s embraced it. He’s got to be in the conversation of Sixth Man of the Year. I don’t know how he can’t be one of the finalists for that, looking at what he’s done on the glass and from a scoring stand point. I think a lot of the sixth men do a lot of scoring. Z-Bo is in the trenches for us, grabbing rebounds for us every night. I’m sure he leads the league for double-doubles off the bench. Yes, I am pitching for him, if you’re wondering.”
Tim MacMahon: Zach Randolph hopes the Grizzlies will go with the duo of Marc Gasol and him more often. “I think teams are happy with the way we’re playing, taking pressure off of them honestly,” Randolph told ESPN. “Some guys told me on that other teams: ‘Shoot, we’re happy y’all guys aren’t playing together anymore. It gives us a break.’ … It’s already been proven. We’ve done proved enough and showed it. I think that’s not the question. It’s just coach wanting to play different and do a different style.”
Tim MacMahon: Coach David Fizdale, who stuck with the duo down the stretch and in overtime of Memphis’ comeback win Friday over the Warriors, points to perimeter defense as the primary concern with the old-school lineup. Memphis is plus-25 in 278 minutes with Gasol and Randolph as a pairing. “I’ll make a deal with them,” Fizdale said. “I will say, ‘Hey, if you guys show me you can defend the 3-point line when you are out there together, then I will play you together more.”
Sirius XM NBA: David Fizdale says playing Marc Gasol & Zach Randolph together would be a “recipe for disaster” #Grizzlies
Pete Pranica: Zach Randolph off bench adds a bench scoring option and opens floor, which David Fizdale has listed as a priority. Don’t forget, Fizdale has more currency with Z-Bo since they worked together at the Grgurich camp when Zach was just 19… I’ve talked with Zach about Fizz and Z-Bo is more enthusiastic about having him as coach than anyone else since he’s been in Memphis.
Ronald Tillery: re: Zach Randolph’s move to second unit. Coach David Fizdale says JaMychal Green is the starting PF for now
Michael Wallace: David Fizdale announces Zach Randolph will come off bench this season full-time. “Let’s not beat around the bush. He can be 6th man of the year.”
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The season was a surprise, considering Ingles was told he’d be the ‘fifth wing in the rotation’, but the Utah Jazz’s injury woes proved to be a blessing in disguise for him. Even more fortuitous was the fact that he was in the midst of a contract year, turning his career season into a potential life-changer. With teams now expected to swoop for the league’s newest ‘three-point specialist’ — potentially offering up to eight figures, according to some NBA executives — the Adelaide-native has a clear preference. “I think the priority is Utah,” Ingles told foxsports.com.au. “I loved it there.”
“I’m not gonna be sitting there calling Gordon every two minutes, but if everything works out in Utah and they want me, and it all comes together, that’s great. Hopefully it’s a quick fix, and it’s done.”
Ingles plans to head over to the States as July 1 approaches, and, if all goes to plan, he’ll have agreed to a new contract before sundown. “We’ll see how it plays out,” Ingles said. “If I get a great option day one, I’m more than happy to sign then fly back home and spend as much time here as I can.”
Ingles’ newly retired wife, along with the couple’s twins, plan to move to the city of whichever team the restricted free agent signs with, and the Jazz’s investment in its players’ respective families seems to have given them a real edge. “As a family, we really liked the city,” Ingles said. “What the team does for the families — which is obviously a little unknown to the outside world — looking after Renae, which they do with all of the wives and families and girlfriends, and all the significant others, is amazing. “Obviously, I haven’t been with any other NBA teams, but the way they did that was probably second to none. It’s important for me, to know she’s looked after when we’re away for, say, 10 days.”
Did the Warriors sense the weight of all of this, even before Game 6 against Durant’s Thunder a year ago? “Somewhere in the back of your mind you’re definitely thinking, ‘hey, if we lose this, there’s no shot (at Durant),” Draymond Green recalled recently.
“I don’t really think about all the things that fell in line afterward, which is crazy to think about,” Thompson said. “Because now when I do watch it, there’s even more weight on all these shots I’m putting up. “It’s unbelievable how it all aligned afterwards. I do believe it was meant to be. Feels like destiny.”
Wall believes he knows why they fell short each time. He thinks there is a common theme to all of those series that the Wizards must address this offseason. “We need to help our bench,” Wall told CSN’s Chris Miller. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”