Memphis Grizzlies News
8-13-14: The Memphis Grizzlies made some improvements to their roster to help support their core group of guys. The resigning of Zach Randolph for a couple of year dictated how much Memphis could spend in free agency narrowing the players they could pursue. However, the Grizzlies did have some useful pickups in the draft, adding Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes while also adding free agent Vince Carter.
Memphis Grizzlies 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 22, Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 35, Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee (via trade with Utah Jazz)
5-12-14: The Grizzlies almost pulled off a huge upset in the first round. They had a 3-2 lead on the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, but could not close the door. After dropping Game 6 by 20 points, the Grizzlies received some bad news. On Friday, the NBA announced that Zach Randolph would be suspended for Game 7 because he punched Steven Adams in Game 6. In addition, Tony Allen did not participate in the Grizzlies’ shootaround and left the arena wearing dark glasses. Even with his eye issue, Allen played 36 minutes, but his defense was not as strong as usual, and the Thunder won, 120-109, to knock Memphis out of the playoffs.
5-5-14: Saturday was not a happy day for the Grizzlies franchise. Before they hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 4 of their series, former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley died at the age of 77. He moved the team from Vancouver to Memphis and helped get FedEx Forum built. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies could not get the victory in Game 4 as Reggie Jackson torched Memphis for a game-high 32 points. However, the Grizzlies bounced back with a 100-99 win in Game 5, which was the series’ fourth straight overtime contest. Memphis could not handle Kevin Durant in Game 6. The Thunder forced a Game 7 with a 104-84 victory over the Grizzlies.
4-28-14: Overtime is the Grizzlies’ friend through three games in this first-round series. Although the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Memphis by 14 points in Game 1, the Grizzlies have bounced back to take a 2-1 lead in the series. In Game 2, the Grizzlies snapped their five-game postseason losing streak with a 111-105 overtime victory. Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in the extra frame. Mike Conley, the winner of the NBA’s Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship, also registered a double-double. Then in Thursday’s Game 3, the Thunder made a tremendous comeback, but the Grizzlies once again won in overtime.
4-21-14: The Grizzlies finished the 2013-14 season on their longest single-season home winning streak in franchise history. They won six of their eight games in April and finished with 50 wins after taking down the Dallas Mavericks on the final night of the season. The teams went to overtime as the winner was going to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and the loser would take on the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs swept both the Grizzlies and Mavericks during the regular season, so Grizzlies fans were relieved when Memphis avoided San Antonio with the 106-105 win over Dallas.
4-16-14: Memphis Grizzlies playoff tickets average $110 on the secondary market, which is 8th in the Western Conference and 16th overall. The regular season average was $62, meaning there is a 78% premium on Grizzlies playoff tickets. The Grizzlies are currently the 8th seed in the conference and are set to face the Spurs in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Grizzlies, who are in a fierce battle for a playoff spot, finished a five-game road trip against Western Conference opponents with a 2-3 record. Memphis had a difficult time this past week, as they lost against the Golden Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves. After their seven-point losses to the Warriors and Blazers, the Grizzlies salvaged the week with a two-point victory over the Denver Nuggets on the second night of the back-to-back set. Zach Randolph’s 20 points and 11 rebounds led the way for Memphis that evening. He will need to keep up these strong performances for Memphis to make the playoffs.
4-1-14: The Grizzlies continue to impress, as they are now 15 games above .500. Although Memphis lost to the Miami Heat by five points, the Grizzlies bounced back to win the rest of their games this past week. Memphis’ defense played very well in the team’s 82-71 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Although Tony Allen’s illness forced him to miss Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Grizzlies rolled to the 109-92 victory behind Mike Conley’s game-high 23 points. Then, Memphis traveled to Utah for Wednesday’s game, and Zach Randolph’s 22 points led the Grizzlies to the four-point win.
3-24-14: Dave Joerger and the Grizzlies have fought very hard this season to put themselves in a position to make it to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season for the first time in franchise history. They finished their three-game road trip in Toronto and Philadelphia. The first contest in the back-to-back set was a 13-point loss to the Raptors. Then on Saturday, Mike Conley scored 19 points, and Memphis blew out the Philadelphia 76ers. The Grizzlies returned home for Wednesday’s contest against the visiting Utah Jazz. Zach Randolph’s game-high 21 points led Memphis to the 10-point victory that night.
3-17-14: The Grizzlies are catching fire at the right time. Since Marc Gasol returned in mid-January, the Grizzlies have been arguably the best team in the NBA. They played two back-to-back sets this past week and swept them both. On Friday at Chicago, both teams started slow, but the Grizzlies’ 30-point third quarter helped Memphis to the 85-77 victory. The next night, Memphis beat the Charlotte Bobcats by 22 points behind Mike Conley’s game-high 20 points. Tuesday was Gasol’s night to shine. He flirted with a triple-double in the Grizzlies’ 109-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Then on Wednesday, Mike Conley’s layup with 1.5 seconds remaining pushed the Grizzlies past the New Orleans Pelicans.
3-10-14: Although the Grizzlies only went 2-2 this past week, they are still looking like they are hungry for the playoffs. Memphis lost by six points at Oklahoma City on Friday, but the team quickly bounced back to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by double digits the following night. Zach Randolph’s 23 points, 14 rebounds and four steals led the way for the Grizzlies that evening. Then on Monday, Tayshaun Prince scored a team-high 21 points as Memphis ended the Wizards’ six-game winning streak. Unfortunately, Randolph missed Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to illness, and the Grizzlies lost, 103-94.
3-3-14: The Grizz got a much needed win on Saturday, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-96. 5 Grizzlies scored 15 or more en route to victory after they trailed by 11 at the half. The Grizzlies currently trail the Dallas Mavericks by 1.5 games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
3-2-14: The Grizzlies moved their winning streak to four games on Friday with an important 102-96 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. Zach Randolph was Memphis’ best player of the night as he put up 21 points and 11 rebounds. Memphis was close to getting the streak to five contests on Saturday in Charlotte, but the Bobcats had an 18-3 fourth-quarter run to grab the victory. However, the Grizzlies bounced back on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers and Pau Gasol traveled to Memphis, but Marc Gasol’s team got the victory. Marc double-doubled and led the Grizzlies to the 108-103 win.
2-28-14: The Grizzlies added some veteran depth when they claimed former New York Knick Beno Udrih off waivers yesterday. Udrih is in his 10th season in the NBA, and won a championship with the Spurs in 2007. He's averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 assists in 19 minutes per game though 31 contests with the Knicks this season.
2-27-14: The Battle of the Gasol brothers was evenly matched but Marc's team came through with the victory, 108-103. Marc had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal in 31 minutes while Pau tallied 17 points and 10 boards in 35 minutes. Courtney Lee was the high-man for the Grizz with 18 points.
2-26-14: The Grizzlies have emerged as a candidate to land soon to be free agent Jimmer Fredette. The former BYU standout could be an extra offensive boost as the Grizz prep for a playoff run. Memphis has had interest in Fredette in the past, and has had previous discussions with Sacramento over trade scenarios.
2-25-14: After a 21 game absence due to a hand injury, the Grizzlies welcomed back Tony Allen this past Friday night. The 10th year man and defensive juggernaut is consistently among the team leaders in +/- and posted 9 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action vs the Clippers.
2-24-14: The Grizzlies did not have any representatives in All-Star weekend, which meant the team could get much-needed rest to help them challenge for a playoff spot in the final months of the season. They played just one game this past week, but there was big news for Memphis. After a seven-game absence, Mike Conley returned to score a team-high 22 points in the 98-93 victory over the New York Knicks. He also set new season-highs in free throws made and attempted on Tuesday evening. Just a month ago, the Grizzlies were fighting to get above .500, but they are now playing like one of the league’s best teams.
2-18-14: With Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol leading the way for Memphis, the team is playing closer to the basket, and it is leading to more victories. The Grizzlies went 3-1 this past week, and their only loss came in overtime. On Saturday, they had one of the oddest games in league history. In their 79-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Grizzlies became the first NBA team to attempt one or fewer free throws in a single game. Although the Grizzlies fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, they bounced back to beat both the Washington Wizards and the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately, Gasol left Wednesday’s game at Orlando and now has to get an MRI on his left knee.
2-10-14: The Grizzlies finished their three-game road trip with a perfect record as they beat the Timberwolves by four points in Minnesota. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 26 points and 12 rebounds that evening. Then on Saturday, even without Mike Conley, the Grizzlies made it six wins a row. On Monday, Dave Joerger was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month after leading Memphis to a 12-3 record in January. However, the good news ended there. Conley’s sprained right ankle really hurt the Grizzlies for the rest of the week, as they fell to both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks.
2-4-14: What a week it was for the Grizzlies, who won all four of their games. With Marc Gasol in the lineup, Memphis is now 14-7 this season. Although he has yet to record a double-double since returning from his injury, he has been vital for the team’s success this season. In addition, Tony Allen could be back soon to make Memphis even stronger. After dropping back to a .500 record, the Grizzlies had three days off before they had to get ready for multiple back-to-back sets within six days. They defeated the Houston Rockets twice and then got wins in Portland and in Sacramento.
1-27-14: The Grizzlies extended their winning streak to a season-best five games on Friday with their 91-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Mike Conley’s game-high 25 points led the way that night for Memphis. Zach Randolph’s four blocks in the game were 40 percent of his total this season. In addition, Marc Gasol matched his season-high with four blocks of his own. Then on Monday, although the Grizzlies fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, Zach Randolph registered his 11th career regular-season 20-20 game. He will need to continue to put up those numbers to help Memphis get to the playoffs.
1-20-14: The Grizzlies are less than halfway through the month of January, and they have already won more games in 2014 than they did in all of December. Memphis’ resurgence to playoff contention began when Mike Conley put together consecutive 30-point games for the first time in his career. When the Phoenix Suns traveled to Tennessee on Friday, Conley matched his career-high with 31 points en route to the Grizzlies’ 104-99 win. Then after Memphis defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Marc Gasol returned from a 23-game absence to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. Courtney Lee’s season-high 24 points and Zach Randolph’s game-high 13 rebounds led the Grizzlies to victory. Then, James Johnson became just the second NBA player to come off the bench and block six shots this season, as he helped Memphis beat the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back.
1-7-14: It was another solid week for the Grizzlies as they had a 2-1 record against the likes of the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. Zach Randolph’s game-high 20 points against the Nuggets on Saturday helped Memphis achieve its third win in its last four games. Then on Monday against the Bulls, Mike Conley put up 26 points, but the Grizzlies lost once again as their point guard had a high-scoring performance. Memphis is 0-6 this season when Conley scores at least 24 points. However, the Grizzlies had six double-digit scorers on Thursday en route to their eight-point win at Phoenix.
12-30-13: The Grizzlies finally had a good week, as they try to crawl back to .500. In spite of Carmelo Anthony’s 30 points on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Memphis defeated the New York Knicks, 95-87. Zach Randolph had a team-high 25 points and game-high 15 rebounds in the win. Then on Monday, the Grizzlies put together consecutive victories for the first time in December with a double-digit win against the Utah Jazz. The Memphis bench stepped up in that contest, as Jerryd Bayless scored 17 points in 24 minutes and Mike Miller put up 15 points in 18 minutes. Although the Grizzlies fell to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, a 2-1 week is a step in the right direction for Memphis.
12-22-13: The injuries are beginning to pile up for the Grizzlies. Just as Tony Allen returned to the lineup, Memphis lost both Mike Conley and Tayshaun Prince over the past week. In addition, the Grizzlies continue to miss Marc Gasol as they lost all four of their games in the last seven days. Although only one of the losses was by double digits, this team is not in a good position in such a difficult Western Conference. Dave Joerger has begun his first year as a head coach at 10-15, so it is going to be an uphill climb to make it to the playoffs.
12-13-13: Injuries have hurt the Grizzlies this season. First, it was Marc Gasol, and now it is Quincy Pondexter. At least Gasol should not be out much longer, but Pondexter is out for the season with a stress fracture in his foot. Recently, Memphis has bounced around a .500 record, but it has been difficult for the team to move up in the Western Conference standings. This past week, the Grizzlies had three home games. In the middle one, Zach Randolph led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over the Orlando Magic. However, they lost by a combined 42 points to the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder in the other two contests.
12-7-13: After a strong start to the season, the Grizzlies have been severely hurt by Marc Gasol’s absence due to his sprained MCL. On Saturday, Memphis scored only 88 points in a loss to the struggling Brooklyn Nets. Although the Grizzlies had a comfortable victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, they lost by 20 points to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Without one of their top scorers, the Grizzlies have had to depend more on role players during this tough patch of their schedule. It has been difficult for Mike Conley and Zach Randolph to handle the load, but they will look to continue to stay around .500 without last season’s Defensive Player of the Year.
11-28-13: The 8-7 Memphis Grizzlies had a tough week both on and off the court. On the court they lost two of three games and off the court came the bad news that Marc Gasol has a Grade-2 sprain of his MCL and will be out indefinitely. The good news is that injury does not require surgery and similar injuries have caused players to miss around 6-8 weeks. While obviously it’s not ideal to miss your arguably best player for a few months, it’s far better than missing him the entire year. Kosta Koufas will start in his place.
11-22-13: A four game winning streak, including wins over the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, has helped the Grizzlies rebound from an early 3-5 start to sit at 7-5 on the year. Zach Randolph has been the high scorer in the last four games and the defense is ratcheting back up into the elite level they were at last year. While shooting will always be the main issue in Memphis, the blue-collar defensive intensity that Marc Gasol and crew bring every night is proving that Memphis will remain relevant in the West all year.
Zach Randolph has dropped off considerably and point guard Mike Conley appears to have taken on too much of a scoring load, as this year’s Grizzlies team is struggling to find offense or wins. Memphis sits at just 3-5 through three weeks and has a brutal road trip ahead of them against the Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Warriors in their next four games.
11-8-13: Zach Randolph is aging and the Grizzlies are rolling with a new coach, but otherwise not much has changed. A slow 2-3 start may have fans scratching their heads a bit, but Memphis has lost to two solid teams in the Mavericks and Spurs and another potential up and coming squad in the Pelicans. With great inside men, Memphis shouldn’t have much trouble getting well above .500 in the coming weeks.
11-1-13: This season’s Grizzlies look relatively similar to the 2012-13 version of the team. However, there is a new man at the top of the coaching staff: Dave Joerger, who spent six seasons as an assistant for the Grizzlies. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol is ready to make it four consecutive postseason appearances for the Grizzlies after he had a solid preseason. Kosta Koufos, who the Grizzlies acquired via trade during the offseason, backs up Gasol, giving Memphis depth at the center position. Another newcomer to Memphis is two-time NBA champion Mike Miller, who will be an important outside shooter for the Grizzlies roster.
10-31-13: The Grizzlies have agreed to a four-year, $14 million extension with guard Quincy Pondexter.
10-18-13: The Memphis Grizzlies lost their first two preseason games, 106-87 to the Chicago Bulls and 95-90 to the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies had their best game of the preseason in their 102-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Quincy Pondexter led the team with 24 points and Marc Gasol had seven assists. Gasol is actually leading the team in assists during the preseason with 5.5 per game. Memphis still has four preseason games left:
- Oct 18 at Orlando
- Oct 20 at Atlanta
- Oct 23 at Toronto
- Oct 25 vs Houston
-23-13: The Memphis Grizzlies, in their first full year sans-Rudy Gay, will look to continue their physical, unselfish play and aim to keep themselves at the top of the Western Conference. While the Rockets, Clippers and Warriors made splashier moves this offseason, the Grizzlies aimed to make strategic adjustments to a proven formula. Memphis chose to not bring back former Head Coach Lionel Hollins and instead replaced him with his lead assistant, Dave Joerger. The team also brought back former Grizzlie Mike Miller as a free agent and traded for big man Kosta Koufos from Denver.
Memphis will open their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs, who swept the Grizzlies out of the Western Conference Finals last season, will come to town on Friday, November 22nd and again on Tuesday, January 7th. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit on Wednesday, December 11th and Tuesday, January 14th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Detroit Pistons
- November 25th – Houston Rockets
- December 5th – L.A. Clippers
- December 17th – L.A. Lakers
- April 9th – Miami Heat
8-15-13: The Grizzlies have traded Donte Greene to the Celtics for Fab Melo plus cash.
Grizzlies 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 2, Pick 11: SG Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State.
Round 2, Pick 25: PF Joffrey Lauvergne, France.
Round 2, Pick 30: SF Janis Timma, Latvia
6-12-13: Boasting what many might call the best front line in basketball, the Memphis Grizzles came very close to their first berth into the NBA finals in franchise history. Winning 56 games only earned them a 5 seed, however they were able to knock off the higher seeded Clippers and then the Thunder. Unfortunately the team fizzled out in the conference finals getting swept by a veteran Spurs team. More of the same lies ahead for this club; winning. With not much room to maneuver financially and no first round draft pick, one can assume that the grizzles will come back with much of the same roster. The question that remains is who will be their coach.
2-19-13: The Grizzles are a unique team because they cause such uncomfortable matchup problems for most elite opponents. Utilizing their size inside, Memphis is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the league. Currently at 33-18 the Grizz hold the Western conference 4 seed and also have the best point per game against average in the west. After trading Rudy Gay for what seemed to be a salary shedding move, we will see if the grizzles can be as effective in the playoffs as they were last year. Memphis will resume the second half of the season with winnable games against the bottom of the east. Memphis will certainly contend for the western crowd if all key players can stay healthy.
11-26-12: This Grizzlies team looks ready to contend. With back to back wins against the Thunder and Knicks, Memphis looks ready to take on any competition put in front of them. Memphis ranks in the top 12 in both scoring and scoring defense, a perfect recipe for a winning pedigree. At 9-2 they will face off against the Cavs and Raptors, both home game for the Grizz.