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GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

LeBron James skipped playing in Memphis during the 2016-17 season. That disappointed a lot of fans. Well, James came back to Memphis last night. And King James did not disappoint, posting a triple-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 112-89 Cavs win over the Grizzlies at...
The Memphis Grizzlies return from the All-Star Break tomorrow night (Feb. 23) with a matchup against the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers. But only one of these teams will be jockeying for playoff position — and it’s not the home team. No, with their 18-38 record, the Grizzlies are firmly  out of...
Ever since the big Tyreke Evans non-trade, I've been just kind of soaking up the hysteria. "How could the Grizzlies allow this to happen?" "How do you sit a guy for nearly two weeks because he's gonna be traded . . . and then DON'T trade him?" "The Grizzlies should fire General...
If last night was Tyreke Evans' last home game as a Memphis Grizzly, he certainly put on a show. Evans, who is expected to be traded by the NBA's Feb. 8 deadline, scored 27 points to lead Memphis to a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The home team blew...
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is out for the rest of the season. From a Grizzlies press release: Conley will undergo surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel that continues to cause pain and soreness.  He will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2017-18 season but...
Last week, I wrote about why the Grizzlies should NOT deliberately lose games so they can earn a higher draft pick. In short, I wrote that any decision to “tank” would come from the Front Office in the form of resting key players (Marc Gasol), giving more minutes to...
This was another heartbreaker -- for those who wish the Grizzlies would lose more games to improve their draft position. But for those who prefer winning to losing no matter what, it was the young Grizzlies who are earning their stripes with a rousing 105-101 come-from-behind-victory over the Philadelphia 76ers...
The jersey has changed, but the love remains. After the Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings Friday night at FedExForum, and after various showerings of love, Zach Randolph arrived at MIFA around noon Sunday to make his annual donation of $20,000 to assist low-income families with MLGW bills. And for those who...
Lost in all of the excitement over Zach Randolph's return to Memphis: With last night's 106-88 win over the Sacramento Kings, the Grizzlies now take a three-game winning streak (and a four-game home winning streak) into tonight's matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. But as former Grizz and current King...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUgnaN5F7rA Of course, I was expecting the standing ovation when Zach Randolph was introduced as the starting power forward for the Sacramento Kings. Everyone was. Same thing for the video montage -- and the crowd roared when the Jumbotron showed Z-Bo's takedown of Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Those moments of...
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