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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!

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

 

Grizzlies continue to Win in Philly

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The best things happen when you don’t plan them. It was Friday night, and I realized I had no plans for the entire weekend. I remembered the Grizzlies were playing the 76ers in Philadelphia Saturday night. It’s only a two-hour drive, so I got online and bought a ticket. You only live once right?

I left my house at 4pm and was parked at the Wells Fargo Center just before 6pm. I enjoyed a Philly Chicken Cheesesteak in the Arena Club while waiting for the doors to open at 6:30. Then I immediately made my way to my seat, which was pretty much where I was in DC just a week and a half before. But the Wells Fargo Center must be smaller than the Verizon Center because I was right next to the tunnel and closer to the bench. My favorite James Johnson came out and said Hi, then Z-Bo (aka Zach Randolph) came out and said Hi. James Johnson was signing autographs and I told him to make sure that was a Grizzlies hat he was signing – and he smiled at me. sigh!

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The first half of the game was terrible! The Grizzlies were playing down to the 76ers level. The Sixers have only won 15 games all season, and had just lost 19 in a row. At halftime, the Grizzlies were only up 45-36 and shooting 50%. Both ZBo and Gasol were visibly aggravated with their performance. The second half was much better. The Grizzlies came out like a whole new team. James Johnson finally made it in toward the end of the game and had a fantastic dunk! I love being that close to the bench. At one time out, Mike Conley was just jammin out to the song. With about six minutes left, we were up by 30 so I decided to leave. I was home by 11:30 – I made great time! The final score was Grizzlies 103 and Sixers 77. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Z-Bo added 14 points.

The Grizzlies are on their way to the playoffs, hopefully. With any any luck, the Grizzlies will again have a home playoff game while I’m in Memphis in May. By the way if the Grizzlies were in the Eastern Conference, they would be in third place – a definite for the playoffs. Hopefully, we will continue to win and finish out the season strong!

Grizzlies defeat Wizards 110-104 in DC

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I didn’t think it was going to happen. Since October, I had my tickets to the only game my Memphis Grizzlies were going to play in DC. Then another snowstorm hit. We had about 7 inches of snow with some ice mixed in, but I made it to the Verizon Center in DC. We arrived at the Green Turtle at the Verizon Center just after 5pm – tip off was at 7. The bar was full of Grizzlies fans. We had our pregame beers and wings and was in our seats when the doors opened at 6. Same seats as last year. Front row behind Grizzlies bench, well to the left near the tunnel where the Grizzlies come out. Z-Bo came out first and shot around and took pictures with fans. There were lots of Grizzlies fans in attendance. When my favorite player Tony Allen came out, he pointed to each group of us Grizz fans. Toward the end of the fourth quarter when we were up by 17, we started chanting “Let’s Go Grizzlies” really loud. Someone from the Grizzlies front office came over and sat down with us and thanked us for coming out and making it feel like a home game. Very cool! Unfortunately, we lost that huge lead and were only up by 2 with seconds left but luckily we held on and won 110-104. Tayshaun Prince had a season-high 21 points, Mike Conley had 20 points and 7 assists, and Zach Randolph had his 36th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Unfortunately, my new favorite player James Johnson did not play due to a sprained ankle. My favorite part of the game was when my favorite player Tony Allen dunked and then the entire bench imitated his signature pose. Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

Spurs stop Grizzlies comeback, winning 110-108 in OT

(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)

If you are a Memphis Grizzlies fan, last night’s game was encouraging, heartbreaking, but encouraging. If you are a San Antonio Spurs fan, not so much. The Southwest Division leaders almost let the last place Grizzlies come from behind and defeat them, almost.

San Antonio led the entire game. With five minutes left, the Spurs were ahead by 16 points. At the buzzer, Memphis tied the game sending it into overtime. With 1.8 seconds left in OT, Ginobili drove a layup putting the Spurs up 110-108. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, that is how the game ended.

Mike Conley’s game-high 30 points did not include his three-pointer at the buzzer in Overtime – unfortunately it fell short. James Johnson had a season-high 15 points off the bench last night. In his debut in Memphis, Courtney Lee scored 12 points. (This was Lee’s first game as a Grizzlie after he was traded from the Celtics for Jerryd Bayless). Being double-teamed all night, Zach Randolph scored 17 points with eight rebounds.

This was the San Antonio’s seventh straight win against Memphis. The Grizzlies dropped to 0-9 against Southwest Division opponents. Memphis’ loss in the final seconds of Overtime after a 16 point deficit was heartbreaking, but encouraging. It showed the Grizzlies never give up, displaying that ‘Grit n Grind’ even though the ‘Grindfather’ Tony Allen is benched with a hand injury. The Grizzlies take on the Suns Friday in Memphis.

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Why I Love Tony Allen

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(Photo Credit: Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

(Photo Credit: Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

Tony Allen came to the Grizzlies the last year I lived in Memphis, so I didn’t get a chance to fall in love with him. I loved Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph. It wasn’t until last season while living back in Maryland that I realized just how great Tony Allen is. I always catch onto things a little late – I didn’t get into Nirvana until a few months before Kurt died.

Here are just some of the reasons why Tony Allen is now my favorite NBA player:
- TA wears #9, my favorite number. i always notice players who wear #9.
- TA is a great basketball player, a great defensive player – named to NBA All Defensive Team the past three seasons.
- TA has bravado, an ego.
- TA is great on Twitter. he interacts with his fans and has even retweeted me a few times. follow him @aa000G9
- TA is all HEART, all passion. and this above all else is why i love Tony Allen.

To me passion is more important than talent, for sports players as well as music artists. Usually players (or artists) have one or the other, but Tony Allen has both! Thanks Tony for showing Memphis and the rest of the world what playing with heart looks like!

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Grizzlies Win 3rd straight in California, ending Clippers winning streak

(Photo Credit: Harry How/NBAE/Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Harry How/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Harry How/NBAE/Getty Images)

Lob City? Not last night. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 106-102, ending the Clippers four-game winning streak and giving them their first loss at home. This was the Grizzlies third straight win in California, improving their record to 6-5. Maybe Slam Magazine would like to change their prediction of Clippers finishing first in the West and Grizzlies finishing sixth.

Last night was the rematch of that great first-round playoff series last season when the Grizzlies eliminated the division champs Clippers. Last night’s game was almost as suspenseful with the game being tied seven times and the lead changing six times. The physicality of last season between these two conference rivals also continued last night. Tony Allen was ejected in the first quarter with a ‘flagrant’ foul called for kicking Chris Paul in the face. Allen went up to block Paul and the momentum of the jump propelled his leg to go up. I wouldn’t exactly call that ‘flagrant,’ and Allen made sure Paul knew it by going up to him at the foul line to apologize and declare it was not on purpose – Paul agreed it was not.

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph recorded his 7th double-double of the season last night with 26 points and 15 rebounds – 13 of those points and 6 of those rebounds were in the first quarter. Marc Gasol almost had a triple-double with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Mike Conley had 5 assists and scored 8 of his 15 points in a four-minute span in the fourth quarter.

The Clippers Blake Griffin had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Paul recorded his 11th straight double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. Paul ties Magic Johnson for most points, assists and double-doubles to start a season. Johnson had 11 double-doubles in the 1990-1991 season.

Memphis has won three straight games in California defeating the Lakers 89-86, the Kings 97-86 and the Clippers 106-102. The Grizzlies play the Warriors Wednesday night to finish their West Coast road trip before returning home to host the Western Conference Champions Spurs in Memphis on Friday.

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Jerryd Bayless Scores 15 in 4th to push Grizzlies past Celtics 95-88

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Despite plaguing turnovers, the Grizzlies claw past the Celtics to win 95-88 behind Jerryd Bayless’ 15-point fourth quarter. Memphis started off strong leading Boston 22-14, but then ended the first quarter only up 27-24. The second quarter was bad for the Grizzlies who only made one basket in four minutes. At the half, the Grizzlies trailed the Celtics 46-50 making only 40% of their shots. Memphis started the second half strong, but only for a couple minutes. At the end of the third quarter, the Grizzlies still trailed the Celtics 66-72. After a 9-2 run, Memphis tied Boston at 82 with five minutes left in the game – thanks to Jerryd Bayless. It was an all Jerryd Bayless fourth quarter! All of Bayless’ 15 points came in the fourth quarter, which led the Memphis Grizzlies to victory over the Boston Celtics 95-88.

Also contributing to the Grizzlies win was Zach Randolph, who scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, Mike Conley, who scored 15 points with 8 assists, and Marc Gasol, who scored 14 points with 8 rebounds. Celtics Jeff Green scored a game high 22 points, and Jared Sullinger scored 16 points. This Celtics loss is the first time Boston has started off the season 0-4 since 1969.

Over the past three years, the Memphis Grizzlies have won 70% of their home games. But they are going to have to stop all the turnovers and make better shots if they want to keep their home winning percentage up. The Grizzlies continue their home stand Wednesday against the Pelicans.

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Grizzlies Grit & Grind past Pistons to win Home Opener 111-108 in OT

(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)

Down by five points with 43 seconds remaining in regulation of their home opener, the Grizzlies rallied to defeat the Pistons 111-108 in overtime in front of a sold out crowd at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Grizzlies Mike Conley was the game high scorer with 22 points, 19 of those coming after halftime. Zach Randolph had a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Allen scored 16 points. Eight of Marc Gasol’s 15 points came in the fourth quarter. Pistons Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey each had 19 points.

Memphis made seven turnovers in the first quarter and trailed Detroit 17-21. The second quarter was better for the Grizzlies, who had less turnovers and made their shots. Mike Miller was sinking his three-pointers, and Randolph finally came alive and was hitting his shots. Memphis led 47-41 at the half. In the third quarter, the Grizzlies were causing turnovers instead of turning over the ball like in the first quarter. Memphis put up an early ten point lead in the third quarter, but ended up trailing by two 65-67. With 20 seconds left in regulation, an offensive interference call prevented Detroit from putting the game away. Memphis tied the game up 95-95 and headed to overtime. With two steals and a key block by last season’s defensive player of the year Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies grit and grind defense pushed past the Pistons to win their home opener 111-108 in overtime.

Click here for highlights of the game. Tonight, the Grizzlies go to Dallas to take on the Mavericks and return home home Monday to play the Celtics.

For all your Grizzlies news, follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays.

Memphis Grizzlies Lose 13th Season Opener

(photo by D. Clarke Evans)
(photo by D. Clarke Evans)

(Photo Credit: D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies losing streak on opening night extended to 13 (the longest in sports) in a 94-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs last night in a Western Conference Finals rematch. The Grizzlies have not won a season opener since they moved to Memphis. It was the Grizzlies 9th straight regular season loss in San Antonio.

Memphis was up 20-18 at the end of the first quarter, and that was the last time they had the lead. The Grizzlies missed 13 shots in a row going nine minutes without a basket only scoring two field goals in the second quarter. The Spurs led 48-27 at the half. Memphis scored more points in the third quarter then they did in all of the first half. The Grizzlies closed the gap and were down 58-72 after three quarters. Tim Duncan left the game with a chest contusion from a elbow jab by Tony Allen. With seven minutes left in the game, Memphis was within 5 points of San Antonio – after being down by 21 at the half. The shots that weren’t falling in the first half were falling in the second half for the Grizzlies. But the Spurs are the heartbreakers of the NBA. They don’t make mistakes, and they make big shots. After a hard faught second half, the Memphis Grizzlies lost 94-101 to the San Antonio Spurs.

High scorer of the game was Grizzlies Tony Allen with 15 points overall, including going three for three in three-pointers. Mike Conley scored 14 points and had seven assists. Marc Gasol had 14 points and nine rebounds. Quincy Pondexter provided 13 points off the bench. Mike Miller contributed with 11 points. Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw each scored 14 points, while Tony Parker added 13 points and nine assists. San Antonio’s bench scored 53 points.

To watch highlights from the game, click here. The Grizzlies take on the Pistons Friday November 1st in their home opener in Memphis.

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