Memphis Grizzlies News
12-15-14: The Memphis Grizzlies have started the 2014/2015 season with one of the best records in all of the Western Conference posting a very impressive 15-3 record to start the campaign. The Grizzlies started this week by traveling back home to Memphis to play host to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest Memphis came out of the gate sluggish and struggled to make up an early deficit against a strong Spurs defense. The Grizzlies scored just 14 points in the first quarter and even when they broke out with 32 points in the second quarter they were outdone by a 33 point quarter from the Spurs. Manu Ginobili led the San Antonio offensive attack with 17 points but it was the Spurs three point shooting that was the difference in the 107-101 victory over the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies looked to return to their winning ways in their contest when they traveled home to host the Miami Heat in Memphis. During the contest Miami shot an impressive 49% from the field but the Grizzlies were that much better finishing with 59% shooting from the field. Memphis made things much worse on the Heat by knocking down 82% of their free throws while also having the hot hand from beyond the three point line. Dwyane Wade led all scorers in the contest for the Heat with 25 points but it was the Grizzlies forward Jon Leuer’s double-double that propelled Memphis to an easy 103-87 victory over Miami. The team’s next contest had all the makings of a shootout as two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks, went head to head in Memphis. During the contest Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies and Chandler Parsons for the Mavericks traded buckets for much of the night. Both players scored 30 points each to lead their respected teams but the Grizzlies supporting cast was just a little better in the contest. The Mavericks had five players that scored in double figures while Memphis had six in a 114-105 victory for Memphis over Dallas. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-4. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team head home to Memphis to host the Charlotte Hornets before setting out on the road to face off with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Grizzlies will then return home to Memphis to face off with the Golden State Warriors before finishing their week off in San Antonio taking on the San Antonio Spurs.
12-5-14: The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference through the first five weeks of the season as the team has posted a 13-2 record. The Grizzlies started this week by packing their bags and setting out on the road to face off with the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland. During the contest the Blazers had no answer for the Grizzlies hot shooting hand as Memphis finished the contest with a staggering 54% shooting percentage. Marc Gasol led the way for Memphis scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists as the Grizzlies center narrowly missed a triple-double. Wesley Matthews matched Gasol’s 26 points for the Blazers but his supporting cast was not up to task as Portland fell to Memphis in this contest by the score of 112-99. The Grizzlies were looking to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings on the road. During the contest the Kings went ice cold from beyond the arc knocking down just one of their eleven three point shots which really killed any runs the team went on. Luckily for Sacramento the Grizzlies were equally as cold from beyond the arc going just 3-13 from three point land. In fact each team had comparable stats across the board with exception of two key stats, turnovers and shot attempts. The Kings turned the ball over 10 more times in the contest which led to nine more shot attempts for the Grizzlies which propelled Memphis to a 97-85 victory over Sacramento. The Grizzlies looked to keep their winning ways going in their final contest of the week when the team traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets. During the contest Memphis finished with a better shooting percentage and knocked down more free throws then the Rockets which usually makes for a winning recipe. That was not the case in this contest as the Grizzlies were ice cold from beyond the arc shooting just 2-13 while Houston knocked down ten big three point shots. The Rockets also out-rebounded the Grizzlies in the contest which led to more shooting opportunities and a 105-96 victory over Memphis. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-3. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team travels back home to play host to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.
11-28-14: The Memphis Grizzlies have the best record in all of the NBA as the team has posted a very impressive 10-2 record to start the 2014/2015 campaign. Memphis took their best record in the NBA with them after a month’s worth of games and looked to improve in the season’s second month. The Grizzlies started this week by playing host to the Boston Celtics at home in Memphis. The Celtics had a slow start in the first half of this contest as Boston only managed 41 points in the half. This slow start was hard to make up, especially against a tough Memphis team, as the team ultimately fell to Memphis by the score of 117-100. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol’s 32 points and Zach Randolph’s 16 points and 16 rebounds double-double in the victory for Memphis. Memphis looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest as the team stayed home to host the Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown. In the game Marc Gasol added 30 more points and 12 rebounds while the Grizzlies as a whole shot 49% from the field in the contest. The Clippers were led by 22 points from Chris Paul in the contest but the Los Angeles guard had little help from his team in the game. The Clippers as a team shot just 42% from the field in the contest as the Memphis Grizzlies won again by the score of 107-91. Memphis spent the night before Thanksgiving playing their final game of the week as the road team in Los Angeles against the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Grizzlies held Kobe Bryant in check allowing 22 points to the Lakers star. The good news for Memphis was that 10 of Bryant’s 22 points came on the free throw line as Bryant finished shooting just 5-15 on the night. Bryant’s efforts were not enough as the Lakers fell to the Grizzlies in this contest by the score of 99-93. Memphis was led by 19 points each from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in the game as the Grizzlies out-shot and out-rebounded the Lakers in the contest. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 13-2. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team traveled out on the road to take on the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets.
11-21-14: The Memphis Grizzlies had one of the best starts to the young 2014/2015 season as the team posted an
impressive 8-1 record in the first two full weeks of the new campaign. The Grizzlies started this week by
playing their third consecutive home game when they welcomed the Detroit Pistons to town. The
Grizzlies were led by 23 points from Marc Gasol but the team shot just 37% from the field and 27% from
beyond the arc in the contest. The Pistons were led by 21 points from Kyle Singler but this contest came
down to the free throw line. The Pistons knocked down just 10-17 shots from the charity stripe while
Memphis took full advantage hitting 27-33 from the line as the Grizzlies went on to win the game by the
score of 95-88. Memphis completed the teams four game home stand this week by playing the Houston
Rockets in a game which matched up two of the NBA’s best teams in the league this season head-to-
head. In the contest Memphis had seven players score in double figures including a team leading 18
points from Mike Conley as the Grizzlies went on to blow out the Rockets by the score of 119-93.
Houston has just three players that scored in double figures in the contest including Trevor Ariza, Dwight
Howard, and Patrick Beverely. James Harden, Houston’s best player, was held to just six points on 1-8
shooting on the night in the loss for the Rockets. Memphis played their final game of the week out on
the road in Toronto as the Grizzlies tried to take down the Raptors in Toronto. Memphis had control of
this contest for much of the game as the Grizzlies took a six point lead with them into the fourth quarter
before the Raptors offense came to life. Toronto scored 27 times in the final quarter led by DeMar
DeRozan’s 21 points while the Raptors held the Grizzlies to just 17 points in the final quarter. The
Raptors went on to win the game by the final score of 96-92. Marc Gasol’s 22 points and 12 rebounds
was not enough in the loss for the Grizzlies. When the week was all said and done the team finished
with an overall record of 10-2. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team hosts the Boston
Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers before setting out on the road to play the Los Angeles Lakers to
finish their week.
11-14-14: The Memphis Grizzlies had a great start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team went undefeated in the first full week of the season posting a 5-0 record. The Grizzlies started this week by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road in a matchup of an undefeated Grizzlies team against a winless Thunder team. In the game the Thunder played the Grizzlies close for much of the contest behind 22 points from Reggie Jackson. Oklahoma City’s defense could not stop Mike Conley in the contest as the Grizzlies guard led all scorers with 20 points as the Grizzlies went on to narrowly beat the Thunder by the score of 91-89. The next night the Grizzlies were back on the road this time taking on the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game the Bucks were led by 18 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo who played over 30:00 off the bench for Milwaukee. The Grizzlies kept things close on the free throw line as the team scored 31 points from the line but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies lost a close contest to the Bucks by the score of 93-92. Memphis looked to bounce back after the tough loss in their next contest when they hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at home. In the contest Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points while Beno Udrih added 16 points in a 107-102 victory over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 28 points in the contest but once again had little help from his supporting cast in yet another loss for Los Angeles. Memphis looked to finish off yet another strong week by hosting the Sacramento Kings at home to finish the week. Rudy Gay led the Kings scoring attack with 25 points while DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points for Sacramento as the team went into the fourth quarter with a 15 point lead. Memphis came roaring back in the final quarter behind 22 points from Mike Conley and 20 points from Marc Gasol setting up the final shot. That final shot came from the hand of Memphis’ Courtney Lee as the Grizzlies went on to win the game by the score of 111-110.When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-1. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team hosts the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets before setting out on the road to play the Toronto Raptors in a road game to finish out the week.
11-7-14: The Memphis Grizzlies started their 2014/2015 season off last week by edging the Minnesota
Timberwolves at home to start the year off with a 1-0 record. With the 2014/2015 season entering its
first full week the Grizzlies traveled to play both the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets in back to
back nights. In Indiana Zach Randolph scored 22 points while Marc Gasol added 20 points while the
Pacers attack was led by 16 Chris Copeland points in a Pacers loss to the Grizzlies by the score of 97-89.
The next night in Charlotte both the Grizzlies and the Hornets went cold as both teams had horrible
nights shooting from the field. Al Jefferson led the Hornets scoring attack in the contest with 19 points
but Marc Gasol’s 22 points were enough for the Grizzlies to push their record to 3-0 on the season as
they edged the Hornets by the score of 71-69. Two nights later the Grizzlies were back at home to take
on the New Orleans Pelicans. In the contest the Grizzlies Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Tony Allen had
double-doubles as all five starters scored in double digits. Meanwhile the Pelicans had a rough night
shooting from the field as the team shot 34% from the field, 17% from beyond the three point line, and
66% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies defeated the Pelicans on this night in convincing fashion by
the score of 93-81. To finish the week off the Grizzlies were back out on the road as they faced off with
the Phoenix Suns. In the game Memphis was led by Mike Conley and Courtney Lee who combined for 46
points on a combined 18-28 shooting. Phoenix had four players that scored in double digits in the
contest but this game but decided beyond the arc. Memphis shot 53% on three point shots nailing nine
shots beyond the arc while Phoenix only nailed 38% of their shots beyond the three point line. With the
shots from beyond the arc the Grizzlies took down the Suns by the score of 102-91. When the week was
all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-0. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week
as the team travels to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder and Milwaukee to take on the Bucks before
heading back home. Once home the Grizzlies will host the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.
10-31-14: The Memphis Grizzlies tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Minnesota Timberwolves at home in Memphis. The Grizzlies were 3-5 this preseason as the team gears up for what could be Marc Gasol’s final season in a Grizzlies jersey. Gasol will be a free agent after this season and is likely to be heavily persuaded by the New York Knicks for their triangle offense although Marc is open to a return to Memphis. Memphis and Gasol got their season started by hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves and Gasol and Zach Randolph came to play. Gasol finished with 32 points leading all scorers while Randolph chipped in 25 points as the Grizzlies were able to take down the Timberwolves by the score of 105-101. Thaddeus Young had 26 points for the Wolves but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies offense was too much for Minnesota. Get your Grizzlies tickets for next week as the team travels to Indiana to take on the Pacers and travels to Charlotte to take on the Hornets before coming home to host the New Orleans Pelicans. Memphis will finish the week off on the road when they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns.
10-29-14: The Grizzlies won 50 games last season and took the Thunder to seven games in the Western Conference First Round. Their success last season has caused a 66.9% increase in secondary market ticket price since last season at FedExForum. The average price for Grizzlies tickets this season is $107.01, whereas last season’s team had a $64.08 average. This year’s roster also included Vince Carter, whose veteran experience will be a pivotal contribution to a team hoping to make a deep playoff push.
10-24-14: The Memphis Grizzlies added a huge piece to their roster in Vince Carter over the offseason, though bade farewell to Mike Miller, who left to join LeBron James in Cleveland. The team finished with 50 wins last season but lost to the Thunder in seven games in the First Round of the playoffs. They have had an erratic preseason, going just 3-4 over seven games.
10-15-14: The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t get off to a great start to their preseason, which kicked off on Oct 8 with a 86-83 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, followed a loss to Houston, a 93-88 win over Atlanta, and a 117-107 loss to OKC Thunder in the Grizzlies last outing on Oct 14. Next up on the Grizzlies preseason schedule is a meeting with Flamengo this Friday at the FedEx Forum, followed by three remaining preseason games with Dallas, Cleveland, and Miami before the Grizzlies kick off their regular season on Oct 29 at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
10-8-14: The Memphis Grizzles kick off their preseason tonight when they face the Milwaukee Bucks at the Resch Center. Memphis will then travel to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets the next day, followed by a October 11 matchup with the Atlanta Hawks at home, with the remaining preseason games against teams such as the Thunder, Mavericks, Cavaliers, and Heat to finish out their preseason schedule. Memphis took the eighth seed in the West last season despite winning 50 games and were a very dangerous team in a wild Western Conference. This team is bound to make noise again with their two skilled big men up front and improving point guard in Mike Conley.
9-22-14: The Memphis Grizzlies in their first season under first time head coach Dave Joerger underperformed largely due to Marc Gasol being injured in the first half of the season. They still managed to come in as a 7th seed and take the OKC Thunder to 7 games. The Grizzlies biggest weakness in the playoffs was their three point shooting. The supplement that they signed Vince Carter to a three year deal. Carter who experienced a sort of basketball renaissance playing for the Dallas Mavericks the last couple seasons, is 37 and will be 40 if he plays out his contract. Memphis looks to get back to the conference finals and look to Carter to help them get there.
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.