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AL: How have the Memphis Grizzlies been able to continue winning even without Rudy Gay?
KM: “After Rudy went down and after they had that little brawl on the plane with Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo, they’ve really came together. They’ve got a gritty team going, they defend and they’re tough, hard nosed guys. I think Mike Conley has played great ball. I think he was the difference in the San Antonio series.
“I know the big guys get all the credit, which they deserve. Z Bo has been unbelievable for Memphis. Big Marc Gasol has been played tremendous as well. I think it’s been the play of Mike Conley though—he’s really been solid for them—not turning the ball over, making shots and just kind of really got the team playing at a high level.
“Lionel Hollins has to get a huge tip of the hat because those guys play hard—they bang you, they hit you, they re tough. I like the way they play the inside-out game. They’re really making a lot of noise, and I’m really looking forward to this game tonight. It’s going be a dog fight.”