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VOL. 129 | NO. 159 | Friday, August 15, 2014

National TV Shuns Grizzlies in 2014-2015

By Don Wade

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At home or on the road, it hasn’t mattered where the Grizzlies opened the NBA season since moving from Vancouver to Memphis. For 13 straight years, they have started the season with a loss.

(Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)

If that is to change in the 2014-15 season, it will happen at FedExForum on Oct. 29 when the Grizzlies play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will be minus Kevin Love but will have 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins, assuming the much-anticipated Minnesota-Cleveland trade becomes official.

Beyond that, the Grizzlies will embark on their quest for a franchise-record fifth straight playoff appearance with no more love from the NBA, ESPN and TNT. Of the Grizzlies’ so-called nine national TV appearances this upcoming season, eight are on NBA-TV and one is on ESPN.

2014-15 Grizzlies Schedule

The Grizzlies again serve as hosts for a Martin Luther King Jr. game, on Jan. 19 vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Tip-off is 4 p.m. and the game will be carried on NBA-TV. Their lone ESPN appearance will come on the road Nov. 7 at Oklahoma City in a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff series won by the Thunder in seven games.

The Grizzlies will play five of their first seven games on the road, and then start a four-game homestand from Nov. 11-17. On Nov. 11, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come to FedExForum. The homestand ends on the 17th with Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

If you’re in a season-ticket share, expect much arguing about March 25 – that’s when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town. Other games of interest involving teams from the Eastern Conference include Dec. 19 when Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls play at FedExForum and Feb. 10 when former Grizz coach Lionel Hollins brings his Brooklyn Nets to Memphis.

Western Conference matchups of note: The team Memphians love to hate, the Los Angeles Clippers, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, will be here for games Nov. 23 and Feb. 27. The NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs make both of their visits in December, on Dec. 5 and Dec. 30. The Thunder come to Memphis on Jan. 31 and April 3.

The Grizzlies’ 2014-15 regular season schedule concludes on April 15 with a home game at FedExForum against the Indiana Pacers.

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