Not really much to say about this game, except that it was troubling and satisfying at the same time. Troubling, in that some guy named Justin something-or-other dragged the Grizzlies to within striking distance in the third under a grisly grey cloud of lackluster defense and rebounding. Satisfying, in that they seemed to be able to rev the motor when needed to regain adequate separation.
Not much else to say about it, except….
THE GRIZZLIES MADE FRANCHISE HISTORY TONIGHT. YEAH, NOTHING MAJOR!!
For those of us Grizzly fans who went out on a cold, rainy winter night in 2007 or 2008 (or 2002) to watch the Grizzlies get killed by Jazz/Kings/Spurs/whoever, this is big, big stuff. Monumental, even. Almost weird, even.
The Grizzlies have now made the playoffs in five of the eleven seasons in Memphis. “Culture change” and “growing tradition” are no longer silly phrases.
But ain’t nothin’ happened yet. Fake and his boys will be here soon with one of the best point guards of his generation.
If anyone thought last season’s playoff intensity was high, that was nothing.
Every one of y’all better stock up on crazy, ‘cuz you’re gonna go through a lot of it over the next few weeks.
What’s important for the team?
-Rest. From now ’til Sunday there’s a lot of work to do, but there’s a lot of nice rest in one’s own bed as well. Mike Conley, go home and go to bed. Ordinarily, one might say “don’t let the stature of the approaching games get into your head”, but for the playoffs, that’s just what has to happen, and resting will give the players a chance to fully wrap the skulls around what is going down.
-Defend without fouling, and don’t let Fake’s gloating and one-dimensional game (yes, he does. Tell me about that time he played great defense) intimidate….still waiting for that story about that time that Griffin played great defense for a long stretch. The most disturbing thing about the Clippers matchup is that defending the p-n-r is not exactly the Griz’ strong suit, and that’s what Griffin and Paul do (with Griffin handling more than one might think).
-Return fully to inside-out. ZBo showed this game (albeit against third-stringers for the most part) that he’s very nearly all the way back. ZBo and Gay on one side, Conley, Gasol, and Mayo on the other. Who do you guard? ZBo and Arenas on one side, Speights on the other with Allen cutting and QPon waiting in the corner for the three. Who do you guard? Gasol and Mayo on one side, Hudson at the top of the key, with Cunningham hovering near the hoop and Rudy in the corner. The Grizzlies can get it done, especially against the Clippers-it’s all going to be about execution.