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1. Grizzlies Begin Life Without Z-Bo and TA, But Cling to Grit & Grind -

Another Memphis Grizzlies Media Day is done, the first one in this seven-year playoff run after the departure of Tony Allen and Zach Randolph.

2. From Ownership to the Roster, Grizzlies Full of Questions -

Chandler Parsons’ knees. There are two well-documented concerns.

Depth at point guard. This isn’t just an annual concern, it’s a Grizzlies tradition as much as Zach Randolph throwing his headband into the crowd … oh, yeah, bad example.

3. Life After Tony Allen? A Lot More Boring Than Life With Tony Allen -

Tony Allen at his best was the best. Or as he loved to remind us all with a gesture and a shout: FIRST-TEAM ALL-DEFENSE!

But God love him, he was never easy.

No player, just like no person, is always at his best. We know this. We all have our highs and lows. Thing is, most of us spend much of life in that vast middle ground of our own, personal, averageness.

4. Will Grizzlies Have A Leg to Stand On? -

David Fizdale was eloquent as he again stated the city of Memphis should remove its Confederate statues. Chris Wallace appeared to have lost weight, an executive expression that this team will be ready for training camp in a few weeks.

5. A Season for Rethinking Options Makes Sense at This Point -

After another first-round playoff exit this spring, a very direct question was put to All-Star center Marc Gasol:

Was he still dedicated to the Grizzlies, to seeing this franchise become the best it can be?

6. Arrested in LA, Z-Bo Will Remain a Hero in Memphis -

Change the location. Change the month and the year, too.

Instead of Sacramento Kings free-agent signee Zach Randolph being arrested at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts in August of 2017, our beloved Z-Bo is arrested here.

7. Grizzlies Paradox: Get Younger, Get Older, Stay Relevant -

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to walk dual trails. It is what they must do, even if such hedging threatens to constrain both their immediate and long-range future.

We learned this week that 31-year-old point guard Mario Chalmers is returning to the Grizzlies on a partially guaranteed one-year contract. Two seasons ago, Chalmers was an impactful backup for Mike Conley until a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his season.

8. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

9. Sports Notebook: Grizz Moves Bring Tyreke Evans Back to Memphis -

The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.

Evans, according to ESPN, will make $3.3 million on the one-year deal. Evans, 27, played one year for the University of Memphis and then was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings.

10. The Press Box: Grizzlies Inevitable Victims of Identity Theft -

It was late last November and Zach Randolph was going to be away from the team for several days because of his mother’s passing. So before the Grizzlies played the Miami Heat at FedExForum, the head coach was asked how he would cover Randolph’s minutes.

11. Z-Bo Leaves Memphis With Many Memories -

Eight years ago this week, there was a press conference at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies had acquired a power forward via a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

As is the routine when the Grizzlies get a new player, he posed holding his new jersey – No. 50 – with general manager Chris Wallace. That was how the Zach Randolph years started here.

12. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

13. June 30-July 6, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2016: On the first day of the NBA’s free agency period, the Memphis Grizzlies offer point guard Mike Conley $153 million over five years to stay with the team – an NBA record contract. The same day in a related move, the Grizzlies come to terms with power forward Chandler Parsons on a four-year $94 million contract.

14. New Grizzlies Ready to Work, Free Agent Picture Still Cloudy -

All across the NBA landscape, teams are trotting out their second-round draft picks and saying the same things: We had these players rated higher. We couldn’t believe they were still there. And the classic, “We’re so happy they fell to us.”

15. 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.”

16. Grizzlies Swap Future Picks for Rabb, Brooks in 2nd Round -

AP – The Memphis Grizzlies just couldn't sit out the NBA draft, so they swapped a future second-round selection apiece for a pair of second-round players Thursday night.

The Grizzlies landed power forward Ivan Rabb of California with the 35th pick in a draft-night trade with the Orlando Magic, then made a deal with the Houston Rockets for the rights to shooting forward Dillon Brooks of Oregon. Memphis selected Brooks with the 45th pick.

17. 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.

18. Grizz Rookie Wade Baldwin Learned He Had Much to Learn -

In his first NBA preseason game, 2016 first-round draft pick Wade Baldwin wowed his Grizzlies teammates. Everything he shot went in the basket (15 points on 5-for-5 shooting) and he played with force and athleticism that, in retrospect, led to some true hoops hyperbole.

19. As FESJC Turns 60, There's No Taking PGA Tour Event for Granted -

This year marks the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s 60th year in Memphis. For decades the annual PGA Tour stop has signaled the start of summer and the arrival of stars ranging from Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus to Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.

20. Last Word: Carousel Preview, New Crime Stats and EDGE Does Multi-Family -

The group Friends of the Fairgrounds got together Thursday evening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and got the first group tour of the Grand Carousel center under construction at CMOM. This is as the museum focuses more on fundraising for the $6 million project that has already raised the money for the restoration of the carousel itself and now sets about the task of paying for the building around it including a banquet hall. Here’s a look from our Facebook page with more to come on CMOM and the Fairgrounds for the Monday edition that will probably go up on line Friday.

21. The Press Box: Conley Finds His Best Game Starts with Him -

After Mike Conley signed the richest deal in NBA history last summer – five years and $153 million – his old coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, Lionel Hollins, made a couple of predictions during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

22. Last Word: BSMF, Budget Books and Milli Vanilli -

Three days of sun and mild temperatures for the Beale Street Music Festival. Not to be all “Dawn Lazarus” about the weather. Of course, it wasn’t just that way over Tom Lee Park. And many of us continue to find there is life outside after you have determined your festival days may be behind you. We were all over the place this weekend including Tom Lee Park and Shelby Farms Park and backyards and trails and on a rising river. Can you still claim you were at BSMF if you were within earshot of it?

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Memphis United in Support of Grizzlies on National Playoffs Stage -

Yes, the Grizzlies’ 116-103 loss in Game 5 at San Antonio was disappointing. So step back a moment and remember the atmosphere at FedExForum – and across the city – during the two wins that briefly evened this first-round West Conference Playoff Series at 2-2.

28. Grizzlies Understand They Need to Improve to Win Game 5 -

The Grizzlies’ Game 4 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs produced plenty of memorable moments. From Mike Conley’s 35 points and game-tying floater at the end of the fourth quarter to rookie Andrew Harrison’s come-from-behind block of Patty Mills by the rim to Marc Gasol’s game-winning shot over LaMarcus Aldridge.

29. Grizzlies Even Series with Spurs in Game 4 OT Victory -

It’s a series now. Check that, it’s more than a series.

It’s a gunfight minus the spoons. It’s the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies having a real chance to take out the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs and the NBA’s preeminent coach and a cold-blooded superstar that almost single-handedly broke Bluff City hearts.

30. Grizzlies Beat Spurs 105-94 in Game 3 -

The tone had been set three nights earlier in San Antonio. First-year coach David Fizdale had watched his team not just get beat by the San Antonio Spurs, but in his view disrespected by the officials.

31. 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.

32. Fizdale Blasts Officiating After Game 2 Loss to Spurs -

The NBA no doubt will be taking some money from Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the form of a fine for his comments Monday, April 17, following the 96-82 loss at San Antonio in Game 2 of this playoff series.

33. 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.

34. 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).

35. 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.

36. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

37. 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.

38. Grizzlies Reeling as They Begin Two-Game Homestand -

When the Grizzlies play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, March 29, at FedExForum it will be the first of their last eight games in the regular season. When they tip off just after 7 p.m., they will do so carrying a four-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 13 games.

39. 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.

40. Grizzlies Seek Assist With Hoops for St. Jude -

The Memphis Grizzlies, led by St. Jude ambassadors Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, will campaign for Hoops for St. Jude throughout March in order to raise awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Grizz Assists for St. Jude campaign.

41. Grizzlies Can Never Have Too Much Forceful Big Spain -

The Grizzlies left behind a five-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee at home and then Chicago and Atlanta on the road in back-to-back nights. San Antonio was to play the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday, March 18.

42. Grizzlies Seek Assist(ance) In Hoops for St. Jude Campaign -

The Memphis Grizzlies, led by St. Jude ambassadors Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, will campaign for Hoops for St. Jude throughout March in order to raise awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Grizz Assists for St. Jude campaign.

43. 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.

44. Grizzlies’ Struggles Continue in Loss to Lowly Nets -

By the end, FedExForum looked like the early days at The Pyramid. The Grizzlies were losing by double-digits as the clock was winding down and fans were filing out into the night.

The Grindhouse, once a fortress of defense and Memphis pride, had a sadness about it, a tiredness and a quietness about it, except for the occasional and echoing “boo-o-o-o” that was well-deserved, if also pointless.

45. The Week Ahead: March 7-13 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! Get your taste buds ready: Both Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the inaugural Vintage901 festival are taking place in the coming days. We’ve got details on those, plus plenty of other fun activities and entertainment to check out in The Week Ahead… 

46. 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.

47. Binghampton Gateway Comes to Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

48. Binghampton Gateway Center Spells End for Inner City Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

49. Grizz Hit All-Star Break With Loss, But Their Goals Are Within Reach -

After he had answered the obligatory questions about the Grizzlies’ ugly 95-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game before the All-Star break, coach David Fizdale spoke to the big picture: “We’re in good position.”

50. Warriors Get Revenge against Grizzlies 122-107 -

Maybe it was as simple as the law of probabilities.

“They weren’t losing three times in a row,” Tony Allen said after the Golden State Warriors came into FecExForum and beat the Grizzlies 122-107 Friday night, Feb. 10.

51. 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.

52. The Press Box: Credit Coach Fizdale with an Assist on Greater Gasol -

For the third time in his career, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is an NBA All-Star. For the first time in his career, he is truly acting the part. For the first time in his career, he has a head coach who is insisting on it.

53. Imperfect Grizzlies? Yes, And They Have Much Company -

T he Grizzlies have two wins over both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. That’s, you know, not supposed to happen. And this week, LeBron James sounded off on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ desperate need for a backup point guard. So the world champions have issues.

54. NBA Writer Sees Gasol, Conley as All-Stars -

At espn.com, senior writer Zach Lowe has made his All-Star reserve picks and he has deemed both point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol worthy of representing the Grizzlies on the Western Conference team.

55. Sports Bind City -

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

56. Grizzlies Hesitate to Use 3-Point Shooting Bargain -

On Jan. 16, Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels quoted Martin Luther King Jr., posting this on Twitter: “Your self-sacrificing devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering faith will carry you through times of difficulty.”#MLKDay.

57. Pro Athletes Have Platform to Discuss Race -

After touring the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday, Jan. 14, before a forum on race and sports, journalist and commentator Marc Spears had an immediate thought as the panel discussed whether racism is becoming institutionalized in America.

58. Grizzlies' Defense Betrays Them in Loss to Bulls -

In the first quarter, the Grizzlies allowed 14 points. In the second quarter, they allowed 38. And down the stretch, when their defense had to make stops, the Grizzlies weren’t up to the task.

59. Grizzlies Back up Dramatic Win over Warriors by Beating Utah -

Two nights earlier the Grizzlies had pulled off a historic comeback at Golden State. When they erased the Warriors’ 19-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter and rallied to win it, 128-119 in overtime, they broke a 662-game streak (regular season) of NBA of teams losing when trailing by 19 or more points after three quarters.

60. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

61. Last Word: Liberty Bowl Memories, Talk About Violence and The Year In Ed & Med -

Grizz fall to the Celtics in Boston Tuesday 113-103. With Mike Conley and five other starters out. Away from triple digits, it is SMU over the Tigers at the Forum Tuesday 58-54.

62. Growing Pains -

First came the ho-hum start that left open the possibility the Grizzlies’ harshest critics might be right: This season could be the fast-forwarded beginning of an end, a sad narrative that could leave the Grizzlies on the outside of the postseason after a thrilling six-year run.

63. New Video Pays Homage to Local Side of Memphis -

“Do you see it?” That’s what a new video created by local filmmaker Edward Valibus asks about the new Memphis that we’re living in.

64. Grizzlies Get Some Love: Recognized Nationally For Being Top ‘Clutch’ Team -

Memphis Grizzlies fans, not without justification, often feel their team is overlooked. So you’ll be happy to know that on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 20, at espn.com, a story posted with the following headline:

65. Grizzlies Drop 2nd Straight With Loss to Utah -

The Memphis Grizzlies lost a second consecutive home game on Sunday, Dec. 18, to the Utah Jazz 82-73 as they shot just 30 percent from the floor.

The game came two night after losing to Sacramento and former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger. After the defeat to the Kings, Memphis coach David Fizdale questioned the team’s effort, saying the Kings got to almost all the 50-50 balls and just played harder.

66. Grizz GM Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

67. Last Word: Epping Way, Conley's Return and 'Ascend' -

What is the encore after a year that has included the opening of Big River Crossing, the eastward expansion of the Shelby Farms Greenline across Germantown Parkway to the old town part of Cordova and the opening of Shelby Farms Park’s Heart of the Park renovation? Two words: Epping Way.

68. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, Others Get Contract Extensions -

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has announced that general manager Chris Wallace, executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions.

69. Grizzlies Great at Winning Close Ones, But Upcoming Schedule Unkind -

The Grizzlies had just survived to beat the Orlando Magic 95-94 at FedExForum. This was on the first day of December and it kicked off what would become, at minimum, a four-game winning streak.

“We did a good job of staying in the moment,” center and team captain Marc Gasol said.

70. Last Word: Football Comes Back, Snuff on Front Street and Pot Is Short of Seven -

I have a question that some of you may not care for? Is football making a comeback in this basketball town for a more prominent place in the conflicted and diverse hothouse that is Memphis culture?

71. Grizzlies Sign Guard Toney Douglas Under NBA's Hardship Rule -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas under the NBA's hardship rule. The Grizzlies announced the move Monday, a week after Mike Conley broke several bones on the vertebrae of his lower back. Conley will not have surgery but is expected to miss at least six weeks.

72. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

73. The Press Box: Grizzlies Without Conley a Cut Below -

The numbers tell a dispiriting story. When the Grizzlies play basketball without the services of starting point guard Mike Conley, they lose more often than they win.

74. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves -

Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.

75. Conley Injures Back in Grizzlies’ Lopsided Loss to Charlotte -

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley could miss six weeks after sustaining a back injury in Monday’s 105-84 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at FedExForum. 

Near press time, Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reported that Conley had suffered a transverse process fracture of the vertebrae and  would be out indefinitely.

76. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Fusion On Wheels and The Grizz Main Two -

If surface parking lots had a capitol in Memphis, it would probably be the Pinch. That’s why the general ideas and plans the city is currently exploring for the nine-blocks of the Pinch between the Pyramid and St. Jude can be a bit disorienting.

77. Tied at the Hip: Conley-Harrison Giving Grizzlies Strong Point Guard Play -

Tom Thibodeau does not hand out compliments casually. He was demanding and exacting as coach of the Chicago Bulls and he is the same way with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And when he praises an opposing player, he isn’t offering a sound bite. He is simply speaking the truth.

78. Grizzlies Beat Charlotte For Fifth Straight Win -

Point guard Mike Conley scored a season-high 31 points and center Marc Gasol nearly had a triple-double as the Grizzlies cruised to a 105-90 win at Charlotte Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

79. Grizzlies Win Fourth Straight, 93-71 over Minnesota -

It was like old times. Tony Allen was saying “we hold our hats on the defensive end,” the Grizzlies’ horrendous 3-point shooting didn’t matter, and even a paltry 19 combined points from Mike Conley and Marc Gasol didn’t doom them.

80. The Week Ahead: November 21-27 -

Good morning, Memphis! As you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving plans, take a moment to check out what’s happening in The Week Ahead. From honoring Memphians who have fought injustice to supporting local small businesses, there are plenty of ways to celebrate what you’re thankful for in the Bluff City.

81. Spanish McGregor Walk A Gasol-Conley Production -

Put aside the big contracts the Grizzlies gave center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley. Because truth is, although the Grizzlies could pay them more as returning agents, Conley and Gasol also could have earned rich deals in bigger cities where the rosters were closer to being title-ready.

82. Grizzlies Get Back to .500 With Victory at Utah -

Center Marc Gasol scored a season-high 22 points and Vince Carter scored 20 points off the bench as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Utah Jazz 102-96 on Monday, Nov. 14, in the second game of a four-game road trip.

83. Grizzlies, Fizdale Learning More Than One Way to Win -

Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay and teammate Gary Harris had trapped the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley as he received an inbounds pass with less than 11 seconds left in the game. Harris stripped the ball from Conley – perhaps fouling him, though there was no foul call – and passed the ball ahead.

84. Grizzlies Defeat Denver On Gasol’s Buzzer-Beater -

Memphis center Marc Gasol hit a short jumper in the lane as time expired in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-107 Tuesday, Nov. 8, at FedExForum.

Vince Carter led Memphis with 20 points and made the inbounds pass to Gasol for the game-winning shot. At 39 years and 287 days old, Carter became the oldest NBA player to post a 20-point game since Michael Jordan did it when he was 40 years and 53 days old for the Washington Wizards in April 2003.

85. Chandler Parsons Struggles in Debut as Grizzlies Lose to Portland -

Chandler Parsons knows what it is to have a hot shooting night. He’s had many in his NBA career and, as you may recall, back in January of 2014 made an NBA-record 10 threes in a half for the Houston Rockets.

86. More Rest for Gasol, Conley Means More Minutes for Young Grizzlies -

Five games into their season, the Memphis Grizzlies have provided a small sample size that is simultaneously encouraging, confounding and still mildly concerning. 

Through games of Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Grizzlies were 3-2. Nothing wrong with that record given the team has a new coach in David Fizdale, is employing a new style of offense, and has new starters and rookies in the rotation. Yet they also needed overtime – at home – to dispatch the Washington Wizards (0-3) and the New Orleans Pelicans (0-5).

87. Conley, Gasol Lead Grizzlies Over Wizards in Overtime -

Point guard Mike Conley scored 24 points with 11 assists and center Marc Gasol finished with 20 points and a career-high four threes as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 112-103 in overtime Sunday, Oct. 30, at FedExForum.

88. Fizdale Gets First Win as Grizzlies' Coach the Hard Way -

The night before his first game as an NBA head coach, David Fizdale received a surprise when he went to his front door.

“I thought I had a delivery,” the Grizzlies’ new coach said. “It turned out to be my mom. We had a great moment last night just talking about what (this first game) meant to us and our family.”

89. The Week Ahead: October 24-30 -

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

90. 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.

91. 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?

92. Grizzlies Thump Philadelphia As Randolph Hits Four Threes -

The Memphis Grizzlies won their final home preseason game on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at FedExForum, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 121-91 as forward Zach Randolph hit four of the team’s made 3-point attempts.

93. Z-Bo, Baldwin May Fit Well On Grizzlies’ Second Unit -

In a film session not long before the Grizzlies started preseason play, first-year coach David Fizdale wanted to drive home a point about veteran Zach Randolph’s offensive productivity – especially to the young point guards vying to be Mike Conley’s backup this season.

94. Z-Bo, Baldwin May be Nice Fit on Grizzlies’ Second Unit -

In a film session not long before the Grizzlies started preseason play, first-year coach David Fizdale wanted to drive home a point about veteran Zach Randolph’s offensive productivity – especially to the young point guards vying to be Mike Conley’s backup this season.

95. Grizzlies Beat Magic in Fizdale’s Preseason Debut -

DJ Stephens was dunking and Mike Conley was coaching. It was a Monday night, the first preseason game of the Grizzlies’ 2016-2017 season, but at times even a half-empty FedExForum was rocking and there was a positive vibe that had been a long time coming.

96. Grizzlies Beat Magic in Coach Fizdale's Preseason Debut -

DJ Stephens was dunking and Mike Conley was coaching. It was a Monday night, the first preseason game of the Grizzlies’ 2016-2017 season, but at times even a half-empty FedExForum was rocking and there was a positive vibe that had been a long time coming.

97. The Press Box: Flawed Feathers, Grizz Preseason, and Dak’s Fame -

Wading in with a few thoughts as the baseball postseason nears, the Grizzlies get ready to play games that don’t count, and Dak Prescott’s new-found fame …

The St. Louis Cardinals, in all probability, will not make the playoffs. Oh, sure, as I write this they are mathematically alive for a wild card spot. They win out, they get help – the San Francisco Giants’ combustible bullpen being the most likely source – they could sneak in, even win the wildcard game, and find themselves facing the rival Chicago Cubs in the Division Series.

98. Could Fizdale Be the Wind Beneath Grizzlies’ Wings? -

Preseasons are based on optimism, on fresh starts, on positive change and on the belief that anything is possible. So, yes, it was all ice cream and sunshine at Grizzlies Media Day; actually, a slimmer Zach Randolph was seen helping himself to a slice of the media’s pizza, but the point is unbridled hope is the oxygen that sustains teams – and fans – before the games start for real.

99. Parsons ‘Progressing’ in Knee Surgery Rehab, But May Not be Ready for Season’s Start -

Coming back from knee surgery isn’t new to Chandler Parson. The biggest free agent signing in Grizzlies history has been there, rehabbed that before.

“Coming off two knee surgeries, the training staff has developed a program to be more on the cautious side,” Parsons said at the team’s annual pre-training camp media day on Monday, Sept. 26. “At the same time, every day they’re working to get me strong, working on flexibility, range of motion, from my hips to my back to my feet to everything that ties in with the knee.”

100. Fizdale Vows to be Cautious With Gasol, Conley in Training Camp, Preseason -

No one, including Marc Gasol himself, will know that he has really recovered from his broken foot suffered last February until he’s playing games that count and then able to stack games on top of one another.