But the real story last night was the performance of the Grizzlies' bench. Marreese Speights went off for 18 points and 9 rebounds in only 22 minutes, while the perimeter trio of Jerryd Bayless, Wayne Ellington, and Quincy Pondexter combined to shoot 6-9 from long-range. Bayless has hit a three-pointer in every game so far (50% overall), which is encouraging after his poor shooting in the preseason. Assuming Pondexter's development into a viable three-point shooter was one of the reasons I projected the Grizzlies to be a slightly better overall three-point shooting team even after losing O.J. Mayo, and the early returns are good, as he's 5-9 from long-range through four games. Ellington hasn't quite found his groove yet (3-9), but his sufficient defense and overall strong effort level has made him a general plus as a deep reserve.
The cherry on top of this one was three uneventful garbage-time debut minutes for rookie Tony Wroten Jr.