The playoffs are looking more and more like a certainty for the Grizz as they where victorious at home for the 5th consecutive time going harder in the paint then my boy Waka Flocka Flame. Memphis followed a lackadaisical first half effort and a bad beginning to the 3rd quarter with a 62-33 run the rest of the way through.
I didn’t like seeing Memphis come out sloppy to start the game but sometimes that occurs when given a day or so off. They were probably out at the club with Memphis’s Oscar winner’s 3-6 Mafia poppin bottles gettin fly like a G-6. It’s playoff time but heh they’re in the NBA. You gotta enjoy it right? How often do they test for weed nowadays? Fortunately Golden State seemed tired from an overtime game the previous evening against the Thunder making it easier for the Grizz players to snap out their hazes and pound the paint.
The playoffs are almost a certainty at this point with Houston losing giving the Grizz a 3 game lead. New Orleans downed Portland, moving past them for the 6th seed as Memphis trails both teams by 1 game. Memphis has played the Mavericks tough all season so I wouldn’t mind that matchup whatsoever except for the fact that I’ll be forced to watch Mark Cuban jump around and constantly whine for the entire series. I would love to have an owner who spends money like Cubes but there is just something about him that puts me off. Like I’d like to see him beat up, possibly by Tony Allen.
Back to how hard Memphis goes in the paint; they scored a ridiculous 76 in those premises where Golden State was held to 50. The Grizz do lead the NBA in points per game in the paint but 76? Let’s just say the Warriors aren’t known for their defense.
Z-BO had another big game or I guess an average game for him statistically getting 20 points and 13 boards but adding in an unusual 6 assists. He really has become a much better passer as he used to be a black hole on offense. Tony Allen had 21, Mike Conley 20, and Darrell Arthur stepped up with 17-7. He truly is one of most underrated players in the NBA. O.J. Mayo had uuuuuuuhhhhh 0 points? Wow, what happened I thought he was finally getting into the swing of things then he drops the goose egg? The Juice man needs to get his mind right. If not for himself, then for me!
As far as the “Warriors” are concerned its another year in the lottery, a place where they have made many mistakes over the years. They have great fans up there and I’ll never understand why they dismantled the team after that incredible first round playoff upset of Dallas. They traded Jason Richardson for a draft pick which they used on toothpick Brandon Wright who they have since traded for God knows what and have gotten rid of many other promising players for no reason that I can see. Stephen Curry is a nice piece and so is Monta Ellis, who is the closest thing to Allen Iverson as there is in the leauge. The problem is they are both undersized to guard 2 guards but maybe that’s not the main issue. I thought David Lee would fit in their perfectly, and he has played fairly well but an early season infection in his elbow caused him to miss quite a few games. You know the one where he got a dude’s tooth stuck in his elbow. Ouch. Other then that I’m not seeing a ton of upside for this club but they play an exciting, fast paced game. Unfortunately they don’t win that often.
The Grizz have tomorrow off and then face New Orleans in a huge matchup which could decide playoff seeding. It’s gettin , it’s gettin, it’s gettin kinda hectic right now and I for one am enjoying each game. So much could happen in the next couple weeks as the Grizzlies could end up anywhere from the 6th seed to the 8 spot. I’m starting to have that good old fashioned feeling, not the one Lloyd gets in “Dumb and Dumber,” but one of an upset brewing. We are Grizz Nation and we go hard in the paint.
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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.