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Adding value with Taylor Jenkins

Adding value with Taylor Jenkins

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Beyond a young roster that has been better than expected, the Grizzlies’ first year head coach has delivered as advertised. On November 21st, 2018, the Memphis Grizzlies earned an overtime victory in San Antonio against the Spurs. To the surprise of many, the Grizzlies were in sole possession of first place in the NBA’s Western Conference. Through 17 games, the Grizzlies were 12-5, and head coach J.B Bickerstaff was leading a veteran core that had gelled quicker than anyone expected. Fast forward nearly a year later to November 11th, 2019, when the...
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New suitors for Andre Iguodala

New suitors for Andre Iguodala

Photo by Jason Mendez/ Almost time to get Iggy with it I have already gotten one of my Christmas gifts this year, mainly because I was there when it was purchased. For a few years now, I have wanted the board game Settlers of Catan. If you have not played, it is game of trading resources to be the first person to settle the land of Catan. There are 5 resources available in the game and the acquiring of these resources relies upon a roll of the dice. If the dice do not fall your way, there is a chance you begin to hurt for a certain resource while someone else could have an abundance....
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The promising passing of the Memphis Grizzlies

The promising passing of the Memphis Grizzlies

Photo by Brandon Dill/ The Memphis Grizzlies have slowly become one of the league’s best at generating assists. There’s nothing like stellar team ball movement. I mean, seriously look at this: C’mon, this is just magical stuff here. Are you not entertained? Most great offensive teams rely on heavy, but not excessive, ball movement. It’s a simple basketball practice: find the best shot. It’s beautiful to watch. What if I told you that the Memphis Grizzlies are leaning into this brand of basketball and transforming into one of the league’s passing teams? It’s honestly...
Dec 5, 2019
The Hustle Report: A doggone good week

The Hustle Report: A doggone good week

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Hustle remain undefeated on the season in another excellent week Week 4 Results Oklahoma City Blue 113 @ Memphis Hustle 133 (8-0) Memphis Hustle 116 (9-0) @ Northern Arizona Suns 110 Week 4 Headlines Jason March named November Coach of the Month Dusty Hannahs named Player of the Week Hustle host first of 3 Hustle & Hounds games Game 8 Breakdown Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Key Stats Dusty Hannahs- 32 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists Josh Jackson- 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks Jarrod Uthoff- 24 points, 14...
Dec 5, 2019
Core Four: Et tu, Tyus?

Core Four: Et tu, Tyus?

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports Parker and Nathan discuss Tyus’ Jones struggles as well as player development in the latest edition of the Core Four. Since the time before time, the Memphis Grizzlies have struggled with backup point guard play. There have been a few bright spots like Beno Udrih and Mario Chalmers, but for the most part, the position has been an incessant struggle for the Grizzlies annually. When the Grizzlies signed Tyus Jones to a three-year, $28 million contract, many including myself expected our long local nightmare to be over. But with Jones’ increasingly poor...
Dec 5, 2019
Making the most of it with the Memphis Grizzlies

Making the most of it with the Memphis Grizzlies

Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports There is a silver lining to Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke both possibly missing extended time. During the first game of the season for the Golden State Warriors in 2014, starting power forward David Lee exited the game with a hamstring injury. This injury would cause him to miss the next 24 games of that season. At the time, his injury was perceived as a significant blow to everything the Warriors were trying to accomplish that year. After all, Lee may have never quite been as good as Zach Randolph, but he was still a consistent 20-10 threat every single...
Dec 5, 2019
Report Card: Grizzlies’ ice cold shooting leads to wire-to-wire loss

Report Card: Grizzlies’ ice cold shooting leads to wire-to-wire loss

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via The Grizzlies had a historically bad shooting night as they did not converting a three-point attempt in the whole first half. The Grizzlies flat out did not come to play Wednesday night against the Bulls. They were shut down from the tip and lost this one 106-99. The Grizzlies were short-handed, but it does not excuse them from this performance against a struggling Bulls team. Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson, and Brandon Clarke all missed last night’s contest, and it sure showed on the offensive end. Memphis ended the game shooting 38.5% from the field and an...
Dec 5, 2019
Full Recap: Grizzlies Could Not Tame the Bulls

Full Recap: Grizzlies Could Not Tame the Bulls

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports [again] The Grizzlies started a four-game road trip on the wrong foot in last night’s 106-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Despite a huge effort from Jonas Valanciunas (32 points; 13 rebounds), the Grizzlies could not overcome a weak first half. The Grizzlies faced the Chicago Bulls for the second time this season after losing to them early in the season 110-102. Last night, the Grizzlies were without Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke. The game undoubtedly started strong for the Chicago Bulls. The Grizzlies had to call an early timeout within the...
Dec 4, 2019
Quick Recap: Grizzlies fall to the Bulls 106-99

Quick Recap: Grizzlies fall to the Bulls 106-99

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ They fought to the finish. The Memphis Grizzlies hung tough in a variety of situations in this game against the Chicago Bulls, refusing to go away despite poor offensive performances and a lack of execution on both ends of the floor. Even with a terrific showing from Jonas Valanciunas scoring and on the glass (32 points, 13 rebounds in 29 minutes of play), Memphis fell in Chicago 106-99. Here are some takeaways from the loss. A slow 1st half The first quarter started sluggishly for the Grizzlies - a 7-0 early run led to a Taylor Jenkins timeout to try to get his...
Dec 4, 2019
GBBLive Podcast: Free Josh Jackson...and your Grizzlies mind

GBBLive Podcast: Free Josh Jackson...and your Grizzlies mind

Andrew Millen WE’RE BACK! Finally, the flagship podcast of Grizzly Bear Blues has returned! The guys at Core Four and 3 and D have done terrific work over the length of my sabbatical, but the time has come for GBBLive to knock off the rust and get back in the proverbial ring. I am excited about our first episode of the season, which you can listen to using the player below or by subscribing to any of the following ways to listen to podcasts- I Heart, Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts I welcome my new GBBLive partner in crime to the show in the first segment, Mr. Parker...
Dec 4, 2019
Five injury-riddled Grizzlies questions

Five injury-riddled Grizzlies questions

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via The Memphis Grizzlies take on the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night in Chicago, but will be short handed once again. The Memphis Grizzlies take on the Chicago Bulls tonight in Chicago tonight at 7:00 CT. Two teams in similar situations in terms of rebuilding, but one team will be short handed to say the least tonight. What questions lie ahead for this young and short handed Grizzlies team trying to avoid their second loss in a row? 1.) Without Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke, why in the world should you tune in tonight? Easy answer. Jaren Jackson Jr. The matchup...
Dec 4, 2019
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls Game Preview

Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls Game Preview

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Memphis is struggling with injuries, new opportunities for young talent is ready for the taking in Chicago. WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (6-14, 3-4 away) @ Chicago Bulls (7-14, 3-7 home) WHEN: 7:00 PM CT WHERE: United Center in Chicago, IL HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9FM ESPN Memphis INJURY REPORT: MEMPHIS – Ja Morant (Out, back), Kyle Anderson (Questionable, heel), Brandon Clarke (out, oblique), Jonas Valanciunas (Questionable, illness) CHICAGO – Christiano Felicio (Out, wrist), Otto Porter Jr. (Out, foot), Chandler Hutchison (Out,...
Dec 3, 2019
Brandon Clarke out with oblique injury

Brandon Clarke out with oblique injury

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via For the near future, the Grizzlies will have to more forward without their dynamic rookie duo. The @memgrizz today provided a medical update on Brandon Clarke. pic.twitter.com/2hyiNN09Pv— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 3, 2019 On the heels of exciting news in regards to Ja Morant’s Rookie of the Month announcement, the Grizzlies unfortunately have followed it up with a disappointing development regarding Brandon Clarke. Clarke aggravated his oblique in Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves, which limited him to ten minutes of action. He...
Dec 3, 2019
Ja Morant Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November

Ja Morant Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November

Photo by Andy Lyons/ In what hopefully will be the first of many accolades, Ja Morant has immediately proven how special he is. Ja Morant has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) December 3, 2019 While the month of November did not end in ideal fashion for the Grizzlies or Ja Morant, his efforts throughout the month have earned him what hopefully be the first of many awards in what should be a special rookie season. Per Omari Sankofa of the Athletic, Morant was named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month. In November,...
Dec 3, 2019
A “we” culture in Memphis

A “we” culture in Memphis

Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Misfits, close losses, and being competitive. Everyone deserves their props, but Taylor Jenkins is building camaraderie in year one. Look past the obvious fact that this is a progression season for the Memphis Grizzlies, and that Memphis is 6-14 on the season. Focus on the good - the Grizzlies and their team camaraderie through the first 20 games of this season is something that you rarely see from a team that has been assembled the way this one has. It’s a bond that, as it grows stronger, is unlikely to be broken easily. That team unity is in part our...