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Grizzly Bear Blues 7 hours ago
Quick Recap: Pelicans snap Grizzlies 7 game win streak

Quick Recap: Pelicans snap Grizzlies 7 game win streak

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via The Grizzlies fall to 7-12 on MLK Day in Memphis Prior to tipping off against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Grizzlies celebrated MLK Day with their annual Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium highlighting and honoring the 15th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Awards honorees. The honorees this year were Sheryl Swoopes, Caron Butler, Robert Parish and Doug Williams and all four had some very insightful things to say during the Symposium. It was a really cool experience to cover and be a part of and I’d encourage everyone to check it...
Grizzly Bear Blues 19 hours ago
Empowering the Grizzlies youth

Empowering the Grizzlies youth

Photo by Justin Ford/NBAE via The Memphis Grizzlies were making noise well before the seven game winning streak The last eight months, Memphis Grizzlies fans have been building up a sense of euphoria. Euphoria about a change atop the Grizzlies front office. Euphoria about a culture change within the Grizzlies organization. Euphoria that the Grizzlies finally have star caliber player(s) in Beale Street blue partnered with a front office that has a plan to take this team further than any other. Euphoria is an unreal feeling. The definition of euphoria “is a feeling or state of intense...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 19, 2020
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans: MLK Day Game Preview

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans: MLK Day Game Preview

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via A day more important than a game WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (20-22, 12-12 home) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (16-27, 8-14 away) WHEN: 4:00 PM CT WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: TNT/Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis INJURY REPORT: MEMPHIS: Bruno Caboclo (Out, knee) NEW ORLEANS: Zion Williamson (Doubtful, knee), Jrue Holiday (Questionable, elbow), Jahlil Okafor (Questionable, back), JJ Redick (Probable, hamstring) PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS: MEMPHIS: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Jae Crowder, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas NEW...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 18, 2020
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans - A Very Important Game

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans - A Very Important Game

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports A game of true significance Since 2003, the Memphis Grizzlies have hosted the MLK Day game because of the city’s storied history with the Civil Rights movement as well as its tragic connection to Martin Luther King, who was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. And every single year since its inception, the game has honored the legacy of Dr. King while also...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 18, 2020
Report Card: Grizzlies conquer the Cavaliers

Report Card: Grizzlies conquer the Cavaliers

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Memphis would sustain the late Cavs comeback to win seven straight. The Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, another “Vancouver Grizzlies” night at FedExForum. The Grizz would top the Cavs 113-109 in a competitive game, with quite a few highlights from the young Grizzlies to keep the arena entertained. The game would be close throughout the first half, and the score reflected a close contest, yet the Grizzlies pretty much ran away with it in the third quarter. As with all jobs in life, there are reviews and grades based on...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 18, 2020
Full Recap: Memphis Grizzlies take down the Cleveland Cavaliers

Full Recap: Memphis Grizzlies take down the Cleveland Cavaliers

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Grizzlies have now won seven straight games! The Memphis Grizzlies took on the Cleveland Cavaliers at FedEx Forum on Friday night. It was “Murray State Night” at FedExForum in honor of Ja Morant’s college team. It was also a great opportunity for Memphis to get their seventh straight win. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Grizzlies survived what seemed to be a sloppy game from both sides. It seems to be like that when a team that is on a winning streak takes on an opponent that is struggling. The team that is streaking tends...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 17, 2020
Quick Recap: Memphis Grizzlies defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-109

Quick Recap: Memphis Grizzlies defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-109

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Dillon Brooks show continues! Surprisingly, there were a lot of interesting angles in tonight’s game with the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers. It was Murray State night in FedExForum, so those fans traveled well to see everyone’s favorite Racer. A top-5 pick battle between Ja Morant and Darius Garland Was about to play out. Would Ja Morant try to recreate this? only if @JaMorant | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/nCTwhnG5sx— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 21, 2019 The Grizzlies and Cavs traded the lead throughout the first quarter,...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 17, 2020
5 Questions: Second half of the season

5 Questions: Second half of the season

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports Let the good times roll! The Grizzlies have officially entered the second half of the NBA regular season. If the second half mirrored the first half identically, the Grizzlies would end the season with 38 wins — by all preseason measures, that is a performance that exceeds expectations. Let’s dive into five questions to consider as the second-half of the season gets underway. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports Let’s address the elephant in the room. Is this current Grizzlies’ caliber of play sustainable? Sure it is. It may not pan out...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 17, 2020
Memphis Grizzlies Midseason Report Card: Part II - The starters and coaches

Memphis Grizzlies Midseason Report Card: Part II - The starters and coaches

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Lots of A’s ahead To check out part one of our midseason report card, click here. Welcome to part two of the Memphis Grizzlies midseason report card! Part one was about the reserves, and here we will be grading the starters for the Grizzlies as well as Coach Jenkins and his staff. The players are sorted by minutes played, and the grades were determined by 10 GBBers who submitted grades and thoughts on the players and their 2019-2020 campaigns to this point. We pick back up with a big man who has been there for Memphis when the young Grizzlies have desperately...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 17, 2020
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game Preview

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game Preview

Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Will Ja Morant finish the job on Kevin Love? WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (19-22, 11-12 home) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29, 6-15 away) WHEN: 7:00 PM CT WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis INJURY REPORT: MEMPHIS: Jae Crowder (Questionable, hip), Bruno Caboclo (Out, knee) CLEVELAND: Kevin Porter Jr. (Out, knee), Dylan Windler (Out, leg), Ante Zizic (Out, illness) PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS: MEMPHIS: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas CLEVELAND: Collin...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 16, 2020
Core Four: The swagger of Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant

Core Four: The swagger of Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports We’re all just living in it. After Ja Morant’s incredible behind the back dribble into an incredible pass for a Jaren Jackson Jr. slam, my dad texted me something he never had before in the middle of a Grizzlies game—”This is mesmerizing” This is what Morant and the rest of the Grizzlies’ uniquely talented young core provides every single night for those that watch them: a chance to witness superb basketball while also possibly seeing something that you have never seen before. And as the Grizzlies seek to add on their six-game winning streak while...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 16, 2020
Memphis Grizzlies Midseason Report Card: Part I - The Reserves

Memphis Grizzlies Midseason Report Card: Part I - The Reserves

Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Honor roll time We are officially halfway through the 2019-2020 campaign, and it is safe to say that the Memphis Grizzlies are ahead of schedule to this point. 38 wins would be 10 over what was expected of them from the wise guys of Las Vegas, and even the most optimistic Grizzlies fan has to be surprised by what this young crew has been able to achieve. The fact that Ja Morant is the Rookie of the Year front-runner isn’t too surprising - even if Zion Wiliamson were completely healthy, he figured to at least be in that mix. What is surprising, though,...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 16, 2020
Welcome to the Showtime Grizzlies

Welcome to the Showtime Grizzlies

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports The 2019-20 Grizzlies are everything you could have ever wanted and more. During the 1980s, the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers ruled the NBA with a high-octane, dazzling style of basketball that sought to not only beat their opponents, but also embarrass them in such a manner that left the crowd simultaneously speechless and mesmerized. And now in 2020, the “Nxt Gen” Memphis Grizzlies aim to be their successors. Ironically, the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s were a bit of a slow-burn as they came to existence. Of course, the Lakers did win...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 16, 2020
The mysterious De’Anthony Melton

The mysterious De’Anthony Melton

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via De’Anthony Melton is one of the most unique players this franchise has seen. It’s time to leak the e-mails. Connor Dunning — a radio producer at 929 ESPN — and I have extensively talked about the stellar play of De’Anthony Melton. Listen up, because the last time Connor wrote on this blog, he compared Luka Doncic to Larry Bird... and he’s actually pretty right. Parker Fleming, GBB Associate Editor: There are only 5 sophomores in NBA history that averaged 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 8+ assists per 100 possessions, while shooting 40%+...
Grizzly Bear Blues Jan 15, 2020
FULL RECAP: Grizzlies blow up Rockets 121 - 110

FULL RECAP: Grizzlies blow up Rockets 121 - 110

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Let’s relive it one more time That was fun! The Memphis Grizzlies’ young core responded to a couple early runs by the Rockets, and James Harden’s unending scoring onslaught with a scoring surge of their own. With a sense of control beyond their years, they put together a wildly fun run to punctuate this nationally-televised game. Ja Morant’s fancy assist on Jaren Jackson’s monster dunk roosted at the top of Twitter for a solid content cycle, showering NBA fans with the youthful electricity that’s been crackling for those of us in Memphis since Ja...

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