The last time I wrote about my Memphis Grizzlies, I was very bitter and disillusioned with the NBA. The Grizzlies had just lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in round one of the playoffs. I BELIEVE the NBA did not want a small market team like the Grizzlies (actually the smallest tv market) to advance in the playoffs. And the NBA certainly did not want their league MVP, Kevin Durant, to get knocked out in the first round.
Now it is six months later, and my faith is restored and I am very hopeful for this NBA season. My Memphis Grizzlies are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history! The Grizzlies have won 16 consecutive regular season home games, setting a franchise record. And for the first time since moving to Memphis, the Grizzlies won their home opener. Zach Randolph has had four double doubles in four games, Marc Gasol had a career high 32 points in the home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tony Allen had a career high 11 rebounds last night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Not bad for the first four games of the season.
In the home opener on October 29, the Grizzlies defeated the Timberwolves 105-101 for their first home opener win since the team moved from Vancouver. Zach Randolph “Z-Bo” and Marc Gasol “Big Spain” combined for 57 points, more than half of the Grizzlies points. Gasol had a career high 32 points with 9 rebounds, and Randolph had his first double double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds. In game two on Halloween night, Memphis defeated the Pacers on the road in Indiana 97-89. It was an ugly, physical game. Courtney Lee left the game with a concussion from a knee to the head by Hibbert and hasn’t played since. Randolph had his second double double in two games with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Gasol had 20 points and Mike Conley added 17. In game three on the next night, the Grizzlies defeated the Hornets in Charlotte 71-69. For the first time in franchise history, the Grizzlies start the season 3-0. Gasol led Memphis with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Randolph had his third double double in three games with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Returning home on November 3 for game four, Memphis defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 93-81. Randolph, Gasol and Tony Allen all had double doubles – Randolph’s fourth in four games. Gasol had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Allen had 12 points and a career high 11 rebounds.
It hasn’t been all great though, there have been some sloppy quarters but luckily Memphis has been able to sustain and close out for the win each game. The Grizzlies need to work on rebounding first and foremost. They also need less fouls and less turnovers. But if the defense keeps up and Z-Bo and Big Spain keep producing, the Memphis Grizzlies will once again Grit and Grind their way back into the NBA playoffs.
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