I just got word that Lionel Hollins, head coach of the Grizz, read and loved my blog comparing O.J. Mayo and Billy Bob Thornton. He obviously took it to heart because O.J. “the juice man” was huge for the Grizz, even playing late in the 4th quarter. He hit 4/6 three balls helping lead Memphis to the win over the struggling Spurs.
Zack Randolph has been showing the kind of heart lately, that frankly, I did not know he had. He’s the emotional leader of this team and he continually destroys San Antonio. He continued his dominance over the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds including 2 clutch shots in the last minute and a half that basically won them the game. Big game for Z-Bo “the bald headed nut.” Can we still call him that even though he has some hair right now?
Tony, Tony, Tony, not unlike the music group with the same name but different spelling, was getting down once again with 23 points, 4 boards, and 5 steals. This guy should be named to one of the All-NBA defensive teams. He is always in the passing lanes and has been a major catalyst for the Grizz’s success the second half of this season.
This Grizzlies completed their important 3 game stretch against title contending teams going 2-1. I was hoping they could sneak in a win on the road and they did that as well as taking the Bulls to the final minute of the game. This team is coming on and playing extremely well together.
For the Spurs it was their 3rd consecutive loss as they struggle to play without Tim Duncan, who went down with a severely sprained ankle last week. Manu Ginobili went down in the 3rd quarter after banging his knee and never returned. He had 2 points as his bald spot continues to get worse by the day.
It was cool to hear Sean Elliot announce the game as I completely forgot about him. He was a big piece to 1999 Spurs championship team. He had an interesting career at one point getting traded to Detroit for Dennis Rodman and then getting reacquired by the Spurs a year later for Bill Curley and a future first round pick. He had a horrible year in Detroit but returned to form with the Spurs finishing a solid career there. He is also the only NBA player to play in a game after receiving a Kidney transplant.
This is all good news for Grizz nation as if the season ended today, these two teams would play. They split the season series 2 apiece and the 2 games the Grizzlies lost were by a combined 13 points, showing they can definitely hang with this team. I have to reiterate the fact that Memphis matches up much better with the Spurs then they do the Lakers. They are likely to pass New Orleans for the 7th seed which is not a good thing when factoring in their chances of coming out of the first round. The injuries to the Spurs make it even more likely they can be taken out so let’s hope we somehow get matched up against them.
This game gave me almost as much joy as listening to the Mel Gibson phone calls that he made to his ex-girlfriend. If you haven’t heard those do your self a favor and do so. As far as the Grizz go, this is our time. I feel as if Grizz Nation is a band of brothers and sisters who will not settle for defeat. We will help carry this team to the playoffs and beyond. Let’s get it.
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Written by LT Murray
LT hails from the city of Lakewood, Wa. He now lives in San Diego and is a writer for several websites. He loves when people comment on his posts. He is the official Memphis Grizzlies writer/blogger.