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VOL. 133 | NO. 52 | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Milwaukee Bucks Send Grizzlies to 18th Consecutive Loss

By Don Wade

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The longest losing streak in the history of the Memphis edition of the Grizzlies stretched to 18 games with a 121-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on Monday, March 12.

This latest loss also marked the Grizzlies’ seventh straight defeat at home. Memphis now stands at 18-49, the worst mark in the NBA. Milwaukee got 24 points from Khris Middleton and 20 from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol’s 17 points. Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore each finished with 16 points.

“I thought that we started the game with a mindset of getting stops, playing together, with a purpose, and for some reason we lost that so fast,” Gasol said. “I don’t know if it’s insecure or selfish, it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what it is, but we allow other teams to take momentum of games.”

Brooks, who is a rookie, said the playing time he and other young players are getting is a great opportunity. But not one they’re consistently using to their advantage.

“We can’t be making the same mistake over and over again because it’s just going to kill us,” Brooks said.

Interim Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said despite the long losing streak he continues to expect continued effort.

“As professionals, our job is to show up every day and give our best effort,” he said. “I don’t think they need to be reminded of that. Through and through, they haven’t laid down yet, and I don’t expect them to. They owe it to each other, to the fans, to everybody to continue to compete. Show up and compete every single night.”

Is Vegas Right about Tiger Woods?

The folks in Las Vegas don’t stay in business by being stupid. Something to remember as the Westgate SuperBook has installed Tigers Woods as the favorite to win this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

Odds-makers were inspired by Woods’ tie for second-place in last week’s Valspar Championship. The sports book opened Monday with Woods as the 13-2 favorite at a tournament he has won eight times previously.

The last time Tiger was a favorite at a PGA Tour Event? In 2014, when Woods and Rory McIlroy were co-favorites. In addition, espn.com reported Woods is an early 10-1 favorite with Westgate to win next month’s Masters. Last August, Woods was listed as a 100-1 shot to win the Masters.

After finishing a stroke behind winner Paul Casey at last weekend’s event, Woods said: “I was close. I had a chance today. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite feel as sharp as I needed to be with my irons, played a little conservative because of it.”

Based on the early odds, somebody’s betting Woods, at age 42, can make the necessary adjustments.

“My game was quite solid this entire week,” Woods said. “As a whole, I felt very good about what I did.”

Redbirds’ Clapp Wins George Kissell Award from Cardinals

Add another award to Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapps’ trophy cases. The 2017 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year has been named the George Kissell Award for excellence in player development across the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

In his first year as a Triple-A manager, Clapp led Memphis to a regular season record of 91-50. The .645 winning percentage was the highest of any Cardinals Triple-A club in 50 years.

The Redbirds won the postseason PCL title before falling to the Durham Bulls in the one-game Triple-A Championship Game.

Kissell, a long-time and beloved instructor, is credited with the teachings that became known as the “Cardinal Way.” Kissell served in the Cardinals’ organization in one capacity or another for more than 65 years. He died in 2008. Bryan Eversgerd, who was the Redbirds’ pitching coach last season but will be the Cardinals’ bullpen coach this season, is among the previous winners since the award was first given out in 1995.

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