Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies – What to watch for [PS 6]

DeMar DeRozan (10). Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A trip to Tennessee completes the exhibition schedule for our guys. The Grizzlies are a serious playoff contender, in my view, & will be interested in playing their regular season rotation. Auditions are just about complete for every team; the Raps dropped 2 players earlier this week, & still need to dump 1 or 2 more. I can’t see them keeping Magloire, but then I couldn’t see them doing it last year. The Grizz have Bayless on their roster, & I anticipate he will receive a significant amount of PT in order to show his old team they should have resigned him. Amen to that, Jerryd.

The Grizz are going to be a formidable test for any team. Of the 2 Gasol brothers in the NBA, I’d rather have Memphis’ Marc. He’s young, strong, tall & can rebound, defend, & score (other than those things, he’s a waste of oxygen). Rudy Gay is a quick, talented, borderline-All Star swingman. Zach Randolph is healthy again, & I expect another big season from him. Mike Conley may not be a top rank PG, but he stays healthy, gets his 12 points & 6 assists regularly, & will pick your pocket if you’re not careful.

  • The Raps’ starters are going to get more burn. I expect each of them (Jonas, AB, Landry, DD & Kyle) to get around 30 minutes against a deep bunch of bruins.
  • From the swingmen, Terrence Ross needs to be first off the bench. His camp has been hampered by nagging injuries & illness, but if he’s healthy, I’d give him 20+ minutes. Let him make his rookie mistakes in pre-season.
  • DeMar will have his hands full if he’s covering Rudy Gay. DD, who’s thicker & stronger than he’s ever been, has frequently been accused of little more than academic interest in defense, &  needs to change some minds. DeRozan is in his team-option year & has serious competition for his minutes. He needs to step up, for the sake of his team, his career, & his wallet.
  • There are trade rumours swirling around the Raps’ front line. Will Amir or Ed be highlighted, then shipped out, as a way to lessen the logjam among the second-unit bigs? I hope not, as I think there’s a role for both of those guys. If the Raps are in a mood to deal, why not toss Kleiza overboard?
The Raps have been fortunate so far in avoiding serious injuries to key contributors (unlike the Mavs’ Nowitzki, or the ‘Wolves Love). Let’s hope that continues, as we watch what should be an interesting & competitive game.

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

Topics: DeMar DeRozan, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Raptors, Rudy Gay, Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors

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