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Memphis Grizzlies 50 Wins and 7th in West

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With their 50th win of the season, their 14th consecutive win at home and fifth win in a row, the Memphis Grizzlies clinch the seventh seed in the Western Conference defeating the Dallas Mavericks 106-105 in overtime. This win gives No. 7 Memphis a first-round playoff matchup with No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder.

The game was tied up 93-93 at the end of regulation. With 1.1 seconds left in OT, Mike Conley was fouled and made both free throws to put the Grizzlies up 106-105. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 27 points and 14 rebounds for his 47th double-double of the season. Mike Conley scored 22 points and had five assists. Marc Gasol scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and nine assists. Tony Allen added 13 points.

The Grizzlies set a franchise record with their 14th consecutive home win. The Mavs were the last team to beat the Grizzlies in Memphis back on February 5. Memphis became the seventh team in the West with 50 wins this season. This is the Grizzlies’ third 50-win season in franchise history. This season saw the highest attendance (averaging 16,718) at FedExForum since the Grizzlies’ inaugural 2004-05 season in Memphis.

With the win, the Grizzlies (50-32) moved up to the seventh seed in the Western Conference pushing Dallas (49-33) down to the eighth seed. Memphis will open the postseason Saturday night at Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies beat the Thunder in the semifinals last season, but only won one out of four games with OKC this season.

Memphis is considered the scariest underdog in the playoffs. The Grizzlies slow down the pace of the game more than any other team in the NBA. With their size and defensive intensity, the Grizzlies will ‘Grit and Grind’ their way to victory over the Thunder. Believe Memphis!

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1 - Sat April 19, Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 21, Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 24, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sat April 26, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., ESPN/R
Game 5 * Tue April 29, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 1, Oklahoma City at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 3, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TNT

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Photo Credit: Mike Brown / EFE

Grizzlies Clinch 4th Consecutive Playoff Berth with Win over Suns

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In their fourth consecutive win, the Memphis Grizzlies clinch their fourth consecutive playoff berth while eliminating the Phoenix Suns. Monday night the Grizzlies defeated the Suns in Phoenix 97-91. Grizzlies Zach Randolph scored a season-high 32 points, 13 in the first quarter. The last time Z-Bo scored 32 points was also against the Suns two years ago. Mike Miller also scored a season-high 21 points, 15 of those points were three-pointers. Marc Gasol added 18 points.

This has been an amazing 180 for the Memphis Grizzlies, who were 13-16 and in 12th place at end of December. Since then, the Grizzlies have one of best records in the NBA at 36-16. One of the keys to this transformation was Marc Gasol. Memphis was only 10-13 when Gasol was out with a sprained knee from November through January. With Gasol in the lineup, the Grizzlies are 39-19.

The Grizzlies final regular season game is against the Mavericks in Memphis on Wednesday night. If they win, the Grizzlies will be the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and will face the No. 2 seed in the first round of the playoffs, which will most likely be the OKC Thunder. If Memphis wins, it will be the Grizzlies’ 50th win and the third 50-win season in franchise history.

BELIEVE MEMPHIS!

My 2014 Summer Concerts

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Whether U2 tours or not this year, I have plenty of other concerts planned. In fact, I am going to at least one concert or festival each month from May to September. My summer concert season includes a music festival in Memphis, Maryland’s governor, the King’s daughter, five guys from Boston, a rap god and a shindig in Baltimore.

memphisinmay_02_isaac_singletonI make my annual trek to Memphis the first weekend in May to attend the Beale Street Music Festival. I have attended this great festival for the past 13 years. This year I am excited to see Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, Third Eye Blind, Dropkick Murphys, Kid Rock, Patti Labelle, Joan Jett, Blues Traveler, and of course Jerry Lee Lewis who I’ve seen play every year at MusicFest. The festival is Friday May 2 through Sunday May 4, but I am going down Thursday May 1 and staying through Monday May 5 to take in all the sites of my favorite city.

On June 7th, I am going to see Black 47 and O’Malley’s March at Baltimore Soundstage. Black 47 is this great celtic rock band from New York I used to see in the early 1990s. Opening for them, is Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s band O’Malley’s March. I saw them years ago at Mick O’Shea’s in Baltimore covering U2′s “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” O’Malley was just the Mayor then.

7 me and lisa marie 6.15.12Just a few days later, I am driving up to Pennsylvania to see my favorite Lisa Marie Presley at back-to-back shows. The first show is on June 12th is in Bethlehem, PA at the Musikfest Cafe. I have the VIP meet and greet package for this show, so I will be lucky enough to meet Lisa again! The next night Lisa is playing the Harrah’s Casino in Philly, technically it’s Chester. I just have a regular ticket for the this show. This trip to Pennsylvania will make 19 times I have seen Lisa Marie Presley in concert and the sixth time I have been fortunate enough to meet her.

71ab-goodnight-mohegan-sun-5-29-13In July I am going see my other favorite NKOTB for four shows in Las Vegas! New Kids on the Block are only playing four concerts in the U.S. this year, and I am going to all of them. NKOTB are playing at the Axis at Planet Hollywood July 10-13. This will bring my total to 15 NKOTB shows since my first concert in 1990 (they were my first concert ever). I am very excited about going to back to Vegas. I haven’t been since I celebrated my 40th birthday there in 2012. I will again be staying at Ballys, just two casinos down the strip from Planet Hollywood.

On the 37th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, I will be at the Eminem and Rhiana ‘Monster’ show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on August 16th. I have always wanted to see Eminem in concert. I got a GA ticket (standing on the floor) so I could walk around, and I figured it would be closer to the stage than a seat in the stands. Eminem and Rhiana are only playing three shows on their ‘Monster’ tour: Detroit, Los Angeles and New York (which is really New Jersey).

007Just as I did last year, I will finish my summer concert season in Baltimore at The Shindig music festival at Carroll Park on September 27th. I again bought a VIP ticket, so I can relax on the couches in the tents and won’t have to spend half of the day in lines for food, drink or the bathroom. This year I am really excited to see Lucero and Jane’s Addiction at The Shindig.

Follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays as I live tweet with pics n vids throughout my summer concert season. 

Will the Grizzlies Make the Playoffs?

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With just seven games left, will the Memphis Grizzlies make it back to the playoffs? Winning just two games of their five-game road trip, the Grizzlies are back in the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

There are three teams vying for two playoff spots in the West: The Dallas Mavericks, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns. One of these teams could make NBA history by being the first team to miss the playoffs with 50 wins. If they were in the Eastern Conference, they would be in third place. Currently, these three teams have identical records at 44-31. If they remained tied, the Grizzlies have the advantage over the Suns winning the season series 3-0 but fall to the Mavs losing the season series 0-3.

Western Conference Standings
Team Win-Loss Winning Percentage Games Back Conference Record
7 Dallas 44-31 .587 15 24-21
8 Memphis 44-31 .587 15 25-22
9 Phoenix 44-31 .587 15 24-21

The reigning Western Conference finalist Memphis Grizzlies have overcome a coaching change, a slow start and major injuries to have one of the best records in the NBA since January. In their remaining seven games, the Grizzlies will play four playoff-caliber teams, including the Mavs at home and the Suns in Phoenix. Since the Spurs and Heat have clinched their playoff spots, maybe their key players will rest and give the Grizzlies a break.

The Final 7 Grizzlies Games

April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Fri 4 vs Denver  

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
6:00 PM ESPN
Sun 6 San Antonio

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6:00 PM SportSouth
Wed 9 vs Miami  

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM ESPN
Fri 11 vs Philadelphia  

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM SportSouth
Sun 13 L.A. Lakers

Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
8:30 PM SportSouth NBATV
Mon 14 Phoenix

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
9:00 PM SportSouth
Wed 16 vs Dallas  

FedExForum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM SportSouth

 

Welcome to Baltimore Nelson Cruz

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The Baltimore Orioles are 1-1 in their first two games of the season against the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox on Opening Day Monday 2-1, then Baltimore lost to Boston Wednesday 6-2. Outfielder Nelson Cruz scored all four of the Orioles’ runs.

In February, the Orioles signed Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal. Cruz played with the Texas Rangers for the past eight seasons, including a 50-game suspension last year due to a steroid scandal.

Nelson Cruz was the Opening Day hero Monday in his first game as an Oriole. Cruz scored Baltimore’s first run then homered in the seventh inning, breaking a 1-1 tie giving the Birds a 2-1 win over the Sox. Cruz is the 25th Oriole in club history to homer in his first game. On Wednesday’s 6-2 loss, Cruz tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-run blast.

Word on the street is Nelson Cruz still hasn’t found a place to live in Baltimore. I hope he finds a place soon because Cruz is responsible for all of the Orioles’ 2014 offense.

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