With only one game, it wasn’t a very busy week in Grizz Nation.  But that one game was something to see.  Things get much busier this weekend as the team goes on a two game road trip through America’s penis.

 

 

The Games

Wednesday v. Dallas- After the first quarter I was ready to get the hell out of the Forum.  The Grizzlies were down 38-19, Austin Daye was the only one shooting worth a shit, and no one at all was playing any defense.  I was ready to go get some cheaper beer (turns out the Grizz have one of the top 10 highest beer prices in the league) and forget this game had even been played.  Luckily I talked myself out of it (my half full $8.75 beer probably had more to do with it than anything).  Memphis, who at one point were down by 25, crept back into the game at the end of the 2nd and then totally suffocated the Mavs in the 3rd, outscoring them 24-5.  Gasol and Randolph were absolutely dominant at times.  The duo scored 14 straight points during a 20-0 run to start the second half.  They finished with a combined 43 points and 22 rebounds.  The most surprising and impressive aspect of Z-Bo’s play was his defense, where he pretty much demanded to guard opposing power forward Dirk Nowitski.  Randolph held him to 2 points on 0-5 shooting in the 2nd half and grabbing 3 steals .  With the win, the Grizzlies are on a franchise-record tying  8 game winning streak.

Grizzlies Tweet of the Week Not from @HydeParkSwag

 

The thought of Vince Carter trying to buy a 1998 Toyota Tercel from It’s All Good Autos makes me laugh harder than it should.

Grizzlies Article of the Week Not from this Website

Last week I wrote about Peter Edmiston’s new recurring “Numbers Game” articles in the Commercial Appeal.  Well Monday he wrote a great piece about Tony Allen’s defense.  The part about his top of the key ISO defense blew my mind.  Check it out here.

Alex Raskin also had a nice piece on Austin Daye finding a new role with the Grizzlies.  You can check that out here.

Grizzlies Tweet of the Week from @HydeParkSwag

My school boy-like crush on the red-headed Grizz girl has been well documented.  Well the Mavs weren’t the only ones that had something a little embarrassing happen to them Wednesday.

 

The Heat’s Harlem Shake video last night resulted in several twitter parodies (check a lot of them out here).

A Look at the Standings

Memphis remains in the 4th spot in the Western Conference.  They are 2 games behind the 3rd place Clippers and 2.5 games up on the Nuggets.

Weekend Preview

Friday @ Miami- A matchup of the teams with the two longest winning streaks in the NBA.  Miami has won 12 straight, the Grizzlies 8.  This is only the fourth game since 2000 between two teams with win streaks of 8 or longer (last was Dec 15, 2010 when Boston beat the Knicks). Their previous matchup, the Wayne Ellington game (27 points, 7 3’s) , was back in November during the Grizzlies’ explosive start.  Miami got run out of the building 104-86. However, the Heat have gone to a different level of late.  Lebron James is the best player in the world (40 points, 16 assists against the Kings Tuesday).  He’s gonna get his.  The key is to keep the other two of the big 3 from going off.  In the first matchup, Wade was held to 8 points on 3-15 shooting.  The Grizz are going to need a similar defensive effort to pull off the W tonight.

Sunday @ Orlando- I called the last game against these guys one of the ugliest performances of the game of basketball I had ever seen.  The Grizz got a sleep-walking W against an extremely short-handed Magic team.  The Magic still suck but they’ve added a few players since that night.  Tobias Harris (Vols, stand-up) has played very well of late, averaging nearly 17 points and 7 rebounds since joining Orlando (I’ve said since he got drafted that all this kid needed was PT to show he could play). Nikola Vucevic played like garbage in the first game but he is a very competent player.  His matchup with Marc Gasol is one to watch.

Additional Notes

-Midstate members of GrizzNation, 104.5 The Zone in Nashville is running a bus trip from Nashville for the March 9th game against the Hornets.  More details can be found here.  Hopefully this sells well so this can become a regular trip.

 -As a Memphian, one of the things I am most proud of in this city is the St. Jude Research Hospital.  Miracles are performed there every single day but this doesn’t come cheap.  It costs $1.8 million dollars to run St. Jude per day.  And no family is ever charged a dime.  So join the Grizzlies and the rest of the NBA for Hoops for St. Jude and donate a few bucks to the cause.

 

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