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GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

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With their seven-season playoff streak over, the Memphis Grizzlies held their annual end-of-season media availability Thursday. And much like their season, I'm not sure exactly what to take away from it. The Grizzlies finished with a 22-60 record. Not surprisingly nor inaccurately, much of the lost season had to do...
For reasons having much to do with MLK50 activities and publications, I've been out of pocket. But there really hasn't been much to say, other than the Grizz look scrappy but hapless out there most of the time. Grit-N-Grind seems like aeons ago. But I made a point to check...
  By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press Brandon Jennings feels a sense of urgency in trying to prove he belongs back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Jennings, who joined the team on Sunday, took a huge step in that direction Monday night, finishing with 16 points,...
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...
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