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1. Grizzlies Halt Golden State’s Streak -

For the starters, the best part of Tuesday night’s statement win at FedExForum came while they were on the bench.

A 20-0 run to start the second quarter – all the points coming from the Grizzlies’ reserves – turned this showdown between the two best teams in the NBA into a 105-98 victory as Memphis (20-4) stopped the Golden State Warriors’ franchise-record 16-game winning streak.

2. All-Star Voting Opens, Includes Grizz Players -

The National Basketball Association and Sprint have tipped off NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 and Grizzlies fans can vote for their favorite Grizzlies players, including Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Courtney Lee.

3. Q&A: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard -

Fast Facts: Now in eighth NBA season, he set a career high in 2013-14 by averaging 17.2 points; was fourth overall pick of 2007 NBA Draft after leading Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game as a freshman; father, Mike Conley Sr., won the gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics.

4. Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar -

Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.

5. Grizz Prove Elite Status With Mavs Win -

The Dallas Mavericks were doing what they do, ringing the offensive cash register early and often as they scored 37 first-quarter points and went 7-for-11 from 3-point range.

It might have been enough to bury some teams. It might have been enough to put previous Grizzlies teams in a deep hole. But when the first quarter ended Tuesday night at FedExForum, the Mavericks owned just a 37-34 lead.

6. Deck the Halls -

It was early Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours before Overton Square was set to throw a major holiday celebration complete with a tree-lighting ceremony, school choirs and dozens of participating tenants.

7. Former Tigers Assistant Coach Joins Grizz Operations -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout. Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

8. Former Tigers Assistant Coach Joins Grizz Operations -

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout. Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

9. Grizzlies Playing With Dominating ‘Edge’ -

After Marc Gasol had demoralized the Los Angeles Clippers – which is what 30 points and 12 rebounds from the Grizzlies’ slimmed-down center will do – coach Doc Rivers noted that Gasol “looked great, he’s playing with an edge. Very serious.”

10. 7 Grizzlies Players Dealing With Stomach Virus -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Seven members of the Memphis Grizzlies are dealing with a stomach virus and their status is uncertain for Friday's game with the Boston Celtics.

The Grizzlies announced Thursday that guards Tony Allen, Courtney Lee and Beno Udrih, forwards Jon Leuer and Jarnell Stokes, center Kosta Koufos and guard/forward Quincy Pondexter have been hit with the virus and are questionable for the Boston game.

11. Grizz Want NBA to Know They’re the Real Deal -

It was early. How else do you define an NBA game played on Nov. 17?

But it was important, the game seeming to hold value beyond the single win (which went to the Grizzlies) or the one loss (which went to the Houston Rockets).

12. Watching Kobe’s Empty-the-Clip Tour -

For those first few minutes, Kobe Bryant was toying with us. He passed the ball and he passed up shots – open and otherwise.

The crowd last Tuesday night at FedExForum seemed unnerved by this. Let’s face it, whether you come wearing a white No. 50 Zach Randolph jersey or a purple and gold No. 24 Lakers jersey, you come to see Kobe be true to his DNA.

13. Pushing Through the Mud, Grizz Start Fast Their Way -

How early is it in this NBA season? Early enough that a coach will reach for a college football analogy.

“This is a team that we have struggled with, going 1-3 with them in our division, a.k.a. the SEC West in football, where we went 4-12 last year.”

14. Grizzlies' Tony Allen Fined for Striking Camera -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The NBA has fined Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $15,000 for intentionally striking a camera on the baseline during Memphis' win over New Orleans.

15. Grizzlies Brass Has Challenge In Analyzing Player Minutes -

It took but a single game for one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ main dilemmas to present itself. Namely, what’s a coach to do when his starters are playing well and the bench is giving him almost nothing?

16. ‘Anything’s Possible’ -

Seated at the same table as guard Tony Allen for the Grizzlies’ 13th Annual Tip-Off Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 27, fan Kim Cherry couldn’t help but notice The Grindfather’s Army fatigues sport coat. It was the booming fashion statement of the day.

17. Allen, Lee Named Grizzlies Starters -

The guesswork over who would start on the wings for the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 29 in the season opener vs. Minnesota at FedExForum is over. Coach Dave Joerger has named Tony Allen and Courtney Lee starters, joining point guard Mike Conley, power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.

18. Grizzlies Find Respect Hard to Come By -

Perhaps it was a just coincidence. On the day that the results of the annual NBA General Managers’ survey were announced, ESPN was in Memphis for its only scheduled visit of the season.

Or perhaps this was no coincidence at all.

19. Allen, Lee Named Grizzlies Starters -

The guesswork over who would start on the wings for the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 29 in the season-opener vs. Minnesota at FedExForum is over.

Head Coach Dave Joerger has named Tony Allen and Courtney Lee starters, joining point guard Mike Conley, power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.

20. Allen, Lee Named Grizzlies Starters -

The guesswork over who would start on the wings for the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 29 in the season-opener vs. Minnesota at FedExForum is over. Coach Dave Joerger has named Tony Allen and Courtney Lee starters, joining point guard Mike Conley, power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol.

21. Time is Now -

For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.

With four straight playoff appearances in the immediate past, there is no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t get there again. But it’s not about just getting there, not about playing a tough seven-game series, as the Grizzlies did in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Oklahoma City last season, only to come home after a dispiriting Game 7 loss.

22. Once High-Flying Vince Carter in Different Role With Grizz -

At this stage of his NBA career, there are a lot of euphemisms for Vince Carter.

Veteran. Elder statesman. Old guy. Those were Carter’s own words when describing his exit in Dallas this summer, after owner Mark Cuban put a three-year, $46.1 million offer sheet in front of 25-year-old Chandler Parsons. The Benefactor indeed.

23. Tigers Expect Bigger Crowd, Shorter Lines -

Everyone among the 46,000-plus fans attending the University of Memphis football team’s 36-17 over Middle Tennessee three weeks ago at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, seemed to have a good time.

Well, once they got inside the stadium.

24. One Night in K.C.: Being a Fan Again -

For one 12-inning, roller coaster ride of a night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, I understood you a little better.

I was in the stands for the Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s in the American League Wildcard game. And when I say I was in the stands, sitting with my best friend and my baseball kindred spirit, cheering my guts out and fighting waves of nausea, I mean that I left my sports columnist’s card at home.

25. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU -

It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

26. Johnson Joins Other Former Grizzlies in Toronto -

Once upon a time, the Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Memphis. Now, they appear to have an unofficial branch office in Toronto.

The Raptors re-signed former Grizzlies point guard Kyle Lowry to a four-year, $48 million deal, and the Toronto Star has reported that the Raptors have re-signed former Grizzlies backup point guard Greivis Vasquez and that the team has landed free agent forward James Johnson.

27. LeBron’s Contract: Best Bargain in Sports -

The money can drive you crazy, if you let it. Each day in Memphis we’re reading about “blue flu” and the city’s ongoing financial crisis.

With that as our local backdrop, it’s easy to become disgusted with the LeBron James sweepstakes that sort of looks like a steel cage (no, make that bank vault) death match between glitzy Miami/slick Pat Riley and hardscrabble Cleveland/thin-skinned Dan Gilbert.

28. Johnson Joins Other Former Grizz in Toronto -

Once upon a time, the Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Memphis. Now, they appear to have an unofficial branch office in Toronto.

The Raptors re-signed former Grizzlies point guard Kyle Lowry to a four-year, $48 million deal, and the Toronto Star has reported that the Raptors have re-signed former Grizzlies back-up point guard Greivis Vasquez and that the team has landed free agent forward James Johnson.

29. Grizzlies Cite Analytics in Adams Pick -

On draft night, as the questions from reporters all implied the Grizzlies maybe had reached in taking UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams at No. 22, interim general manager Chris Wallace went right to the A-word.

30. Lots of Questions Remain Unanswered in Grizz Nation -

We’re now going on two weeks since this whole WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE GRIZZLIES? saga started.

So, what do we actually know?

We know that Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera fired team CEO Jason Levien and player personnel director Stu Lash. We know that Pera allowed coach Dave Joerger to interview for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ head coaching job.

31. Pera’s Just Following Sports Owner Formula -

Until recently, I figured if I ever won a huge lottery and became a gazillionaire, I would indulge my sports fantasy of owning a horse in the Kentucky Derby.

But everyone draws a line somewhere, and I don’t want to pay for the nasal strips on general principle. (California Chrome is just the frontrunner of this movement.)

32. Grizz Looking Forward to Next Season’s Grind -

Tony Allen, still believing, had “packed for a three-day trip to L.A.” and another playoff confrontation with the Clippers.

33. Z-Bo’s Future Dominates Grizz Talk -

If there was one thing that the Memphis Grizzlies’ seven-game playoff series with Oklahoma City didn’t lack, it was drama. There were four overtimes and several plot twists before the Thunder put the Grizzlies down in Game 7 as they played without Zach Randolph, who was suspended by the NBA for a hard push/punch in Game 6.

34. Thunder's 'Easy Points' Take Grizz Down 104-84 -

In a season dedicated to doing things the hard way, the Memphis Grizzlies are now face-to-face with a Game 7 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Able to survive blowing leads, able to win three of four overtime games to take a 3-2 series lead over the No. 2 seed Thunder, the Grizzlies could not stomach their fleeting prosperity. In fact, they could not even make Game 6 Thursday night on their home court anything close to competitive.

35. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis -

It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.

The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”

36. Best of Three -

After the Game 3 victory in overtime, Tony Allen made it plain that the Grizzlies were all about stopping Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

37. Grizz Overcome Adversity, Go Up 2-1 -

During one reality-defying stretch in the first half, Tony Allen and Beno Udrih scored 18 straight points for the Memphis Grizzlies.

38. Grizz Nation Rallies Around Entire Team -

It was a natural enough question, but if you’re a Grizzlies fan you had to love the answer.

On Wednesday, April 23, a day before Game 3 of the Grizzlies’ first-round series with Oklahoma City, a visiting reporter asked Tony Allen (who played at Oklahoma State) if he was finding extra motivation from playing the Thunder.

39. Allen, Grizz Ready for Thunder’s Adjustments -

If Kevin Durant is Superman then Tony Allen is … that’s right, kryptonite. At least that was the contention in at least one Internet headline after Allen rendered Durant mortal in the Grizzlies’ overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Oklahoma City.

40. Joerger Still Floating After Epic Game 2 -

About 12 hours after the Memphis Grizzlies’ epic 111-105 overtime victory at Oklahoma City Monday, April 21, in Game 2 of a first-round Western Conference Playoff series, coach Dave Joerger was still trying to find his voice.

41. No Bluffing -

Each season the last home game at FedExForum is Fan Appreciation Night and a Grizzlies’ player is charged with grabbing the microphone and walking to center court to say a few words before tip-off.

42. Tony Back to Being Tony in Key Win -

Someday a professor of sports science will write a book on the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen or the good professor’s head will explode in the trying.

43. Grizzlies Ice Heat in ‘Huge’ Win -

A day earlier, the Grizzlies had talked a like a team that had misplaced its identity. The coach spoke of the team losing its “swagger.” The players spoke of still having everything in front of them – “we control own destiny” was mentioned more than once – and yet the prevailing feeling was one of doubt.

44. Avoiding Heartache -

The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.

45. Cardinals Expect ‘Good Things’ to Happen Again -

At grantland.com, the writer said the St. Louis Cardinals have even more depth than last year’s team, but then he went on to pick the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.

46. Rested Grizz Prep for Playoff Push -

Historians, not to mention members of the 1985-86 Boston Celtics bench, will note that in the Grizzlies’ recent victory over the Utah Jazz the Memphis bench shot 42.9 percent: significant because it ended a stretch of 14 straight games of the bench shooting 50 percent or better, the longest such streak in the NBA since those Celtics did so in 15 consecutive games.

47. Grizz Players Also Have March Madness -

Point guard Mike Conley played in an NCAA title game with Ohio State. Mike Miller did the same with Florida.

48. Wins Come in Various Ways -

One night at FedExForum, the Grizzlies beat Portland by 10 points as they shoot a season-best 56 percent, three players score 17 or more points, and energizer James Johnson never gets on the floor.

49. Grizz Need Strong Finish for Playoff Chance -

Twenty games to go and, at this point, even a 13-7 finish might not be good enough to ensure the Grizzlies make the Western Conference Playoffs.

That, for the record, is how they closed the season a year ago. But this time, despite a 36-26 record going into the Tuesday, March 11, game against Portland at FedExForum, the Grizzlies still sit in ninth place.

50. Score-Watching Grizz Can’t Lose Sight of Opponents -

Two hours before the Grizzlies played the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at FedExForum, Memphis coach Dave Joerger talked about the last loss – at Charlotte – the game ahead, and that aggravating play that recently invaded Memphis living rooms, including Joerger’s own.

51. Fans Welcome ‘Grindfather’ Back -

Decades from now, it might be the first story Tony Allen tells. The night Allen returned to the FedExForum court for the Grizzlies, after missing more than a month with a wrist injury, and when he checked into the game he received a standing ovation.

52. Hobbled Grizzlies Won’t Go Down Without Fight -

Two years ago, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph returned from a torn MCL in his right knee and essentially finished out the season on one leg.

In other words, Randolph walked – or hobbled – in the high tops that center Marc Gasol now wears as he plays with a brace on his left knee after returning to the court following an MCL sprain that kept him out of 23 games.

53. Grizz Look at Final 30 With Hope for Strong Finish -

As the Grizzlies took their leave from FedExForum, having won their last home game before the NBA All-Star break, forward James Johnson looked toward the next night’s game at Orlando. He made clear that the Grizzlies were not thinking of Disney World or any other fantasyland, but were committed to the work immediately in front of them.

54. Stretch Against East Teams Pivotal for Grizz Playoffs Push -

It wasn’t unthinkable that Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks would come into FedExForum and win. They were, after all, protecting a one-game lead over the Grizzlies for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, Nowitzki has been on a hot streak, Rick Carlisle is one of the NBA’s best coaches and the Grizzlies were without point guard Mike Conley.

55. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

56. Playoffs Implications -

The calendar says the Dallas Mavericks will be at FedExForum to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Just one game of 82 in the coast-to-coast marathon that is the NBA season.

But it’s a game that has the potential to weigh heavily on the Grizzlies’ ultimate playoff fate. The Mavericks come in sitting in the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with a record of 28-21.

57. Time a Friend to Grizz -

Sometimes, the NBA season feels too long. It can stretch on and on like a West Texas highway. Or the Grammy Awards.

But for the Memphis Grizzlies, time has been a friend. And somehow, most of us – maybe all of us – forgot how much time there really was.

58. That’s Entertainment -

It was late in Game 6 of the Grizzlies’ 2013 playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Already, FedExForum was abuzz with anticipation. The hated Clippers were about to go down. Grizz, the team’s chest-thumping mascot, scaled a ladder inside the arena and unfurled a banner:

59. Grizzlies Now the Team Getting Kicked Around -

It is no longer too early to determine the highlight of the Grizzlies 2013-2014 season.

It happened on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles when Tony Allen jumped and inadvertently kicked Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.

60. Grizz Games Ending in Predictable Fashion -

Point guard Mike Conley stood at his locker after the Grizzlies had lost their third straight game, seen their home record drop to 5-9 (they were 32-9 at home last season), and their overall record fall to 10-13.

61. Injury Bug Has Grizz Fans Crying in Beers -

The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Memphis Grizzlies had Jamaal Franklin and Nick Calathes.

62. Pondexter’s Injury Latest Setback for Grizzlies -

Quincy Pondexter met with the media before the Monday, Dec. 9, game against the Orlando Magic at FedExForum. In a hallway outside the Grizzlies’ locker room, using crutches to move in front of cameras and tape recorders. This is how it goes these days.

63. Shooting Woes, Injuries Piling Up for Grizzlies -

Even open shots, depending on who is taking them, are not necessarily a good option. So says coach Dave Joerger and, yes, that’s how bad the Grizzlies’ offense has become.

The Grizzlies mustered just 82 points in a 26-point loss to Golden State on Saturday, Dec. 7 at FedExForum, and it was most notable for the fact that, well, such losses are no longer notable.

64. Grindhouse Now House of Horrors for Grizzlies -

The Grizzlies just started a six-game homestand with a loss – their fourth in a row at FedExForum.

Seems The Grindhouse has turned into a fun house for visiting teams this season as they have gone 5-3 against the Grizzlies.

65. Grizz Make Adjustments Without Center Gasol -

In the immediate aftermath of All-Star center Marc Gasol’s knee injury, frontcourt mate Zach Randolph had a simple plan.

“Man, praying, praying,” Randolph said after Gasol limped off the FedExForum court during the Friday, Nov. 22, game won by the San Antonio Spurs. “Need him.”

66. Looking for Last Season’s Grizz to Make Appearance … Now -

The Grizzlies are going out on a four-game road trip that starts with a Friday, Nov. 15, game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Maybe a change of scenery will do them good. After a 3-5 start to the season that feels even worse than the record, a change of scenery is as good an idea as any.

67. Grizz Proving They Have a Lot to Prove -

To the question, how patient are Grizzlies fans willing to be, we now have a definitive answer.

Their patience broke as the third quarter ended Wednesday, Nov. 6, at FedExForum. Their Grizzlies – that gritty, lovable bunch that won 56 games last season and went to the Western Conference Finals – trailed the New Orleans Pelicans by 22 points.

68. ‘Intertwined’ -

In 2007, the Grizzlies were no longer a novelty in Memphis. They also were no longer a playoff team. Rather, they were a punch line lost in the expansive blue and gray shadow of the University of Memphis and a fast-talking operator/coach named John Calipari.

69. Grizz Desperately Seeking Strong Finish to Preseason -

Seven practice tests down, one to go. So far, the results have been mixed as the Grizzlies under first-year coach Dave Joerger at times have looked more dynamic, but also more erratic on offense and less devoted to playing defense.

70. Grizzlies Make Appearance on Annual GM Survey -

The results from the 12th annual GM survey from NBA.com are in and the Grizzlies show up in several categories. But Tony Allen was the only player to finish first in a category as the league’s general managers voted him the league’s best perimeter defender.

71. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

72. Leuer, Davis Provide Bright Spots in Preseason Loss -

October makes for some great postseason baseball. But the preseason basketball? Not so great.

The Grizzlies were, at times, flat-out ragged in their play while losing 95-90 to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Oct. 9, at FedExForum. It was especially rough in the early going as in the first half the Grizzlies made 13 of their 17 turnovers while running first-year coach Dave Joerger’s new offense aimed at moving the ball sooner in the 24-second shot clock.

73. Good Feelings Abound as Grizz Open Camp -

The immediate past features a franchise-best 56-win season, a first-ever trip to the Western Conference Finals and a declaration from ESPN The Magazine that the Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 1 pro sports franchise in North America.

74. Tony Allen to Challenge Pera in Charity Game -

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, famous for his hard-nosed game and for coining the “grit and grind” phrase that has become a mantra for the team and city, will be playing Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in a one-on-one exhibition game to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

75. Tony Allen to Challenge Pera in Charity Game -

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, famous for his hard-nosed game and for coining the “grit and grind” phrase that has become a mantra for the team and city, will be playing Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in a one-on-one exhibition game to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

76. Levien Discusses Grizzlies’ Accolades, Offseason Focus -

A day after the news broke that ESPN The Magazine had crowned the Memphis Grizzlies the best franchise in North American pro sports, team CEO Jason Levien sat down for a one-on-one interview with The Daily News.

77. Miller: Grizzlies ‘Right There’ on Path to Winning Championship -

Mike Miller had several teams interested in his 3-point shooting as a possible missing link for a long playoff run. It didn’t take him long to figure out where he wanted to be: Memphis.

78. Grit ‘N’ Grind Lives On in Memphis -

With apologies to the Rolling Stones, the Grizzlies’ off-season is its own lesson on the difference between what you want and what you need.

As yet, that much-desired pure 3-point shooter has not parachuted into Memphis. But the Grizzlies did what they needed to do, retaining free agent guard and fan favorite Tony Allen; reportedly, they have agreed in principle to a four-year, $20 million guaranteed contract.

79. Franklin Looks to Honor ‘Grindson’ Nickname -

One of basketball’s enduring lines is that if you’re open, there’s a reason. Does the same hold true for a player once projected as mid-first-round NBA draft choice slipping to No. 41 overall?

In other words, why was San Diego State shooting guard Jamaal Franklin still there for taking by Memphis in the middle of the second round?

80. Coaching Hire Presents Risk/Reward for Grizz -

So the Grizzlies finally made it official and promoted lead assistant Dave Joerger to head coach. This qualified as breaking news about as much as reporting that barbecue has been discovered in Memphis.

81. NBA Playoffs Serve as Reminder: Players More Valuable Than Coaches -

Game 6 of the NBA Finals was a lot of things, including epic and unbelievable and an instant classic. But it was also something else: a vivid reminder that players matter more than coaches.

From TV to Twitter San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, roundly recognized as the best coach in the NBA, took much criticism for the Spurs letting go of a 5-point lead with 28.2 seconds remaining as their fifth NBA title vanished – at least for a night.

82. Offseason Questions Abound for Grizzlies -

Maybe the fans standing and cheering moments before the Grizzlies were swept out of the Western Conference Finals were simply saying thank you for a great season, a franchise-best 56-win season and the team’s deepest playoff run in history.

83. Can Grizz Dig Out of Conference Finals Hole? -

So the family room is full for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. It’s the third quarter, or maybe early in the fourth, and there’s a moment of quiet.

“Wow, that’s a slow-moving system,” my wife says.

84. Grizzlies Confident Despite Odds Against Them -

The Grizzlies have to win four of five to beat the San Antonio Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals. In other words, if reality itself could hold up a towel it would read: “I don’t bluff.”

The Grizzlies dropped the first two games in San Antonio and, historically speaking, a fool would soon part with his money if betting on the Grizzlies to come back and win the series. Because when a team wins the first two games of a seven-game series, it goes on to win that series 93.7 percent of the time. The Grizzlies already have upset these odds once, falling behind the Los Angeles Clippers 0-2 in this year’s opening-round playoff series before rallying to win four straight.

85. Grizz Win With Tony Being Tony -

Had things turned out differently, we would know too well Rule 12, Section V, item a, from the NBA rulebook:

“An official may assess a technical foul, without prior warning, at any time. A technical foul (s) may be assessed to any player on the court or anyone seated on the bench for conduct, which in the opinion of the official, is detrimental to the game. The technical foul must be charged to an individual.”

86. Grizz Claw Into Conference Finals -

His team had just overcome a 17-point first-half deficit and beaten Oklahoma City in overtime to win Game 4 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series. So someone asked Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins if he was impressed.

87. Grizzlies Take Down Thunder in Overtime -

Moments before Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Oklahoma City playoff series tipped off at FedExForum Monday night, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol stood at midcourt to be recognized for making the NBA’s All-Defensive teams (Allen first-team, Gasol and Conley second-team).

88. Memphis Means Grizzlies – Got It? -

It’s funny the things you take for granted when you’re in the middle of them. Like, well, everything connected to this thrilling Grizzlies playoff run, including the characters and the language that have become part of the city’s core.

89. Grizzlies Must Maintain ‘Thirsty Dog’ Mentality -

As the Grizzlies’ series with the Oklahoma City Thunder shifted to Memphis for Game 3 on Saturday, May 11, the Grizzlies found themselves in much better position than during the Clippers’ series.

Instead of staring up at a 0-2 deficit, their Game 2 victory tied the series 1-1 and has allowed them the possibility to advance to the Western Conference Finals just by winning three games at FedExForum.

90. Grizzlies Trying to Create Season to Remember -

Disappointments past can set up unmitigated joy in the present. At its best, that’s how this whole sports fandom thing works.

You invest yourself emotionally (yes, perhaps financially, too) and if you hold the stock (your loyalty) long enough, there’s a nice payoff.

91. Grizzlies Flip Script on Clippers Series -

A quick rewind, back to those desperate days after the first two games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series in Los Angeles. You remember those days, right? Grizzlies in a 0-2 hole and, in the first game, looking totally outclassed.

92. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

93. Z-Bo, Defense Bolster Grizz in Win -

In Game 1 in Los Angeles, the Grizzlies were missing in action. In Game 2, they were just good enough to lose by two points.

So Game 3 Thursday night at FedExForum provided a choice: win or try to become the first team in NBA history to rally from a 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

94. ‘Old School’ Gasol Feted As League’s Top Defender -

The NBA’s new Defensive Player of the Year was remembering another ceremony, more than a decade ago at The Pyramid.

“I was just a little kid watching my older brother be happy to be recognized,” center Marc Gasol said.

95. ‘Real Big Decisions’ Looming for Grizzlies -

The Grizzlies returned from Los Angeles down 2-0 to the Clippers, the idea of “Believe Memphis” being put to the test.

Thursday night, April 25, the Clippers and Grizzlies were to play Game 3 at FedExForum, and then Saturday, April 27, Game 4.

96. Clippers’ Bench Spells Trouble for Grizzlies -

The Los Angeles Clippers may or may not prove to be serious Western Conference title contenders. Count TNT analyst Charles Barkley as their No. 1 doubter, having called them “fool’s gold” and compared them to a pretty girl that steals your heart only for you to discover she is “dumb as a box of rocks.”

97. Grizzlies Shift Gears Into Playoff Mode -

Center Marc Gasol is never happy after a loss. Sometimes, he is not in a good mood after a victory because, like a coach, he sees the potential for future failure if the Grizzlies don’t play hard, focused and together.

98. Hazlett Touts City’s Positives to World -

Bob Hazlett, director of online marketing at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a proudly converted Memphian who promotes the city as a travel destination.

“I feel that if we can get someone to come to Memphis, they fall in love with the city,” Hazlett said. “I’ve lived in a couple of different places, and I think that for all of the bad things that are said about Memphis, there are so many positive things that are going on. It’s not a rhinestone, but it is a diamond in the rough. If you seek things out, the city will reveal itself to you.”

99. Troubling Trends Plague Grizzlies’ Recent Play -

Maybe, just maybe, this will make you feel a less panicked about the state of the Grizzlies. In beating the Grizzlies, 108-101, the other night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks led by as many as 30 in the first half yet saw the Grizzlies claw back to within 4 points in the final minute.

100. Grizzlies Proving Their Brand is Winning Games -

The long-term benefits of the Grizzlies’ 90-89 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, if there are any, won’t be known for a while. The Western Conference playoff standings are ever-changeable.