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Beyond the Arc Podcast #65: MLK Day, All Stars, Playoff matchups, and more

Beyond the Arc Podcast #65: MLK Day, All Stars, Playoff matchups, and more

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about: My piece about how the NBA has turned Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday into an excuse to make money, and how you can't just stop at the "I Have a Dream" speech. The Grizzlies' National Civil Rights Museum alternate jerseys were extremely cool Tony Allen named his All-Stars, so we named our starters. Who's going to make the Finals? A look at potential playoff battles at the halfway point of the season. Relationships between players and media, and being in the locker room. More talk about the playoffs and what "if healthy" means. The...
Bulls 108, Grizzlies 104: A Game of Ghosts

Bulls 108, Grizzlies 104: A Game of Ghosts

There are ghosts everywhere. The game happened, and the ghosts were literally across the street at Clayborn Temple, the church from which the sanitation strikes were organized, the church from which Dr. King led the March 28, 1968 march. You have to walk past it to get from the media parking lot to the arena. How many people on the way to the game drive right past the old stone church, until recently abandoned, and don’t know what it is? Memphis will never be free of these ghosts until we don’t allow our neighbors to be crushed by poverty, by systems stacked against...
Beyond the Arc Podcast #64: Not Memphis Enough

Beyond the Arc Podcast #64: Not Memphis Enough

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about: The Warriors game! In which the Grizzlies pulled off a miraculous comeback against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Are the Warriors in trouble, or did the Grizzlies just catch them on a bad night? How much better is the Grizzlies' bench? The controversy over bringing Z-Bo off the bench. Why is Chandler Parsons not "Memphis" enough? How much of a healthy Parsons will the Grizzlies see this year? 75%? 85%? Which Grizzlies should be All Stars? Mark Jackson called out the way ESPN promotes...
Grizzlies 128, Warriors 119: Instant Core Four Classic

Grizzlies 128, Warriors 119: Instant Core Four Classic

I almost went to bed after the third quarter, when the Grizzlies were down 20. Disappointed by their performance in the last two games, assuming that both teams would pull the plug and coast through the last 12 minutes, I’d had enough and I was going to go read a book and get to bed early (which is a precious commodity in these weeks with three West Coast road games). If I had, I’d have missed the latest in a long string of Grizzlies comebacks and nail-biters, and arguably the greatest of them all. I first thought it could happen at 6:28...
Clippers 115, Grizzlies 106: Extremely Lame and Not That Close

Clippers 115, Grizzlies 106: Extremely Lame and Not That Close

Last night, the Grizzlies lost another game in Los Angeles to a team they should’ve beaten because of a failure to execute on offense and an inability to get stops on defense. It was a different mode of failure from Tuesday night’s disappointment against the Lakers, but the overall vibe was the same: one of muted, disorganized, unfocused futility. Chandler Parsons was out, in keeping with the Grizzlies’ pattern of resting him on the second night of back-to-backs. JaMychal Green was out with a facial fracture suffered in a collision with Timofey Mozgov’s elbow in...
Grizzlies 114, Thunder 80: Ejections Don’t Count As Assists

Grizzlies 114, Thunder 80: Ejections Don’t Count As Assists

Last night the Grizzlies, yet again without Mike Conley, defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-80. The final score is a little bit closer than the game felt in the building; the Grizzlies’ largest lead was 37 points, and Russell Westbrook was ejected after being assessed his second technical foul halfway through the third quarter, which cut off whatever comeback chances the Thunder still had. It was the kind of performance we’re used to seeing from the Grizzlies lately without their highest-paid player: an impressive defensive performance (especially in the second...
Grizzlies 115, Rockets 109: Six Victory Haiku

Grizzlies 115, Rockets 109: Six Victory Haiku

The Grizzlies have now beaten every team ahead of them in the standings (except for the San Antonio Spurs, but they don’t play for the first time until February). Last night, lifted to victory by defensive execution and a 55-point scoring outburst from their reserves, they beat the James Harden-led Rockets, in a showdown of the league’s 4th-best offense and the league’s best defense. As ever, defense won; Harden’s whole game is predicated on getting to the foul line, and against the Grizzlies last night he only attempted three free throws. His talents have really...
Celtics 112, Grizzlies 109: Why Are the Grizzlies Losing?

Celtics 112, Grizzlies 109: Why Are the Grizzlies Losing?

The Grizzlies got back a Mike Conley who was playing the best basketball of his career when he went down two weeks ago, and even though they went 7-2 while Conley was out and beat the Golden State Warriors by 20, now the offense is extremely limited and nobody looks comfortable playing with each other. What’s going on with the Grizzlies, and what can they do about it? ★ The offense has to be more than Gasol and Conley. It’s a Herculean feat for Conley to be back on the floor right now, but he still doesn’t look like himself. His timing is off, he’s not as...
Beyond the Arc Podcast #63: Resting, the Schedule, and Conley's Return

Beyond the Arc Podcast #63: Resting, the Schedule, and Conley's Return

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about: Mike Conley is back, but should he be? Are NBA teams going overboard resting players? Did Memphis get screwed by LeBron James' rest? Should the NBA shorten the schedule to eliminate back-to-backs? (Yes.) Phil thinks the NBA should institute a disabled list or injured reserve, and he's right. The Grizzlies are playing the Celtics Tuesday and the Pistons Wednesday. Will Gasol go back to playing deferentially now that so many guys are returning from injury? Mike...

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