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, the Grizzlies first game after the All-Star Break. The Grizz welcomed back Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green who were traded to the L.A.Clippers for Avery Bradley. And despite falling behind by 22 points, the Grizzlies fought back and even took the lead before eventually succumbing in a 112-106 loss.
On a night when Chandler Parsons finally returned from exile, the $94 million man wasn’t even the biggest story of the night for Memphis. Jaren Jackson Jr. did not play, and the team released a statement later that Jackson had suffered a deep thigh bruise and is out indefinitely — which does not bode well for the “Convey the Pick” goal of winning as many games going forward.
Check out my Three Point Play below, filmed away from FedExForum court, where the team’s “Gospel Night” concert was underway. Also below . . . remarks from Parsons, Conley and former Grizz Garrett Temple. And as always, great photography of the game, HBCU night and the Beale Street Flippers from our ace photog Warren Roseborough.