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Grizz TCB vs. Jazz – ZBo Hits Amazing Shot (vine)

 

  • The Grizzlies took care of business against Utah Wednesday night – beating the Jazz by a count of 100-90.
  • Memphis held the inferior Jazz at a safe distance most of the night. Though Utah stayed within shouting distance, the outcome of this one never felt in doubt.
  • Memphis matched the longest win-streak in franchise history (8), and pushed their overall record to 37-12.
  • The Grizz look to extend their streak to the longest in franchise history Friday night at Minnesota.
  • I don’t know about you, but BBALLJONES believes in this team’s capacity to keep winning at the current rate. The Grizz have the look of an elite unit. If they can stay healthy, the next 3-4 months could be a very wild ride in the city of Memphis.
  • Marc Gasol led the Grizz with 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk.
  • ZBo had 18 and 11 – and this amazing shot…..

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Thunder Coach: Grizz Are a 2-Way Team Now

The word is out in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies are no longer simply a Grit Grind operation.

Memphis pushed its record to 35-12 on Saturday night with an 85-74 win over the Thunder. The Grizz victory came on the strength – literally – of Grizzlies Veteran F Zach Randolph, who finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds and continues to play his best basketball in several years.

But it was Brooks’ comments before the game that tell the evolving story of why these Grizzlies appear to be rising to the proverbial ‘next level’ of the NBA hierarchy.

Brooks on the Grizzlies:

“They’re a good defensive team. They’re a 2-way team now. They used to just be a half court team. Just pound you inside and get an occasional jump shot. But now they defend and they score.”

 

“They’re playing a bit faster. This year they’ve made an effort to play with more pace. We have to take care of the basketball.”

When it comes to the Grizzlies – Brooks should know – Saturday night’s game was the 36th between the two clubs in the last 5 seasons. Two, 7-game playoff series breed familiarity.

About that taking care of the basketball thing? Mission not accomplished – the Thunder coughed it up 17 times against the active Grizzlies defense. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant had 4.

Watching the Grizzlies with all their main guys available – Mike Conley was back in the lineup on Saturday – has become a thing of beauty. That is if you like defense, precision passing and pace – as Brooks refers to it.

The word is out. The Grizz can beat you two ways.


 

Watch the full interview here (video courtesy of Oklahoma City Thunder):

 

 

 

Grizzlies Opponents Admire Defense, Rebounding & Chemistry

The Memphis Grizzlies finished off a 2-0 road trip last night winning at Orlando 106-96. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies defeated Brooklyn and former coach Lionel Hollins. Memphis now gets 5 consecutive games at FedExForum – a great opportunity to stockpile some more wins heading to the halfway point of the season. The Grizzlies are currently 28-11 and within 4 games of the #1 seed, but also within 4 games of the #7 seed. The West is a grind – but Memphis is well positioned.

Understanding the Grizzlies from the point of view of their opponents is a good way to comprehend exactly why the Grizzlies are such a tough out right now, especially when fully healthy – and the answer isn’t groundbreaking. According to Nets and Magic players and coaches – the Grizzlies are NBA Championship contenders at the moment for 3 primary reasons: (1) Chemistry, (2) Defense, and (3) Rebounding. Here’s a quick summary of what the Grizzlies’ opponents had to say after facing them this week.

Quotes courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel and New York Post.

1. Experience and Chemistry:

Hollins on the fact that the Grizzlies have grown up together:

“Those guys were puppies, and now they’re men.”

“The nucleus has been there for a long time with Zach, Marc, Mike and Tony. Those guys have been there from the get and they are a big part of winning and as long as they are together they are going to have a winning [group].”

Orlando Magic Coach Jacque Vaughn on the Grizzlies experience:

“But you give those guys credit. They’ve been doing it together for a long time.”

2. Defense and Rebounding:

Hollins on what makes the Grizzlies so good:

“That’s what they do, they’ve got two big guys. … Zach had 20 points, Marc had 18 and most of them were in the paint for both of them. That’s their game. They’re a very good defensive team, they’re a very good rebounding team, and that’s why they’re one of the best teams in the league.”

Victor Oladipo’s take on the Grizzlies:

“It seemed like every option we had, they kind of took it away. We just had to play off instincts, really, and just go out there and figure out a way to score. But they’re a great defensive team, a great overall team. They’ve got great players over there, great defensive players over there.

Adding Jeff Green is going to help the team offensively – as will getting Mike Conley back healthy and everyone clicking together. But the key to this team has been and continues to be defense, rebounding and chemistry.