Memphis Grizzlies News
4-27-15: The Memphis Grizzlies were unable to clinch home court advantage through the first round of the Western Conference playoffs despite posting a 55-27 record in the regular season. The Grizzlies clinched the #5 seed this season after finishing second in their division and will travel to Portland to take on the #4 seeded Portland Trail Blazers who went 51-31 this season. These two teams played four times during the regular season and Memphis won all four matchups which is not a great sign of things to come for Portland this series. Game One was played on Sunday afternoon in Portland as each team took their first steps towards an NBA Championship. The Grizzlies had beaten Portland four times this season already and despite being the lower seed in the playoffs Memphis came in with the better overall record. Memphis could not win their division while Portland could exposing the NBA seeding issues in the playoffs but one thing the Grizzlies could win is this contest. For the fifth consecutive time this season the Grizzlies took down Portland with the help of 20 points from Udrih. LaMarcus Aldridge did his best to snap the skid for the Trail Blazers when he led all scorers with 32 points and 14 rebounds but the Grizzlies forward received little help from his supporting cast in yet another loss to the Grizzlies. Memphis leads the best of seven series 1-0. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies faced off again with Memphis as the home team for Game Two of the best of seven series with Portland looking to even the series and looking to steal away home court advantage from the Grizzlies. Another game against the Trail Blazers and another victory for the Grizzlies as Memphis beat Portland for the sixth consecutive time this season including the playoffs. Memphis outscored Portland in each of the final three quarters and only trailed after the opening quarter by one point in an eventual 97-82 victory for the Grizzlies. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers in the contest with 24 points and 14 rebounds but the Trail Blazers forward received little help from his supporting cast in another frustrating loss to the Grizzlies. Memphis leads the best of seven series 2-0. Get your tickets for next week as the team looks to finish off the Trail Blazers and enter the second round of the NBA playoffs.
4-4-15: The Memphis Grizzlies are one step closer to the Western Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 50-22 record that left them with the #2 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #7 seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The Grizzlies started this week by staying at home in Memphis to play host to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Warriors sent a message to the rest of the Western Conference with a convincing victory over a great team 107-84 over the Memphis Grizzlies. The leading scorer in the contest was Stephen Curry who had 38 points for the Warriors while Klay Thompson added 28 in Golden State’s eight straight win. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Grizzlies was led by 16 points each from Mike Conley and Jeff Green but it was not enough in the loss for Memphis. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip down to San Antonio to face off with Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. During the game the San Antonio Spurs presumably put some fear into the second best team in the Western Conference when the Spurs ran all over the Memphis Grizzlies and beat them 103-89. The leading scorer in the contest was Kawhi Leonard who scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Tony Parker dished out six assists in the victory for San Antonio. Meanwhile the Grizzlies scoring attack was led by Zach Randolph who scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Mike Conley had nine assists but it was not enough in the loss for Memphis. The Grizzlies were back out on the court the very next night at home in Memphis playing host to Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings. During the game Memphis got their offense back in the groove and took out their frustrations on a young Sacramento defense in a 97-83 victory for the Grizzlies. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who had 24 points for Sacramento while Tyreke Evans added seven rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Kings. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Grizzlies was led by Mike Conley who had 18 points with help from six assists from Marc Gasol in the victory for Memphis. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 51-24.
3-31-15: The Memphis Grizzlies have the second best record in the Western Conference heading into this new week after posting a 47-21 record to date this season. If the season ended today the Grizzlies would secure the second seed in the West and would play host to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. The Grizzlies started this week by making the trip out to Dallas to face off with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. During the game the Mavericks were held to just 37 points in the first half and despite a huge second half surge still fell to the Grizzlies by the final score of 112-101. The leading scorer in the contest was Zach Randolph who had 21 points for Memphis while Marc Gasol added 15 points in the victory for the Grizzlies. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Mavericks was led by 16 points each from Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris but the second half push fell just short in the loss for Dallas. The Grizzlies were back out on the court the very next night in Memphis when the team played host to LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Trail Blazers may have lost their best player in LaMarcus Aldridge who is battling a hand injury and also lost the game to Memphis by the final score of 97-86. The leading scorer in the contest was Damian Lillard who had 27 points for Portland while Aldridge added 16 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Trail Blazers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Grizzlies was led by 23 points from Jeff Green while Mike Conley added 21 points in the victory for Memphis. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip out to Madison Square Garden to face off against the New York Knicks. During the game the Grizzlies offense woke up against a less than stellar New York defense en route to a 103-82 victory over the Knicks. The leading scorer in the contest was Zach Randolph who had 23 points and five assists for the Grizzlies while Marc Gasol added eight rebounds in the victory for Memphis. Meanwhile the Knicks scoring attack was led by Langston Galloway who had 19 points and seven rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for New York. For the Grizzlies next contest the team stayed home in Memphis to play host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game the Cavaliers sent a message by blowing out one of the top teams in the Western Conference when Cleveland beat the Memphis Grizzlies by the final score of 111-89. The leading scorer in the contest was Kyrie Irving who had 24 points for Cleveland while Thompson added 11 rebounds in the victory for the Cavs. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Grizzlies was led by 18 points from Marc Gasol while Mike Conley added five rebounds in the loss for Memphis. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 50-22. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Golden State Warriors before traveling to San Antonio to face off with the San Antonio Spurs. The team will then finish their week off back at home when the team plays host to the Sacramento Kings.
3-24-15: The Memphis Grizzlies have their eyes on a playoff spot after another strong week last week. With that strong week and a strong second half the Grizzlies are racing towards the playoffs with a 45-20 record. The Grizzlies started this week by staying at home in Memphis to play host to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest Milwaukee managed no more than 22 points in a quarter in an eventual 96-83 loss to the Grizzlies. The leading scorer in the contest was Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 19 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee while Khris Middleton added 17 points in the loss for Milwaukee. Meanwhile the Grizzlies scoring attack was led by 17 points from Courtney Lee while Jeff Green and Zach Randolph added 15 points each in the victory for Memphis. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip back home to Memphis to play host to Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets. During the game the Nuggets offense seemed sluggish in the second game of a back to back while the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage in a 92-81 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was Jameer Nelson who had 24 points for the Nuggets while Tyson Chandler added eight rebounds in the loss for Denver. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Grizzlies was led by 21 points and 16 rebounds in the victory for Memphis. The Grizzlies were back out on the court the very next night in Detroit when the team faced off against the Detroit Pistons. During the game the Pistons overcame a sluggish first half with a big 66 point explosion in the second half to edge the Grizzlies by the final score of 105-95. The leading scorer in the contest was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who scored 24 points for Detroit while Reggie Jackson dished 20 assists and Andre Drummond grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory. Meanwhile Danny Green led the Grizzlies scoring attack with 21 points while Marc Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss for Memphis. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 47-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Dallas to face off with the Dallas Mavericks before returning home to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. The team will then travel to Madison Square Garden to face off with the New York Knicks before returning home to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
3-3-15: The Memphis Grizzlies come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week with one of the best records in the NBA this season sporting a 39-14 record. The Grizzlies started this week by making the trip out to the Moda Center to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road. During the game Portland’s offense was struggling in the worst way before the team exploded for 39 points in the third quarter before falling back to Earth in the fourth. Memphis countered the Trail Blazers big third quarter with a 34 point fourth quarter of their own in an eventual 98-92 victory for Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 18 points and dished out seven rebounds in the contest for Portland while Marc Gasol led all scorers with 21 points in the victory for the Grizzlies. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip out to the Staples Center to face off with Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the high powered Clippers offense was missing star Blake Griffin as the team managed just 87 points in a narrow 90-87 loss to Memphis. Chris Paul picked up the scoring slack left behind with Griffin’s injury as the Clippers guard scored 30 points and added 10 assists while Jamal Crawford added 15 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. Meanwhile the Grizzlies scoring attack was led by 18 points from Mike Conley while Jeff Green added 16 points in the victory for Memphis. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip out to Sacramento to face off with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. During the game Sacramento shot an impressive 49% from the field as a team while the defense held the Grizzlies to just 41% in a 102-90 victory for the Kings. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who scored 28 points for Sacramento while DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore added 16 points each in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile Zach Randolph led a struggling Memphis offense with 20 points while Marc Gasol added 14 points but it 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 41-15. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers before traveling to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team will then travel back home to play host to the Utah Jazz before finishing their week off in Houston facing off with the Houston Rockets.
2-20-15: The Memphis Grizzlies had another great week last week and head into NBA All Star Weekend posting
one of the best records in the NBA this season with a 39-14 record. The Grizzlies started this week by
watching as fans during the NBA All Star Saturday Night festivities before watching Marc Gasol represent
the team in the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with
the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern
Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the
window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as
these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the
way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award
while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo
Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was
not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its
dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 39-14.
2-9-15: The Memphis Grizzlies came into the week after another strong week that left the team atop the
Western Conference with a 34-12 record. The Grizzlies started this week by staying at home in Memphis
to play host to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Grizzlies
surprisingly held a high scoring Thunder offense to just 74 points in an 85-74 victory for Memphis. The
Grizzlies were led once again by Zach Randolph and a double-double as the forward for Memphis scored
21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory over Oklahoma City. The Thunder’s leading scorer was
Kevin Durant when he dropped 15 points while Serge Ibaka grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not nearly
enough in a tough loss for Oklahoma City. For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip to
Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns. During the contest Memphis took a big lead late into the fourth
quarter before allowing Phoenix to climb back in the game late. Mike Conley led the Memphis attack
with 23 points while Koufos added 11 rebounds in a 102-101 victory for the Grizzlies. Isaiah Thomas and
his 24 point night led the charge in the fourth for Phoenix but it fell just short in the loss for the Suns.
For the Grizzlies next contest the team made the trip to Utah to take on Gordon Hayward and the Utah
Jazz. During the game Memphis used a big 58 point first half to coast to a 100-90 victory over Utah. The
Memphis offensive attack was led by Marc Gasol’s 23 points while Zach Randolph added 11 rebounds in
the victory for the Grizzlies. Burke led Utah in scoring with 21 points while Enes Kanter added 10
rebounds but it was not enough in the end in the loss for the Jazz. When the week was all said and done
the team finished with an overall record of 37-12. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to
Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves before returning home to Memphis to play host to the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets. The Wolves will then finish their week off back out on the road in Oklahoma City when the team takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
1-29-15: The Memphis Grizzlies came into the new week after another strong week that left the team with a 27-11 record, one of the best records in all of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies started this week by packing their bags and traveling to Orlando to take on the struggling Orlando Magic. During the contest
both the Magic and the Grizzlies shot 46% from the field but the rebounding superiority from Memphis
decided the contest. The Grizzlies grabbed eight more rebounds than the Magic as the team was led by
21 points from Jeff Green and 16 rebounds from Marc Gasol. Meanwhile the Magic’s attack was led by
22 points from Elfrid Payton but the extra rebounds led to extra shots for Memphis in the 106-96 victory
for the Grizzlies. Memphis was back out on the court the very next night when the team stayed home to
play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Grizzlies used 51% shooting from the field
and a big night from Zach Randolph to take down the Western Conference’s best team 102-98.
Randolph finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies in both categories while
Memphis survived without arguable their best player in Mike Conley. The attack for Portland was led by
32 points from LeMarcus Aldridge and 23 points from Damian Lillard but it was not enough in the loss
for the Trail Blazers. For the Grizzlies next contest the team stayed home inside Memphis to play host to
Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Mavericks
defense caused turnovers and played a great game in a 103-95 victory over the Grizzlies. The Dallas
offense was up to the task as well as Monta Ellis scored 25 points in the contest while Dirk Nowitzki
added 21 points in the victory for the Mavericks. Meanwhile the Grizzlies attack was led by 22 points
from Mike Conley and 20 points from Marc Gasol but it was not enough in the loss to Dallas. For the
Grizzlies next contest the team stayed home in Memphis to play host to DeMar DeRozan and the rest of
the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Raptors were unable to make up a sluggish first three
quarters of shooting in a loss to the Grizzlies. Neither team shot especially well in the first 36 minutes of
the contest but the fourth quarter became a shootout that Memphis would eventually win by the final
score of 92-86. Marc Gasol led that fourth quarter push with 26 points and 5 assists while Zach Randolph
continued to dominate in the rebounding department this season with 13 rebounds. Williams led
Toronto in scoring with 21 points but it was not enough to stop the Grizzlies scoring attack in the loss for
the Raptors. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 30-12.
Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home in Memphis to host a pair of games against the
Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic before traveling to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. The
Grizzlies will then finish their week off back at home when the team plays host to the Denver Nuggets.
1-12-15: The Memphis Grizzlies came into the week with one of the best records in all of the Western Conference after posting a 23-8 record. The Grizzlies started this week by traveling to Staples Center to take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game the Grizzlies overcame 53% shooting from the Lakers and Kobe Bryant’s 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to win the game 109-106. Los Angeles was led by Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis both scoring 20 points each but it was not enough to overcome Mike Conley’s 19 points and Marc Gasol’s 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win for Memphis. The Grizzlies were back on the court the very next night when the team was in Denver taking on the Denver Nuggets. During the game the Nuggets held one of the best teams in the Western Conference to just 43% shooting while shooting 52% as a team in a 114-85 victory over Memphis. The Grizzlies leading scorer was Marc Gasol and he managed just 18 points on the night while Ty Lawson led the way for Denver with 25 points. After 48 minutes the Nuggets had surprisingly blown out the Grizzlies thanks in part to better shooting and 16 more free throws. Memphis looked to keep on the winning side of things during their next contest when the team hosted one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference in the New York Knicks. Before the contest the Knicks traded away Iman Shumpert and JR Smith so the team was a little short-handed for their trip to Memphis and it showed. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies attack in the contest with 22 points while Marc Gasol grabbed 8 rebounds in a 105-83 victory for Memphis. New York’s Acy gave it his all with 19 points and 14 rebounds but without Smith, Shumpert and Carmelo Anthony the Knicks attack fell just short. In a matchup of two first place teams in their divisions Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks played host to Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest Mike Conley narrowly missed a triple-double for the Grizzlies while his Memphis team narrowly missed a victory over the Hawks. Conley finished the contest with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Memphis in all categories but Jeff Teague and the Hawks were that much better. Teague led all scorers with 15 points as his Atlanta teammates won the game by the final score of 96-86. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 25-10. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans before returning home to host the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies will then finish their week off back out on the road facing off with the Brooklyn Nets.
1-2-15: The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the best records in the Western Conference this season after posting a 21-7 record to start the 2014/2015 season. The Grizzlies started this week by staying home in Memphis to play host to James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. During the contest these two teams played the game so close that it was not decided after 48 minutes and a five minute overtime period was needed. In the overtime Houston behind James Harden’s 32 points took over scoring 13 points in a 117-111 victory over the Grizzlies. Memphis was led by 29 points from Marc Gasol but it was not enough in the loss to the Rockets. The Grizzlies were back at it the very next night in Miami taking on Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Heat played undisciplined basketball sending the Grizzlies to the line 37 times and had no answer for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Conley led all scorers for Memphis with 24 points while Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 103-95 victory over Miami. The Heat’s attack was led by 25 points from Dwyane Wade but it was not enough in the loss to Memphis. Memphis looked to end their mini losing streak during their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Grizzlies led the Spurs in almost every notable stat in the box score as Memphis went on to beat San Antonio by the score of 95-87. Mike Conley continued his hot hand at shooting in the contest leading all scorers with 30 points while Marc Gasol added 17 for the Grizzlies in the victory. The Spurs were without Tony Parker in the game and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined for just 15 points which explains the loss for San Antonio. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 23-8. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets before coming home to play host to the New York Knicks. Memphis will then finish their week off back out on the road when the team faces off with the Atlanta Hawks in the Highlight Factory.
12-22-14: The Memphis Grizzlies have started the 2014/2015 campaign with one of the best records in the Western Conference posting a very impressive 17-4 record. The Grizzlies started this week by playing host to Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets team. During the contest Memphis surpisingly had their hands full with the struggling Hornets and their offensive attack. Kemba Walker had 28 points for the Hornets as Charlotte took a lead into the fourth quarter before allowing Memphis back to force overtime. The game was not settled after one overtime period but the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph took over in the second overtime. Randolph finished with 20 points as the Grizzlies narrowly beat the Hornets in double overtime by the score of 113-107. The grizzlies were back at it again the very next night and back at home as they played host to the two win Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Sixers had to feel good taking a huge lead with them into the fourth quarter behind 24 points from Robert Covington. Memphis led an epic comeback in the fourth quarter behind 36 points from Mike Conley as the Grizzlies posted a whopping 41 points in the final quarter to force overtime. The Grizzlies used that momentum in the overtime to take over and win the game by the score of 120-115. The Grizzlies hoped that momentum carried over into their next contest when the team stayed home in Memphis to host the Golden State Warriors. During the contest the Grizzlies held Stephen Curry to just 9-25 shooting in a frustrating game for the Warriors. Klay Thompson shot 50% from the field for Golden State shooting 8-16 with 22 points to lead the Warriors while Curry managed just 19 points in the contest. Memphis countered with 46% shooting from the field as a team led by Marc Gasol’s game leading 24 points. Golden State attempted to mount a fourth quarter comeback but the team fell just short snapping their winning streak at 16 with a 105-98 loss to Memphis. The Grizzlies looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to South Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest it was easy to see that the matchup faced off two good and evenly matched teams. This game took three overtimes to decide after the Spurs chipped away from an early Memphis lead to force the extra period. Marc Gasol led all scorers in the contest with 26 points while Zach Randolph pulled down 21 rebounds for the Grizzlies while Danny Green led San Antonio with 25 points. Memphis and Gasol’s output were one point better in the contest as the Grizzlies took down the Spurs in three overtimes by the score of 117-116. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 21-4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.