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1. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee -

Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.

2. Give Rudy Gay An Assist on Origin Of ‘Grit and Grind’ -

Did Tony Allen say too much? That’s the question after The Grindfather – yes, he retains the title even if he signs elsewhere as a free agent – answered a question about the origin of “grit and grind” in an interview with MassLive.com.

3. Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title -

Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.

4. Sports Notebook: Grizzlies Sign Selden, Set Summer League Roster -

The Memphis Grizzlies and their notable free agents – JaMychal Green, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Vince Carter – have been fairly quiet. That could change at any moment, of course, and Randolph in particular is the subject of speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in pursuit of one of the best sixth men in the NBA last season.

5. Grizzlies Grabbed Accomplished College Players in NBA Draft -

When last week’s NBA Draft tipped off, the Grizzlies were outsiders with no picks. It didn’t stay that way. General manager Chris Wallace had indicated weeks earlier the Grizzlies would approach this draft as if they had picks, adding, “You don’t know what opportunities will come your way in the 11th hour.”

6. For Grizzlies, a New Chapter About to Begin -

The June 22nd NBA Draft will tip off without the Memphis Grizzlies. At least that’s the case almost one week out. The Grizzlies have no picks.

What they do have, in abundance, are free agents.

7. Business Time -

Had the flattering comments come from the Memphis Grizzlies’ own content producers, Grind City Media, they would have been easy enough to dismiss. After all, that would have been like what center Marc Gasol said at season’s end when stressing the importance of candid evaluation.

8. His Team: After One Season, David Fizdale Leaves Fingerprints on Grizzlies -

The pain of losing his first NBA playoff series as a rookie head coach was still fresh, still raw. The night before, David Fizdale watched as his Grizzlies fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 in the first round.

9. 7 Takeaways as Grizzlies Transition to Off-Season -

The Grizzlies’ Game 6 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round playoff series ended their 2016-2017 season. Less than 24 hours later at FedExForum, first-year coach David Fizdale and players met with the media to recap the season that was and to look ahead.

10. Spurs Win Series with 103-96 Victory in Game 6 -

With 6:29 left in the fourth quarter San Antonio’s Danny Green fouled Mike Conley as he was attempting a 3-point shot. It was a mistake that went against the Spurs’ championship DNA. And when Conley made all three free throws, the Memphis Grizzlies owned an 88-81 lead late Thursday night within the friendly confines of FedExForum.

11. Fizdale’s Rant Echoes Before Game 3 vs. Spurs -

As expected, the NBA reacted to Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s press conference critique of its officials by handing out a $30,000 fine. Fizdale spared no opinion after the Game 2 first-round playoff series loss in San Antonio, detailing a free-throw disparity that had Kawhi Leonard shooting 19 free throws to the 15 takes by all of the Grizzlies.

12. Game 1 Suggests Grizzlies Don’t Have Enough to Compete for 48 Minutes -

The Grizzlies can win a quarter. They won the first quarter in Game 1 of their playoff series at San Antonio. Even led by as many as 13 points before carrying a 30-25 lead into the second quarter.

But in the three quarters that followed they were outscored 27-19, 32-15 and 27-18. That added up to a 111-82 loss that, until the Grizzlies prove otherwise, confirmed the worst fears about how this series will go.

13. If It’s the NBA Playoffs, It Must Be Grizzlies vs. Spurs -

For the fifth time in the 10 playoff seasons in franchise history, the Memphis Grizzlies will play the San Antonio Spurs. They have been swept them by them in the first round twice (2004 and 2016), swept in the Western Conference Finals (2013) and shocked the NBA by upsetting the Spurs as the No. 8 seed in the first round (2011).

14. Grizzlies Limp Into Closing of Regular Season -

For a brief and blessed time the Grizzlies’ injury reports were vacant. This was back before Chandler Parsons’ season ended with yet another knee issue, before Marc Gasol’s left foot strain, JaMychal Green’s sore left shoulder and Andrew Harrison’s gimpy right ankle.

15. The Conductor, Mike Conley, Orchestrating A Career Year -

Hours before the Indiana Pacers found themselves caught in the middle of a tornadic offensive performance from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, there was a calm at FedExForum. As the Grizzlies went through their day-of-game shoot-around, Conley was almost still, standing off to the side and playing coach. With Conley’s history of being banged up at this stage of the season, Tony Allen was understandably concerned.

16. No Time to Rest: NBA Has a Problem -

We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.

Of course, there is no mention of changing time zones in that passage. Nor anything about the challenge of creating on the second night of a back-to-back.

17. Late in the Season, Grizzlies Still Seeking Consistency, Chemistry -

Players and coach David Fizdale have had some, well, interesting things to say in the wake of that dreadful 122-109 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets. But this isn’t about one game, one lineup change or even one quote from Fizdale that at times has been taken out of context.

18. As Rookie NBA Head Coach, Grizzlies’ David Fizdale Earns Acclaim -

He has been forthright – with his players and when speaking with the media. First-year Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale doesn’t go in for verbal gymnastics or political double-talk.

Nor does he worry about appearances. He cancelled shoot-arounds on game days multiple times right before the All-Star break because he believed his veteran guys could use the rest. A more paranoid coach, a less assured man, might have worried about the fallout if the results were not good.

19. Grizzlies Hold Spurs to Season-Low for Points in 89-74 Victory -

No Grizzlies player scored more than 15 points or made more than one 3-pointer. The team’s big free agent signing in the off-season, forward Chandler Parsons, suffered through another cold shooting night going 1 of 10 from the floor.

20. Resetting the Bar -

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.

In Memphis, on the eve of the 2016-2017 NBA and college basketball seasons, they also share this in common: They are leaders that are worlds apart from their most immediate predecessors. Their mere presence, before the season even tips off, has changed the hopes, dreams and expectations for the city’s hoops fans.

21. 24 Questions: Counting Down to the Start of the NBA Season -

With the start of the NBA season drawing near, let’s get that shot clock running and put up 24 questions in need of answers:

24. Will the Philadelphia 76ers, who were at FedExForum to play the Grizzlies in a preseason game this past week, finally crack 20 victories after winning 19 games three seasons ago, then 18, and only 10 last season?

22. Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz -

At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:

“I feel like everything that’s happened during my career has led up to this point. This is the launching point. This is just the beginning. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to #BelieveMemphis.”

23. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show -

Not a lot of films have their world premieres in Memphis. But if it is summer and the Grizzlies have a crucial player becoming a free agent, then it’s time for a Craig Brewer short film.

24. Second Annual TigerAlumni Game June 25 -

Former University of Memphis Tiger players Willie Kemp and Jeremy Hunt are hosting the second annual Blue vs. Gray Memphis Tigers Alumni Game, which will feature 26 former players at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

25. Second Annual Tigers Alumni Game Saturday -

Former University of Memphis Tiger players Willie Kemp and Jeremy Hunt are hosting the second annual Blue vs. Gray Memphis Tigers Alumni Game, which will feature 26 former players at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

26. Believe It or Not -

Long before Jim Strickland was mayor of Memphis, he was a thirtysomething lawyer and sports fan. Not always in that order. He loved the University of Memphis – his alma mater – and rooted like crazy for the basketball team. And on those less frequent occasions when there was a reason to believe, for the football team, too.

27. New Grizzlies Coach Fizdale Plans to Win Now -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

28. New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale: 'I'm Here to Win' -

David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.

“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”

29. Tony Allen Selected to NBA All-Defensive Second Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced.

This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team selection in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.

30. Tony Allen Selected to NBA All-Defensive Second Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced.

This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team selection in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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?

34. Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home -

April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.

Hubie Brown was the Grizzlies coach then, and the NBA’s Coach of the Year for overseeing a 50-win season. The Gasol on the team was Pau and Bonzi Wells was the more controlled forerunner to Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson.

35. 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.

36. 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).

37. 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.

38. 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.”

39. 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.

40. 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.”

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. Gasol, Barnes Lead Grizzlies Past Pacers 96-84 -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Even as the Memphis Grizzlies transition into a small-ball style team, they realize defense is still the key to their success.

Memphis forced Indiana into 17 turnovers and 39 percent shooting in a 96-84 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night.

45. Spurs Snap Grizzlies' Four-Game Winning Streak, 92-82 -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs played poorly, were not sharp and heard all about it during a fiery timeout.

Imagine if they had lost.

Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs held on to snap the Memphis Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 92-82 victory Saturday night.

46. Whisenhunt’s Failed Tenure Now Easier to Understand -

It was only one game, one win, but it was clear in the aftermath Sunday just how much the Tennessee Titans needed the victory they got in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

After an emotional week highlighted by the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, interim coach Mike Mularkey and the remainder of Whisenhunt’s staff was able to rally the team and find a way to end a six-game losing streak that derailed the 2015 season almost from the start.

47. 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.

48. Grizzlies, the Story and the Brand, Winning at Box Office, Too -

Memphis is backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sixth NBA city. And the four most previous ones – Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and New York – have not been happy places of late.

Much losing, too many empty seats, an overall downer vibe.

49. Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas -

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.

Kickoff can’t come soon enough for Jones and his staff Saturday night when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) play host to Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. Repair, Fence Ordered For Downtown Building -

The owner of a long-vacant Downtown building that suffered a partial roof collapse last week following heavy rain must erect “appropriate” fencing around the structure, according to Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.

54. Memphis Sole -

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

The 2.8 million-square-foot facility – the equivalent of 49 football fields – is Nike Inc.’s largest distribution center in the world.

55. 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.

56. Grizzlies' Allen Earns NBA 'First-Team All-Defense' -

Before his hamstring injury flared up in the series against Golden State, Tony Allen shouted “first-team all-defense” as a television network microphone made his declaration audible to the free world.

57. 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.

58. I Believe in Grit and Grind. Amen. -

GLORY BE. As an early convert, I was there for their first win ever – the first outward and visible sign for a city so in need of faith. While we knew grit and grind all too well, who knew we would come to embrace that identity and its disciples with religious fervor?

59. 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.

60. Grizzlies Playoff Picture Muddled, but Another Clippers Series Very Possible -

Sit down, take a couple of aspirin – and no one will blame you if you reach for something stronger – and let’s try to figure out the maddening playoff possibilities for the Memphis Grizzlies.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. Dream Season -

The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.

64. Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies -

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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?

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. A Wise Sports Fan Appreciates the Journey -

So what does Team USA’s soccer experience and the Memphis Grizzlies experience have in common?

You know, besides the obvious – playing against a bunch of floppers/whiners, be they from Portugal or Lob City?

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.”

75. ‘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.

76. 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.

77. Petties Case Reveals Dark Details -

One of the last loose ends in the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court was rounded up last week, with a 15-year prison sentence for a childhood friend of drug kingpin Craig Petties.

78. 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?

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. Argent Hire Underscores Firm’s Growth -

The hiring of Phil Buchanan by Argent Financial Group as the company’s new president underscores what’s been a continual growth story at Argent.

Even before the Ruston, La.-based financial services firm established a Memphis presence in 2010, but especially since then, Argent has opened new offices, added staff, solidified its presence here and still managed to prepare for growth to come.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. TJX Leases Up Chickasaw Building D -

The TJX Cos. Inc. has inked a substantial deal in Southeast Memphis, representing the largest industrial lease so far in 2013.

88. Patterson Warehouses Adds Space -

Patterson Warehouses Inc. is boosting its longtime local presence with a new lease in DeSoto County.

The renowned player in Memphis’ third-party logistics industry is leasing 237,952 square feet of Class A space in Marathon Distribution Center, 295 Marathon Way in Southaven.

89. FTN Financial Grows With New Offices, Hires -

First Tennessee Bank’s capital markets subsidiary has been on a tear lately. FTN Financial has grown on several fronts, including with the addition of a public finance department as it expands into the general market municipal bond sector and with the opening of new offices as part of that expansion. The company also has opened additional new offices around the country and added employees in other areas to handle general growth.

90. By the Numbers -

John Hollinger is a familiar sight at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the event Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has jokingly described as Geekapalooza.

Hollinger was a panelist this past March at the most recent conference, when he was still an ESPN columnist and a few months away from being offered a job in the Memphis Grizzlies front office.

91. Tigers Fans: Sit Back, Soak it In -

Former Tigers coach John Calipari had a convenient label for fans and media members who dared to question him or worry about less than near-perfect results.

“The Miserables,” Calipari whined on more than one occasion.

92. StyleCraft Signs Lease At Airways Building E -

Home decor company StyleCraft Home Collection Inc. has signed a 167,600-square-foot lease at Industrial Developments International’s Airways Distribution Center Building E.

93. Kings Top Grizzlies 119-110 for Third Straight Win -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart took off his blue jacket and tossed it to DeMarcus Cousins. The fouled-out forward played coach for the final minute, and everybody on the bench enjoyed a laugh.

94. Miss. Drug Kingpin Talks of Life on Run in Mexico With Petties -

When Dave Warner learned police and federal agents were searching his house in Mississippi in 2004, he ran. And while he was on the run, he got a phone call from Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties who said Warner could come live in Mexico where Petties had fled two years earlier.

95. Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Tobias Pride said the drug kingpin who hired him to kill Antonio Allen in 2002 had proof “in black and white” that Allen had been cooperating with law enforcement.

96. UPDATE: Jury Hears Recording of Hit Man Talking With Petties Target -

Big drug dealers don’t count the money as soon as they make a drug deal. They wait until they leave the exchange to count it.

That was among the details offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the full-day of testimony by Orlando Pride, a long time member of the violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties.

97. Petties Associate Testifies On Drug Ring's Origins and Growth -

The violent multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties began with a group of eight and nine-year-old boys in the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis selling rocks of crack cocaine to those in cars who would drive down their street, West Dison Avenue, in the neighborhood.

98. Testimony to Begin in Fed Drug Case -

The first witnesses could testify Monday, Feb. 13, in the federal drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire trial of Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis.

99. Grizzlies Show Fatigue As Season Grinds On -

This isn’t the San Antonio Spurs’ first rodeo, so spare them the tales of woe over the lockout-shortened season, its compressed schedule and more back-to-back games.

If any other NBA team wants to complain about the schedule, well, it is a free country. But understand: On Monday, Feb. 6, the Spurs started their annual “Rodeo Road Trip” with an 89-84 victory over the Grizzlies at FedExForum. It was just the first of nine straight road games – covering 7,941 miles – due to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo taking over their arena.

100. Grizzlies End 3-Game Skid, Beat Timberwolves 85-80 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Quincy Pondexter had nothing to show in his first opportunity to start for the injured Tony Allen.