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123 Jan 19 '20
SALT LAKE CITY -- Even as the Memphis Grizzlies transition under first-year coach David Fizdale, the old guard of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph is still leading the way. Fake Yeezy 350 V2 .Gasol scored a season-high 22 points and the Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 102-96 on Monday night.I feel like this is the best four quarters weve put together, Fizdale said. Guys, they want to win. They really want this and weve worked really hard over the past couple days to clean things up.The Grizzlies used a 9-2 run sparked by Mike Conleys step-back 3-pointer and a three-point play by Gasol to take a 94-88 lead with 1:25 remaining. Memphis led by as many as 13, but the Jazz kept answering with big plays from Joe Ingles and Trey Lyles.I always try to lead my team, Gasol said. Im trying be more vocal with the guys and keep us stable.By my play, I always try to find the right play, the right open guy.Conley had 18 points and seven assists, and Randolph added 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.Ingles scored a career-high 20 points and Lyles chipped in 18.The Grizzlies led 56-48 at halftime behind a 56.8 shooting percentage, their best in any half this season. They also contained Utahs best players -- Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert -- to 13 combined points on 4-of-12 shooting in the first 24 minutes.(The defense) was porous in the first quarter, to say the least, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. That was the nuts and bolts of the game -- there were times we got a stop and couldnt secure the ball. ... I didnt think we were as physical as we needed to be to close possessions.TIP INSGrizzlies: Gasol has extended his range. After making 12 3-pointers over his first eight seasons combined, he made two Monday to bring his season total to 12. ... Vince Carter scored 20 points off the bench. ... Memphis outrebounded the Jazz 44-29.Jazz: Rodney Hood (illness) and George Hill (thumb) did not play. It was Hills fifth consecutive game out. ... Boris Diaw returned from a right leg contusion after missing eight games. ... Favors left the game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness and did not return.HOME SWEET HOMEThe Jazz returned home after a five-game road trip on which they went 4-1. Snyder was asked if he was sure he wanted to return to Salt Lake City?You always want to be at home, Snyder said. The whole thing about any game, and particularly a longer road trip, is hopefully you can get better. In our case, that means getting healthy. Try to learn how to win when youre not at full strength, which has unfortunately been a theme for us so far this year.I think guys support each other and sometimes thats the most important thing for guys that are thrust into roles that arent as permanent and theyre able to get confidence and confidence is a big thing. Coach can try to give it to you. You can find it on your own and teammates can help you locate it. I think thats one of the things weve got going.CULTURE CHANGEThe Grizzlies made a coaching change after last season despite making the playoffs for six consecutive seasons. Fizdale said they have to be patient while adapting to a new culture and new roles. However, the days of Grit and Grind from coach Dave Joergers era arent all the way over.I dont want to subtract from any of that, Fizdale said. I still want it to be gritty. I just dont want our offense to be in a grind. I want to be able to get the ball up the court and score more points. Our field goal attempts are where they need to be, we just arent shooting the ball great. ... A lot of that is chemistry and sometimes the shots just dont fall.QUOTABLEWe rely on our older guys for leadership, Conley said. We have guys that have played 15-plus years in the league and have done everything. We use that to our advantage but we dont want to use them too much. ... So hopefully we can get more out of young guys and let the old guys rest a bit as we go along.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Memphis travels to face the Clippers on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game trip. The Clippers began Monday with the best record in the Western Conference at 9-1.Jazz: Utah hosts the Bulls on Thursday night, facing Dwyane Wade in Chicago for the first time. Cheapest Nike Cortez . Louis Cardinals. Victorino is batting sixth and playing right field after missing two games because of back tightness. Cheapest Nike Basketball Shoes . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. The reveal season for Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is in full swing, with 132 cards set to be revealed in Hearthstones next expansion. Will Priest be a playable deck? Will Midrange Shaman stop making us cry? Will we finally get a Control Hunter? Why does Harrison Jones destroy things he thinks belong in a museum?With 132 cards to review -- 131 after our Grimestreet Pawnbroker card reveal -- we better skip the exposition and get moving with the first big chunk.Lets start out with the class that needed the most help: Priest. I doubt it was coincidental that Blizzard very quickly showed off some powerful Priest cards, given how little-used the class has been in competitive Hearthstone in the past six months or so.Suffice it to say, both Control and Dragon Priests get a lot to bite into here.Potion of Madness is a cut-rate Shadow Madness, which does the same thing for a minion with three or less attack, but one mana vs. four mana is a very serious discount. Control Priests have trouble in the early game and ramming an enemys 2/3 into a 3/2 or stealing a Loot Hoarder and drawing a card for one mana can be quite useful. Probably not a two-of.Pint-Size Potion is another utility card, one that manipulates the board to give interaction with other key Priest cards, such as Shadow Word: Pain, Cabal Shadow Priest, Potion of/Shadow Madness, or the little-played Shadow Word: Horror.Kabal Talonpriest gives Priest a strong three-drop that buffs health, similar to the Dark Cultist, a 3/4 that gave a minion the health after it died. Here you get the health up front and while Dark Cultist wasnt always played it was never poor.Drakonid Operative and Dragonfire Potion are essentially love letters to Dragon Priest. A five-mana 5/6 is playable on its own, but being able to Discover a card from your opponent is a valuable effect up until you hit fatigue. Most Discover cards give you some sort of random selection while selecting from your opponents deck ensures a higher quality of card. Else they wouldnt have put the card in their deck in the first place! Dragonfire Potion gives Priest a truly powerful board clear thats been missing since Lightbomb rotated and its even playable in Control Priest, which needs a catchup mechanism and is happily playing Excavated Evil as it is.And here were have three defensive tools for Warrior. I Know a Guy isnt the sexiest effect, but there are a lot of times early on against very aggressive decks in which a Warrior really needs a Taunt card early so they can start building up the armor totals. A one-of when the meta commands it.Stolen Goods gives a Warrior using Taunt minions an addittional tool to buff them early. Cheapest Air Max Tn. Non-aggressive builds of Warrior dont always have Fiery War Axe on Turn 2 (I swear Im not lying) and rather than just taking the two armor, activating a Fierce Monkey into a 6/7 on Turn 3 is a worthwhile turn.One of the cards it can enable is the Alley Armorsmith, expensive for the stats but a great stalling tool that will either block attacks and restore health or eat a removal spell. The latters not so bad for a Control Warrior since those builds tend to run giant threats; youll come out ahead in the long run if your opponent is spending resources to remove this card rather than Ragnaros or Grommash Hellscream.One new mechanic in MSG is the tri-class cards, cards that can be played by three of the games nine classes, keeping with storyline theme of three competing factions.Grimestreet Smuggler is a bit understated as a three mana 2/4 and while the effect gives a de facto 3/5 worth of stats if you have a hand, its a bonus thats a bit difficult to control and when you cant control an effect, it has to be extremely overpowered to be worthwhile (hello, Yogg-Saron). This one isnt.The Grimestreet Informant, Lotus Agents, and Kabal Courier have a lot in common in that theyre straight Discover cards for the three classes in which you can play them. I think the Informant is the most likely to see play, simply because its early enough that the tempo loss to Discover a class card is hardly fatal. Its about equal to the Jeweled Scarab, which discovers a three-drop - class cards tend to be better, but Scarabs ability to guarantee an on-curve play on three is quite underrated.The Kabal Courier is trickier to play on three, though will probably see some Arena play in Priest and Warlock (the Mage is less inclined since it already has access to Mage class cards, which are the best of the three). Lotus Agents? Probably not at all. By Turn 5, playing a card that can be dealt with by many two-drops isnt worth the Discover. Youd have to flip the stats for this to be playable.Kazakus is an interesting card and one thats hard to evaluate due to its novel effect, similar to Reno Jackson in League of Explorers. Essentially, you make your own spell, first choosing whether to make a one-cost, five-cost, or ten-cost spell and then Discover two effects out of the ten offered. The spells are less valuable than the mana; the benefit is, however, that you get to tailor the spell to the exact situation. Im already thinking of a Kazakus/Renolock deck. ' ' ' 
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