March 19, 2016, 11:57 pm
Zach Randolph (knee) returned from a seven-game absence in the Grizzlies’ 113-102 win over the Clippers on Saturday, securing his first career triple-double with a season-high 28 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in 36 minutes.
We’ve thought the Grizzlies have simply been resting him because they don’t care about seeding and they’re hoping a rested Randolph and Mike Conley can make some noise in the first round. Naturally then, Randolph would be as energetic as any point in time during the season and he showed that tonight. Tony Allen was a must-start player tonight and showed it with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, one three, four boards and one steal. Lance Stephenson was brought back to more reasonable territory with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, three boards, two steals and one block, but he’ll be fine as a late-round value at a minimum going forward.