GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

Award-winning columnist Lee Eric Smith tracks the Memphis Grizzlies!

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Well, conveying the pick will have to wait another year. Once it was announced that the Grizzlies didn't have the No. 9 pick during last night's NBA Draft Lottery, we knew they would keep this year's pick. The only question was how high would it be? Now, we know: The Grizzlies...
The last time I talked to Mike Conley, at the Grizzlies final media session on April 11, he was laughing off whether or not it was time for another farewell speech. Not surprisingly, Conley wants to play for an NBA championship and doesn’t have much of an appetite for a...
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Editor's note: This column was written before news broke of a Grizzlies shakeup that reassigns Chris Wallace to a scouting role. J.B. Bickerstaff has also reportedly been fired. The Grizzlies finished up their season Wednesday night with fireworks. Not actual fireworks, but they sure lit up the scoreboard en route...
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Sometimes, it's just how the ball bounces. The Grizzlies were up 112-110, with just seconds to play in regulation. And yet Dallas was able to secure one offensive rebound after another, until a final putback by Salah Mejri tied the game up and sent it into overtime. And while the...
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Admit it: If you didn’t give up on this season’s version of your Memphis Grizzlies before the February trade deadline, you probably gave up on them afterwards. I did. If you were making a recipe for team chaos and awful play, it seemed like the Grizzlies had all the ingredients:...
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Jaren Jackson Jr. is sidelined, likely for the rest of the season. Mike Conley was resting with thigh soreness. Avery Bradley also out with injury. Add in an Oklahoma City Thunder team that starts two All-Stars (Russell Westbrook and Paul George) that's also fighting for playoff position. It's a...
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With less than 20 games left in a now-lost season, let’s address the team’s new goal for the remaining games: “Convey the pick.” In short, Memphis owes a draft pick to Boston – one that only goes up in value if the Grizzlies can’t finish this season with a better...
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The weirdest thing about watching this new-look version of the Memphis Grizzlies is that they are playing faster and more fun basketball, perhaps even being more competitive than they were two months ago — and I don't know who they are. We got to see some familiar faces Friday night,...
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Wow. So, of course we were suspecting that Marc Gasol, Mike Conley or both would be traded by Thursday's trade deadline. But the Grizzlies went MUCH further, sending Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack away as well, and waiving Omri Casspi. It's literally a whole new team. I'm still digesting...
Somehow, some way, your Memphis Grizzlies built a 25-point lead over the Denver Nuggets last Monday night. And even as they carried a 17-point lead into the final frame, they found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Nuggets win, 95-92. The less said about that...