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Tony Allen, in claymation, is an actual grizzly bear (VIDEO)

"First team, all defense."That's the accolade that the Memphis Grizzlies' Grindfather, Tony Allen, turned into a catch phrase this spring. As a crucial part of his team's surge that put them into a surprising 2-1 lead over the juggernaut Golden State Warriors in the second round, Allen staked an even bigger claim for himself as an elite defender. Perhaps even more so, he won over...
Via Fox Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe

Nick Calathes has denied a report from Spain that claimed he wants out of the NBA and has been offered to Barcelona. "The NBA is my first priority," Calathes said. Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. Calathes previously spent four years in Europe.
Via RealGM
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Memphis Grizzlies: The Perfect Offseason

  (April 19, 2015 – Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… Despite throwing a couple of haymakers at the Warriors in round 2, the Memphis Grizzlies failed to get as far as they want to this season. Their core group and their brand of grit and grind basketball is always really good, but is never quite good enough. Going...
Via HoopStuff
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Memphis' 'grit and grind' era dead?

The Memphis Grizzlies are a very good basketball team, but for years they've refused to adopt some of the league's contemporary trends, such as high three-point usage and a faster pace. They were ultimately eliminated in six games by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, which brings up the question of whether a "grit and grind" mentality is capable of...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Green expected to opt in, stay with Grizzlies

Jeff Green is the NBA's biggest tease. He has limitless athleticism, a decent three-point shot and the physical makeup to be one of the most versatile players in the league. Unfortunately, he just hasn't been able to string together an entire season of productive basketball, and with a $9.2 million player option hanging overhead this summer, ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting there...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jeff Green Expected To Opt In, Return To Grizzlies Next Season

Year 1 of the Jeff Green era in Memphis was a flop. It sounds like the forward will be hoping for better luck in Year 2. Green is expected to exercise his $9.2 million player option this summer and return to the Grizzlies next season,’s Marc Stein reported Monday. That Green would not wish to test the free-agent market at the moment is no surprise. He did little to...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Celtics made trade proposals for Kosta Koufos

ESPN’s Marc Stein references the Celtics interest in Grizzlies center Kosta Kouos within this article on Memphis’ future: The Grizzlies’ nightmare scenario, of course, is the prospect of Koufos attracting a lucrative offer early in free agency while Gasol is still deliberating. Keeping Koufos to play behind a re-signed Gasol would presumably be too pricey for the Grizz ...
Via Red's Army
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Assistant Coach Damon Stoudamire Explains Move From Alma Mater Arizona To Memphis: “It’s About My Boys”

After a 13 year NBA career, former Arizona guard Damon Stoudamire broke into coaching. After stops at Rice and the Memphis Grizzlies, Stoudamire served two seasons under Josh Pastner at Memphis before moving on to his alma mater for the last two seasons. This morning, news broke that Stoudamire is heading back to take an assistant job at Memphis once again. Arizona fans were understandably...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Grizzlies concerned Marc Gasol will go to Spurs

Marc Gasol will be a free agent this summer, and the Memphis Grizzlies are worried he might leave for the San Antonio Spurs.
Via Gamedayr
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Moves that the Memphis Grizzlies must make

The road through the Western Conference playoffs, for the foreseeable future, will go through Oakland and the Golden State Warriors. Therefore, the Memphis Grizzlies need to design their roster in a way that is specifically set up to go through the Warriors. This year’s Grizzlies team, while defensively stout, simply did not have the offensive weapons to stick with Golden State...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Retaining Gasol a must for Memphis as title window begins to close

The Memphis Grizzlies have come a long way. The first fifteen seasons of their existence would have been best described as an utter joke. Horrendous ownership forced a move to Tennessee after only six tumultuous, Bryant Reeves-filled years in Vancouver — a stint that yielded just 124 total wins for the organization. Once in Memphis, it was still a few more years before the team...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Allen Is ‘Definitely’ Playing Tonight for the Memphis Grizzlies

After watching his team get blown out on the road in Game 5, Memphis Grizzlies guard is determined to play against the Golden State Warriors at home in Game 6. UPDATE: Tony Allen says he's "definitely" playing tonight against Warriors. — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 15, 2015 Allen missed Game 5 with a sore hamstring. After coming out hot offensively to start the game two...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Taming the Beast: The Warriors’ Team Defense Handcuffs the Grizzlies

​ In the opening minutes of Wednesday’s Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, it looked like the Grizzlies were on their way to out-muscling another victory on the Warriors’ home court. Zach Randolph was entirely menacing on the offensive boards, getting multiple baskets off tip-ins, and Z-Bo even stepped out and drained a three-pointer. After...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Allen might be the difference for Memphis

Well, it seems that plans are underway again for the coronation of the Golden State Warriors, an event that seemed inevitable two weeks ago, then looked impossible a week ago. Two consecutive wins and the return of the 3-pointer have calmed the faithful, to the point where again, it seems inconceivable that they could lose this series. However, what if Tony Allen is healthy for...
Via Crossover Chronicles
12 days ago  |  Discuss

It Might Be Time for Memphis To Pull Minutes from Vince Carter

Vince Carter used to be one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire NBA. That point aside, the larger truth about the former dunk contest champion is that he’s been a really solid-to-good player for most of his 16 years in the league. However, like every high-flyer and star before him, it seems that Father Time has not only caught up to Carter, but taken him down with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Memphis Grizzlies clashing styles with Golden State

Old sports adages tell us that defense wins championships. Then, Klay Thompson hits a deep, contested three and commentators remark, “That’s good defense. But, that’s better offense.” Games 2 and 3 of the Western Conference semifinal tell us that the Grizzlies’ defense would reign supreme in the series. Meanwhile, Game 1 and Game 4 featured “better offense” from the...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rosalyn Ross Vs. TVP: Can The Grizzlies Find More Grit And Grind To Beat The Warriors?

On this edition of TVP, Rosalyn Ross joins the fellas to talk Grizzlies-Warriors, crazy gals from Memphis and the boys discuss pick-up basketball shenanigans. The post Rosalyn Ross Vs. TVP: Can The Grizzlies Find More Grit And Grind To Beat The Warriors? appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Warriors Even Series, Grizzlies Feel the Pressure

After an abysmal performance in game 3, the Golden State Warriors rebounded and won game 4 in Memphis to even up the series at 2-2. The Grizzlies on the other hand cannot be happy they let one slip at home that could have been the most important game of the series. Unlike earlier games, the Splash Brothers and other three-shooting assassins on the Warriors put on a show early. Curry...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Curry shows MVP colors in Warriors' Game 4 win

With their backs against the wall and facing the real possibility of losing three consecutive games for the first time all season, the Golden State Warriors pushed through a ton of obstacles to even up their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Steve Kerr’s squad turned the ball over 21 times. They were out-rebounded and put up less assists than the home...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Allen watches hours of film to prepare for each game

Part of being a successful athlete at the height of your profession is preparing for games. I am not talking about taking to practice to hone your craft, though that does wonders as well. I am talking about film study. Understanding who you are going up against. Checking in on your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. This is exactly what drives Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Grizzlies, Warriors fighting for the future of the NBA

The best basketball going on right now is between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies. A seeming culmination of a year of excellent play...
Via Athlon Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Memphis Grizzlies Dull Golden State’s Shine in Another Dominant Win

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) shoots between Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) and guard Stephen Curry (30) in the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series in Memphis, Tenn. (Mandatory Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP) After a sub-par game two in Oakland—especially from newly crowned NBA MVP Stephen Curry—the disappointments...
Via The Sports Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Five things about playoff basketball in Memphis

Playoff basketball in Memphis, Tennessee is a unique experience. Here's your definitive list of need to know information about post-season hoops at the home of the Memphis Grizzlies. The post 5 Things You Should Know About Playoff Basketball in Memphis appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

'The Mike Conley Broken Face Game' (and why he's the man)

Mike Conley had no business playing in game 2 of the Western Playoffs vs. the Warriors. Especially with a broken face. Then he reminded us why he's the man. The post The Mike Conley Broken Face Playoff Game (And Why He’s Always Been The Man) appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Draymond Green intentionally deliver a cheap shot to Mike Conley's face?

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley received an elbow from C.J. McCollum and suffered a facial fracture in Game 3 of the team’s first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture and had been sidelined for three games to recover from the injury, but returned to action on Tuesday night. It didn’t take long before his surgically...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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