GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

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For those of you keeping track of such things, the Memphis Grizzlies are now a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the NBA Playoffs – and guess who the Grizzlies play next? After wins like last night's 119-112 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves –...
If we’re being honest, recent news of Zach Randolph’s retirement is a surprise to pretty much no one. In fact, given how it was announced, you might be tempted to believe Randolph was surprised he actually had to say it. TMZ.com is known for posting up with cameras outside various...
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Every successful NBA team needs an “energy guy.” More often than not, the energy guy can overcome offensive limitations through hard work – specifically, the dirty work of defense and rebounding, but it’s more than that. The best of them are able to energize their teammates and an entire arena....
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Fans could be forgiven for being disappointed in the Grizzlies resting both Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. After all, Morant had just done this to poor Aron Baynes in Phoenix, and understandably, they'd want some of that in the home gym. Still,...
Any day now, the NBA will announce the opening of All-Star voting. A multiyear agreement with Google likely means that fans can vote on their favorite players on Christmas Day, when five games will be played. Here in Memphis, All-Star voting has largely been an exercise in futility. Last season,...
“Load management” is what it’s called now in the NBA. Before that it was called “minutes restriction” or “inactive reserve.” And before the concept got jargonized by the NBA, you and I would simply call it “rest.” But whatever it’s called, the NBA wants to make sure players get enough...
It’s easy to drink the Kool-Aid about “young teams” in the NBA – that a team’s inexperience spells inevitable losing and that it could take years for a team to mature into something. The Philadelpha 76ers drank so much of that Kool-Aid, they came up with their own flavor...
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Grizzlies fans got everything they wanted Friday night. Longtime followers of the franchise wanted to see and play tribute to Grizzlies great Mike Conley Jr., who was traded to the Utah Jazz over the summer as the Grizzlies finally jettisoned the last remaining link to the "Grit N' Grind"...
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The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, 138-122. And the reason it went down like that is pretty simple: Dallas outplayed the Grizzlies in every facet of the game. They shot (and made) more three-pointers. They shot (and made) more free throws. They outrebounded Memphis....
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As an organization, The Memphis Grizzlies have successfully inoculated most of their fans from expecting wins. Want them? Of course. Will we take them? Absolutely. But expect them – especially when they're up against a Western Conference Finals contender in the Houston Rockets? Not so much. So the final outcome...