Thursday, August 18, 2022

GritGrindGrizz - Lee Eric Smith

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

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,...
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...
“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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
The Memphis Grizzlies got their first win of the regular season on Sunday evening, beating the Brooklyn Nets 134-133 in overtime. And while it was Ja Morant's night, ultimately it was Jae Crowder's game. Morant delivered a sizzling 17-point quarter...
So here we are: The official start of the NBA season. It hasn’t even been a year, and yet what a difference. Despite hanging close for three quarters in their season opener in Miami, the Heat outscored the Grizzlies 17-37...
It’s not like Monday’s 120-99 preseason loss to the Charlotte Hornets was the first time these new-look Grizzlies have started sluggishly on the offensive end. Against both Maccabi Haifa and the New Zealand Breakers, Memphis played sloppily in the...