Coming off their best season in franchise history, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to continue their success of last season. Memphis went 4-4 in the preseason. The Grizzlies lost to the Bulls and Mavericks, then defeated Maccabi Haifa (Israeli Basketball Premier League), Bucks, Magic and Hawks, then lost their final two preseason games to the Raptors and Rockets.
This preseason Memphis has adjusted to new head coach Dave Joerger’s new fast-paced, more movement offense. But never fear, the Grizzlies are still maintaining their signature “Grit and Grind” attitude. The new players (Nick Calathes, Kosta Koufas and Mike Miller) are a welcome addition to the core returning players (Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen). Keeping the fast offensive tempo, Calathes has shown great passing ability. Koufas has been a rebounding machine. Miller has been shooting great, especially his three-pointers which the Grizzlies desperately need.
This week Memphis waived Andre Barrett, Melvin Ely, Tony Gaffney and Willie Reed. (And I was really enjoying Reed’s tweets too!) Yesterday the NBA fined Ed Davis $15k for an “excessive foul” against Houston Friday. Davis was ejected from the game after hitting Donatas Motiejunas in the face on a block attempt. Personally, it looked like Davis’s arm just accidentally hit Motiejunas in the face as it was coming down – nothing ‘excessive’ about it.
Tonight the Memphis Grizzlies open their regular season on road in the Western Conference Finals rematch against the San Antonio Spurs. Hopefully this time the Grizzlies defense will do a better job of containing Tony Parker, who averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 assists during the Spurs four-game sweep.
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