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1. Dave Joerger: The NBA’s Invisible Man -

Congratulations to Golden State’s Steve Kerr. You can’t say he wasn’t a worthy recipient for NBA Coach of the Year.

2. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up -

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

3. Gasol on the Mend, Stephenson Looking For Home -

Struggling to get over the way the Grizzlies’ season ended – in a wave of injuries and 10-day contracts before the San Antonio Spurs hit them with that first-round broom?

Worried Mike Conley might leave as a free agent?

4. Last Word: Grizz Aftermath, Mayor-A-Rama and Prince Saves Hendrix -

116-95, Spurs over the Grizzlies is how the NBA second season ends in Memphis. A four-game sweep of a team that now heals and perhaps changes on its way to the fall.

5. Grizzlies' Season Ends with Heart and Tears -

Game 4 of this miserable first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs was almost done. Only a few minutes of garbage time remained.

And the question from Dave Joerger to veterans Matt Barnes and Vince Carter was a simple one: Do you want to stay out there, to keep playing, and to end this thing with your boots on?

6. Memphis Takes Pounding in Opener With Spurs -

The Memphis Grizzlies were not alone in their unmitigated defeat. The NBA Playoffs started this past weekend and while descriptions of what happened to the Grizzlies within the shadow of the Alamo in San Antonio were colorful – “a 106-74 bludgeoning by the San Antonio Spurs” read one account at NBA.com – this was hardly an isolated incident.

7. Warriors Beat Grizzlies for Record 73rd Win; Now It's the Alamo -

When the Grizzlies nearly beat the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum a few nights ago, falling 100-99, there was that feeling of letting one slip away (and yes, some people believe the officials took it away).

8. Grizzlies End 6-Game Skid With Home Win Over Bulls -

If it had been a football game, you could have called it the Desperation Bowl. The Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies each badly needed a victory.

Behind 27 points and 10 rebounds from power forward Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies got one and snapped their six-game losing streak by defeating the Bulls 108-92 Tuesday, April 5, at FedExForum.

9. Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night -

Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.

10. For Hobbled Grizzlies, Wins Now Precious As Gemstones -

Red diamonds, a 14th century Ming vase, William Shakespeare’s signature and, of course, the unfiltered Gregg Popovich compliment. Yes, these are among the rarest things on planet earth.

So it was notable when the San Antonio coach directed praise the Grizzlies’ way after the Spurs had defeated them by just six points within the shadow of The Alamo, and before a more thorough 101-87 beating at FedExForum a few nights later.

11. Grizzlies Have No Answers for Machine That Is The Spurs -

To find 31 point and 13 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ locker room, you would have had to gather two or three players together. But in the locker room of the San Antonio Spurs, all those points and rebounds were in one place, in the person of forward LaMarcus Aldridge after the Spurs had defeated the Grizzlies 101-87 on Monday, March 28 at FedExForum.

12. Born Ready? Grizz Players, Brass Given No Choice -

This is not a Grizzlies season to remember. It is a Grizzlies season impossible to forget.

For fans.

For Chris Wallace, who is living the life of “GM, The Bargain Hunter.”

13. Randolph gets first triple-double in a stunning win over Clippers -

Mike Conley and his sore Achilles were in street clothes on the bench. Zach Randolph, after missing seven straight games with a sore knee, was back in uniform and playing. And playing so well that late in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies 113-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, March 19 at FedExForum, Conley had a secret to share.

14. Sports Notebook: Memphis, UT Vols Shut out of NCAA Tourney; Grizz Keep Grinding; Waino Bullish on Cards -

The University of Memphis won two American Athletic Conference Tournament games but lost to Connecticut for a third time this season in Sunday’s title game. The Tigers were close enough to the Big Dance to hear the music and smell the punch, but nowhere close to getting an at-large invitation.

15. Free Tickets for Tonight’s Grizzlies Game From Coach Joerger -

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara, on behalf of the Dave Joerger Foundation, have purchased the remaining tickets to the Friday, March 11, game vs. New Orleans as a way to thank fans for their support during the string of injuries sustained by the team this season.

16. Grizz in Full-On Survival Mode Now -

Starting point guard Mike Conley remains out with a sore foot. His backup, Mario Chalmers, may have ruptured his Achilles. Chalmers left the locker room in Boston on Wednesday night, March 9, in a wheelchair. In context, perhaps so did the rest of the Grizzlies’ season.

17. Allen Leads Depleted Grizzlies Past Cleveland -

So what’s the real explanation for the Grizzlies’ stunning 106-103 victory over LeBron James and the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers? You know, given that they played without (long list here): Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Brandan Wright and Chris Andersen?

18. Grit and Grind in Cleveland: With 26 Points from Tony Allen, Undermanned Grizz Beat Cavs 106-103 -

So what’s the real explanation for the Grizzlies’ stunning 106-103 victory over LeBron James and the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers? You know, given that they played without (long list here): Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Brandan Wright and Chris Andersen?

19. Sports Notebook: Tigers End With Win, Suns Beat Grizzlies -

A laugher. The University of Memphis basketball team hasn’t had many of those this season, but they got one to end the American Athletic Conference schedule with an 83-53 victory at East Carolina.

20. Still Tough to Play, Grizzlies Blending Old And New Ways to Keep Winning -

Coach George Karl’s Denver teams used to battle against this incarnation of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, his Sacramento Kings come into FedExForum and engage in elbow-to-elbow and push-and-pull hardwood combat with the edited version of this era’s Grizzlies.

21. Post-Gasol: Grizz Doing What They Have To Do, How They Have To Do It -

Marc Gasol has said it. Zach Randolph has said it. Tony Allen has said it ad nauseam.

“We hang our hats on the defensive end.”

22. For Grizz the Time Is Now and Later -

Trades happen. “It’s part of the league,” said point guard Mike Conley. Major injuries happen, too. “Very difficult,” coach Dave Joerger said.

23. Joerger to Co-Chair Feb. 18 ‘A Serving for Tennis’ -

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara Joerger, will co-chair the third annual “A Serving for Tennis” event on Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Cadre Building, 149 Monroe Ave.

24. Life Without Marc? Yes, and Grizz Still Have Something to Play For -

In their first game after learning their franchise player had fractured his right foot and would be lost to the team indefinitely – and yes, perhaps for the rest of the season – the Grizzlies reacted just the way that was needed: They went out to Brooklyn and demolished the hapless Nets before starting their All-Star break.

25. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted – Played -

We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible. Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions. It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.

26. Gasol Just Did What We Really Wanted -- Played -

We want our pro athletes tough and, if possible, indestructible.

Makes us feel like they’re actually entitled to their millions.

It works out well for everyone. Player wins. Team wins. Fans win.

27. Grizz Lose 2nd-Straight OT Game and Gasol to Foot Injury -

As images go, it doesn’t get much worse than seeing center Marc Gasol being helped off the court, forward Jeff Green inadvertently tapping in a shot for the other team at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and former Grizzly Ed Davis doing the kind of work that inspired praise from Portland coach Terry Stotts.

28. Grizzlies Rolling Toward The All-Star Break -

After the Grizzlies had gone into New Orleans and handed the Pelicans a 110-95 defeat, Anthony Davis neatly summed up the transformation that occurs – has been occurring – when the Grizzlies shoot from the perimeter like a real live contemporary NBA team.

29. Memphis Grizzlies Off The Grid As Record Rises -

When the Memphis Grizzlies rolled out to that hot start last season and carried a 39-14 record into the All-Star break, they had created legitimate national buzz – perhaps for the first time ever during the course of an NBA regular season.

30. Grizzlies Notebook: Conley ‘In Rhythm’ In 1st Game Back -

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had a simple goal for his first game back: “I just wanted to not mess up anything, to keep everybody involved and still pick and choose my spots to be aggressive.”

31. 8 Games Behind Where They Were Last Year, Grizz Need Z-Bo More Than Ever -

You can’t say the sports gods don’t have a sense of humor. On Jan. 12, 2015, the Grizzlies made a three-way trade with Boston and New Orleans that sent away the team’s designated whipping boy with fans (Tayshaun Prince) and the pouty Quincy Pondexter and brought in the athletic, the dynamic, the difference-making, Jeff Green.

32. Grizzlies Notebook: Zach Randolph Still Mr. Double-Double, Even Off the Bench -

Ever since Memphis coach Dave Joerger decided to have power forward Zach Randolph play off the bench, he has been Mr. Team First and Mr. Positive Attitude.

He also is still capable of being Mr. Double-Double.

33. For Grizzlies, Defense and Mental Toughness Trump Style of Play -

In their last game of the 2015 calendar year, the Memphis Grizzlies had survived an epic fourth-quarter scoring drought, climbed above Marc Gasol’s broad shoulders in overtime, and emerged with a 99-90 victory over the Miami Heat at a happy FedExForum.

34. Grizzlies Sign Ryan Hollins, Release Russ Smith -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released second-year guard Russ Smith and signed veteran center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Hollins, a 7-footer, impressed in training camp before being released and signing with the Washington Wizards. He started three of five games for the Wizards and was waived on Dec. 23. Hollins, a 10-year NBA veteran, will give the Grizzlies a backup center for Marc Gasol.

35. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

36. Grizzlies Sign Ryan Hollins, Waive Guard Russ Smith -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released second-year guard Russ Smith and signed veteran center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Hollins, a 7-footer, impressed in training camp before being released and signing with the Washington Wizards. He started three of five games for the Wizards and was waived on Dec. 23. Hollins, a 10-year NBA veteran, will give the Grizzlies a backup center for Marc Gasol.

37. Grizzlies Release Russ Smith, Sign Ryan Hollins -

The Memphis Grizzlies have released second-year guard Russ Smith and signed veteran center Ryan Hollins, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Hollins, a 7-footer, impressed in training camp before being released and signing with the Washington Wizards. He started three of five games for the Wizards and was waived on Dec. 23. Hollins, a 10-year NBA veteran, will give the Grizzlies a backup center for Marc Gasol.

38. The Pressure of Parity: There’s Golden State … And Everybody Else -

San Antonio had just handed the Grizzlies a 20-point home loss. Someone asked Spurs coach Gregg Popovich what his team could take from the game.

His answer: Even the Spurs were a work in progress, continuing to chase the shadows of perfection. Which, on Dec. 3, was personified in the still-undefeated Golden State Warriors.

39. Grizzlies Talk New Lineup, Easing Schedule and Christmas Presents -

Feel like Christmas is closing in on you? Feel like you’re being double-teamed – work and all the usual daily responsibilities, plus shopping for family and friends?

The Grizzlies are right there with you. Coach Dave Joerger admits his shopping is not done. Neither is Vince Carter’s, even though he’s been balancing the holidays and the grind of an NBA season for going on 20 years.

40. Going Small, Grizzlies Score Big Against Wizards -

Before the game, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger confirmed the lineup change that moved power forward Zach Randolph and swingman Tony Allen to the bench and installed forward Matt Barnes and guard Courtney Lee as starters – and left forward Jeff Green as a starter – wasn’t just a one-time whim while in Miami.

41. Grizzlies Know Survive and Advance Isn’t Just a Motto for Postseason -

When the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 2015-16 schedule, they knew from season’s start to mid-December would be especially challenging.

Or to be blunt about it: dangerous and potentially disastrous if the injury bug had bitten hard.

42. Grizzlies Avoid Epic Loss, Still Lack Signature Win -

Perhaps Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, will be the date that the Philadelphia 76ers break their record-tying 18-game losing streak to start an NBA season. The 76ers will be at home against the just-as-awful Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who recently announced he will retire at the end of this season.

43. So Far, Just Call Him the Grizzlies’ Super Mario -

So it’s safe to say that Mario Chalmers has converted Memphis fans.

As he was scoring 29 points in the Grizzlies’ 122-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday, Nov. 16, at FedExForum, scoring 16 of those points in the fourth quarter on two threes and nine free throws, the faithful began chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P.”

44. Grizz Learning There’s No Extra Credit Just for Trying -

When they weren’t playing hard, that was the most distressing part.

How could the Grizzlies begin the season with so little want-to?

Now that they’ve rediscovered their pride – rising up in the fourth quarter at Utah to lose by a respectable margin, playing the hated Clippers close, and even competing with the Golden State Warriors for a while Wednesday, Nov. 11 – they still lose.

45. Warriors, Curry Too Much For Grizzlies – And Everyone Else So Far -

Stephen Curry had seen this game before, in this building, in the playoffs and in the regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies were trying to do what they always try to do – drag a high-powered offensive machine such as the Golden State Warriors into the mud and not let them get up.

46. Reports: Grizz Trade for Miami's Chalmers, Ennis -

As first reported by Yahoo Sports, the Memphis Grizzlies have made a move to upgrade their bench by trading backup point guard Beno Udrih and second-year forward Jarnell Stokes to the Miami Heat for point guard Mario Chalmers and forward James Ennis.

47. Grizzlies: Old Enough To Know Better -

In the minutes after the Grizzlies’ worst loss in franchise history, Dave Joerger reached for the “O-Word.”

That’s right, the coach admitted the Grizzlies sometimes “look a little bit old.”

48. Ugly Beginning: Grizz Start Season With 30-Point Loss to Cleveland -

It was two hours before tip-off of the first game of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season. Fans were not yet inside FedExForum, but there was an air of anticipation because in the pro sports world opening night is like its own New Year’s Day.

49. Grizz Tip Off Season to Begin Pursuit of Another Playoffs Run -

The Memphis Grizzlies had just endured a 22-60 season, a season so bad that coach Mike Fratello had been fired right after Christmas.

A season so bad that the Grizzlies didn’t win their 10th game of the season until January.

50. Together Again -

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.

51. Grizz May Be Able to Speed Up A Few Minutes at a Time -

It meant nothing – the final score, the individual stats … none of it mattered. And yet when the Grizzlies ran out for the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, before a half-empty FedExForum on Tuesday Oct. 6, it felt good and it felt right.

52. Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Knicks' coach -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes says the NBA is investigating what happened with his former teammate, Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in California and called the incident a "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point.

53. Young Energy Could Boost Veteran Grizzlies -

Of the 15 Grizzlies players on guaranteed contracts, four are entering their second season in the NBA and one is a rookie.

While all of those players currently reside outside the team’s regular rotation, the four second-year players have a chance to carve out a niche for themselves; rookie forward Jarell Martin fractured his foot in a summer workout and his development figures to be delayed.

54. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8 -

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

55. After Trying to Just Fit In, Jeff Green Looks to Make Bigger Impact on Grizz -

Center Marc Gasol looks at Jeff Green and sees what does not exist anywhere else on the Grizzlies’ veteran, often plodding, roster.

56. Veteran Grizzlies Working Hard to Prevent Injuries -

Just before the Grizzlies departed for California and the start of their preseason training camp this week, point guard Mike Conley explained why he was going to continue wearing that mask. You know, the one he made famous with his superhero performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals when the Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors on their home floor.

57. Grizzlies Set Roster for Training Camp -

The Memphis Grizzlies training camp roster stands at 20 after the team signed five free agents: Yakhouba Diawara, Ryan Hollins, Michael Holyfield, Lazeric Jones and Daniel Nwaelele.

58. Minute by Minute, Grizzlies Need More Rest -

We hope that Mike Conley’s mask is in a museum somewhere, never to be needed again.

We hope Marc Gasol has not made the mistake of always carrying his wallet in the same hip pocket. I mean, $110 million is pretty heavy weight. We don’t need Big Spain having back issues.

59. Grizzlies to Hold Open Practice on Oct. 13 -

The Memphis Grizzlies have a full schedule of community events planned for the next few weeks, including the annual open practice to be held Oct. 13 at FedExForum.

The open practice will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., when coach Dave Joerger will put the 2015-16 edition of the Grizzlies through a series of drills.

60. Tony Allen: Starting Doesn’t Matter … 'I Showed That Already' -

Training camp for the Memphis Grizzlies is just three weeks away.

When its starts, All-Star center Marc Gasol will be safely back in the fold after having signed a long-term extension over the summer. The Grizzlies will have added a veteran big man in Brandan Wright and another wing player in Matt Barnes, once part of the enemy that is the Los Angeles Clippers.

61. Grizz Coach Joerger Hosting Junior Tennis Benefit -

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger will host the second annual Grizzlies Season Preview Dinner on Sept. 22.

The event will benefit National Junior Tennis & Learning and will be held at Colonial Country Club, 2736 Countrywood Parkway.

62. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season -

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.

But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

63. Grizzlies Double-Down on ‘Nasty’ With Addition of Once-Heartless Matt Barnes -

Here's the Matt Barnes resume ...

• Kicked a water bottle and cussed at a fan during an L.A. Clippers game at the Washington Wizards and fined $25,000 by the NBA.

• Fined $25,000 by the league for profane language directed at Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.

64. Grizzlies' Jeff Green Exercises Player Option for 2015-16 -

Forward Jeff Green, whom the Grizzlies acquired from the Boston Celtics in the middle of last season, will return to the team for the 2015-16 season after exercising a $9.2 million player option.

65. Every Year’s Different, and 2015 Belongs to Golden State Warriors -

It went six games, Golden State winning 105-97 in Cleveland to give the Warriors their first NBA championship in 40 years, Andre Iguodala winning the series MVP, and LeBron James saying he didn’t know if this loss hurt more than his three others in the NBA Finals.

66. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better -

The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.

67. Grizzlies’ Kosta Koufos a Free Agent and Target of Other Teams -

Far behind the headlines of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol’s impending free agency is this 7-foot, 265-pound fact: Backup Kosta Koufos is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Koufos again proved solid in his secondary role behind the league’s best center, averaging 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds this season, providing good defense around the rim, and being the consummate never-make-waves teammate.

68. Memphis Grizzlies’ Gasol Earns Highest Career Honor -

Marc Gasol is now in the same company as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Memphis Grizzlies center Gasol has been named to the All-NBA First Team for the 2014-15 season. This marks the second All-NBA selection of Gasol’s career (Second Team in 2012-13), and he is the first player in franchise history to be recognized on the All-NBA First Team.

69. Reality Change -

“The ecosystem of the team is always live and is always shifting. You have to be able to adjust with whatever the situation might be at the time.”

– Marc Gasol

Roll those words from Marc Gasol over in your mind. Hold them up to the light so you can see them from every possible angle, so you can find hope, fear, inspiration, desperation and, last but not least, ambiguity and mystery.

70. Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol Earns Highest Career Honor -

Marc Gasol is now in the same company as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

Memphis Grizzlies center Gasol has been named to the All-NBA First Team for the 2014-15 season. This marks the second All-NBA selection of Gasol’s career (Second Team in 2012-13), and he is the first player in franchise history to be recognized on the All-NBA First Team.

71. With barrage of 3-pointers, Warriors close out Grizz in Game 6 -

Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”

72. Painful Lesson: Grizzlies Make Warriors Better -

There was so much that the Golden State Warriors did not have to be taught. They did, after all, win 67 games in the regular season. They swept the New Orleans Pelicans out of the first round and coach Monty Williams out of his job.

73. Last Stand: Only a Game 6 Victory Can Keep Grizzlies’ Season Alive -

With Tony Allen on the bench because of a strained hamstring and thus not available to wander through the junior dance team’s routine or to harass Golden State guard Klay Thompson, the crowd at Oracle Arena for Game 5 needed another target.

74. Warriors Make Adjustments to Even Series With Grizzlies -

In Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger’s mind there is a magic number, and that number is 100, as in points.

The Grizzlies were far from that number in losing Game 4 101-84 to the Golden State Warriors Monday, May 11, at FedExForum as Stephen Curry lived up to his MVP status with 33 points. The series shifts to Oakland for Game 5 Wednesday night, May 13, all even at 2-2.

75. Grizz Aim to Make Memorable Win the Start of Long, Grinding Series -

They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.

76. Grizz Fall Behind Without Conley -

More than a week off didn’t lead to the kind of rusty performance that might have made the Golden State Warriors vulnerable in the first game of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series with the Grizzlies.

77. With or Without Conley, Grizz Face Pass-Fail Exam in Golden State -

We will get to the looming challenge that is the Golden State Warriors in just a moment.

But first, something needs to be said.

No matter what it is in your favor, including a 3-0 series lead, you don’t just push a button for automatic passage to the next round of the NBA Playoffs. The Portland Trail Blazers reminded us of this truth when they rallied in Game 4 to bring the series back to Memphis.

78. Without Conley, Grizzlies Use Team Effort to Take Out Portland -

Zach Randolph scored the first six points of the game – “throw it to the hand” being an immediate and excellent choice.

Marc Gasol finished with a double-double – 26 points and 14 rebounds – and afterward spoke of team defense being the key component in the victory, saying, “It’s always our key.”

79. Shoot to Score: Lee and Grizzlies Find Touch and Go Up 2-0 on Portland -

Plenty of NBA players need to shoot less. But pretty much everyone on the Grizzlies roster is in agreement that guard Courtney Lee needs to shoot more.

And they told Lee so on a night when he would finish with 18 points, hitting on 8-of-11 shots from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

80. Grizzlies Flexing Playoff Experience -

It was a perfectly rational question from the perspective of the person asking it, but a flat-out crazy question if you were Marc Gasol.

This was after Game 2, Grizzlies 97, Portland 82. There was much cheering and growl towel waving in FedExForum and beyond, and much disappointment and maybe even depression in the Trail Blazers’ locker room and back in Oregon; although word is, folks out there do know how to self-medicate.

81. Grizzlies Game 1 Victory ‘Like a Breath of Fresh Air’ -

For weeks, maybe months, the Memphis Grizzlies played as though they often didn’t have enough oxygen. It was as though during the last third of the NBA’s 82-game regular season, their air would be cut off at the start of the games, or for a quarter, or when trying to protect a lead.

82. Taking Care of Business -

The postseason is – take your pick – a new season, the second season, the only season that matters.

But before delving into the Grizzlies’ path in the NBA Playoffs, which starts with the Grizzlies as the 5 seed in a first-round Western Conference matchup up with 4-seed Portland Sunday night at FedExForum, a rewind is in order.

83. Predicting the NBA Playoffs: LeBron Doesn’t Win Another Ring -

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, when asked to offer an opinion on the most deserving candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player, recoiled, laughed, and took a pass.

“I’m not touching that one,” he said. “Might be seeing some of those jokers in the next couple of weeks.”

84. Gasol Keeps Grizzlies at Home for Game 1 of Playoffs -

Why not make Fan Appreciation Night simple?

Maybe that’s the question center Marc Gasol asked himself before going out and, despite a sprained ankle, scoring a career-high 33 points, pulling down 13 rebounds, and letting go a happy expletive after a sweet fade-away jumper didn’t even touch net.

85. Grizzlies Find Themselves – At Least for 48 Glorious Minutes -

That happy butt-slap Zach Randolph gave himself galloping down the court in the midst of the most jubilant night at The Grindhouse in months?

He did not steal that from Marc Gasol.

“He got that from me,” Randolph said, his laugher filling the Grizzlies’ locker room after a 110-74 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans restored faith for the masses and perhaps to the players themselves.

86. Pelicans Game Presents Grizzlies’ Next Chance -

When you win, everything makes sense. After the Grizzlies got three days of rest and returned to FedExForum to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Dave Joerger started his post-game press conference with the most logical basketball talk in the world.

87. Make Some Noise? Grizzlies’ Goals Still Attainable -

Stylistically, it was a bit of short of spectacular. No one on the Grizzlies cracked 20 points, the opponent was bound for the NBA Draft Lottery, and the game was less about buzz and more about finally taking care of business on the home court.

88. Grizzlies’ Carter, Lee Confident Long-Range Shots Will Fall -

The Memphis Grizzlies take and make fewer 3-point shots than any team in the NBA not named the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Yet in the early days of this season, when seemingly everything the Grizzlies did went right, guard Courtney Lee was at the top of the league’s 3-point shooting list and point guard Mike Conley wasn’t far behind.

89. Grizz Suffer ‘Beat Down’ as LBJ and Cavs Continue to Step Up -

The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a three-game winning streak. The Memphis Grizzlies were on a three-game winning streak. They were each the No. 2 seed in their respective conferences.

It set up to be a very competitive, perhaps even memorable, game. But the Cavaliers’ 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 25, at FedExForum was, as Tony Allen, put it, “an old-fashioned beat down.”

90. Grizzlies Carry Three-Win Streak Into Home Game With Cavs -

When the Memphis Grizzlies won by 21 points at New York Monday night, they won their 50th game of the season, clinched a fifth straight playoff berth and second-year head coach Dave Joerger earned his 100th victory.

91. Tennis Memphis Nets Grant From National Foundation -

Tennis Memphis Inc., the nonprofit that manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, has received a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association Foundation as part of its National Junior Tennis & Learning capacity building program.

92. Grizzlies Turnaround Not As Easy as Flipping a Switch -

Consider just one headline from Yahoo Sports to demonstrate how fast a single word in a quote can blow up and get the media and fans alike into panic mode:

“Have the Memphis Grizzlies gone ‘soft’ since going Green?”

93. Grizzlies’ Worries Shouldn’t Include Tony’s Temper -

What, you expected this Grizzlies season to be all wine and roses? Or in the Memphis vernacular, all microbrew and barbecue?

The NBA season does not work like that. Not even for the really, really good teams.

94. Flip-Flops Can Wait As Grizz Keep Putting in Work -

The Memphis Grizzlies won 39 games before the All-Star break. How significant is that? Five times since they’ve been in Memphis, the Grizzlies failed to win 29 games all season.

Not so long ago, fans would have judged a 39-win Grizzlies team to be playing with house money. But not now.

95. Three Questions Grizzlies Must Answer to Keep Momentum -

They have banked 39 wins and earned their current standing – emphasis on the word current – as the team with the second-best record in the Western Conference behind Golden State.

So if the playoffs started today….

96. Radio Host Zeke Logan Dies After Cancer Battle -

Radio personality Zeke Logan died Tuesday, Feb. 10, following a cancer diagnosis just a few months earlier.

Logan, 49, teamed with Drake Hall to form the Drake and Zeke radio team, whose show most recently was broadcast on 98.1 the Max. Logan’s son made the announcement of his death on-air. Logan had not been doing the show for several weeks.

97. One Team, Two Coaches: Grizzlies A Product of Hollins-Joerger -

Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.

“It could have been a train wreck, honestly,” point guard Mike Conley said.

98. Radio Personality Zeke Logan Dies After Cancer Battle -

Radio personality Zeke Logan died Tuesday, Feb. 10, following a cancer diagnosis just a few months earlier.

Logan, 49, teamed with Drake Hall to form the Drake and Zeke radio team, whose show most recently was broadcast on 98.1 the Max. Logan’s son made the announcement of his death on-air. Logan had not been doing the show for several weeks.

99. Grizzlies Dominate Inside in Win Over Atlanta -

Guess which NBA team this player is talking about: “It’s a playoff team. It’s a team that’s going to play hard on every possession. Offensively and defensively they pay attention to executing.” That sounds a lot like what many opposing players passing through FedExForum this season have said about the Grizzlies. But it was Tony Allen talking about the Atlanta Hawks – after the Grizzlies defeated the Eastern Conference’s top team 94-88 here last Sunday night.

100. Joerger to Co-Chair Event Benefiting Tennis Memphis -

Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger and his wife, Kara Joerger, will co-chair the second annual “A Serving for Tennis” event Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum. The event will benefit Tennis Memphis and their National Junior Tennis and Learning program.