MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- With the Los Angeles Clippers still hanging around in the fourth quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies' reserves put them away with a long-range barrage: Quincy Pondexter, Courtney Lee and Jon Leuer provided the knockout blow with a trifecta of 3-pointers.
The Scoop:Leuer is nothing more than a backup, and he's averaging 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds on the season. As long as Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are healthy, Leuer isn't going to be worth touching in standard leagues.
Jon Leuer played 22 minutes off the bench in his return from the flu on Friday, scoring a season-high 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one three.
The Scoop:Leuer got his numbers in this lightly contested game but he'll need to show consistency to get anybody's attention in most formats. Without an injury to Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, it's hard to see him getting enough run to produce.
The Scoop:This is a nightmare for the Grizzlies, as they could be incredibly shorthanded against Toronto if they have to sit out. If any of these players sit out, we may get an extended look at rookies Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes, while Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter would likely benefit the most. Stay tuned.
The Scoop:He is not the only Grizzly battling the flu, joining Tony Allen, Kosta Koufos, Beno Udrih and Courtney Lee on the injury report. If Leuer sits this one out, rookie Jarnell Stokes will see an uptick in minutes, but not enough to warrant attention in most fantasy leagues.
The Scoop:Memphis has a 10-1 record but they'll be really tested with so many rotation players out vs. the Raptors. Quincy Pondexter emerges as a viable short-term option, as does Vince Carter -- the Raptors will be honoring him in Toronto tonight, giving him a bit of extra motivation.
Grizzlies PF/C Jon Leuer scored 21 points in just 25 minutes during Friday's exhibition loss, making 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with a full line vs. the Heat.
The Scoop:Leuer added seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and only turnover, picked up extra playing time because the Grizzlies' starters were given limited minutes as a precaution. Leuer proved valuable with Marc Gasol out in December last year, but he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues while the Grizzlies' frontcourt is healthy.
The Memphis Grizzlies reserves accomplished what the starters couldn't - they built enough of a lead to put away the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marc Gasol had 16 points and nine rebounds, his backup Kosta Koufos scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies beat Cleveland 96-92 on Wednesday night. ''Our defense leads to our offense.'' Quincy Pondexter added 15 points for Memphis and Zach Randolph had 11. Mike Conley, Nick Calathes and Jon Leuer each had 10 points.
The Scoop: None.
Oct 22 9:46 ET
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