Two thumbs up to the guy that sits high in the end rafters and plays the music during the game for his ability to slip in the music from the Mike Tyson Super Punch out 90's video game!
A few thoughts:
If these teams meet in the playoffs, I'd like see to Calathes on Livingston. Livingston took advantage of Conley and Udrih with his advantage in height.
Best possible outcome going into the Spurs game. The Griz won and no starter played more than 35 minutes (and only played 30 minutes).
Not only might the Spurs prevent a Warriors-Grizzlies playoff matchup, but so might OKC, who is playing as well as anyone right now.
It's interesting that with OKC at full strength again, it looks like the playoff seeds in the West are more or less set. The Spurs are in 7th place with a 17 and 8 record, while OKC is a 1/2 game back of NO at 12 and 13 and on a 7 game win streak. While I think that the Spurs still are in contention for a top seed, the Thunder have too many teams to pass to get into the top 4. Thus, instead of battling to make the playoffs, it looks like the rest of the season in the West will be a battle for playoff positions, with top teams seeking to avoid the Thunder and possibly the Spurs in the first round.
@GroveReb84: something along those lines is definitely brewing for a piece soon.
Enjoyed the game and your recap here.
I know you're a big Tayshaun fan. Are you planning to do an article soon on how Tayshaun has taken Quincy's role...along with adding the stretch 4 option?
If Tayshaun is going to keep hitting corner 3s, then Quincy is going to spend a lot of time on the bench.
At least the wolves stay at the gate, for now.
Pastner is getting all he deserves from fans and the media this season, but comparing him to Larry Porter?? Cold blooded.
Actually, I think the Ned Flanders comparison is more accurate.
When you are being compared to Larry Porter, that's scary.
I agree with Robert. Sadly, we (the basketball program) squandered some golden years when Coach J had excellent talent but came up short when it came to in game-coaching. Now the proverbial sh*t has hit the fan, as potential gold-star recruits know all about the bad-game-coach situation here before they commit to U of M. It's not exactly a secret, after all.
Yes, U of M basketball has a great tradition, but it also has had the equivalent of Larry Porter minding the store the past five-six years. Josh is a wonderful human being, but he still hasn't a clue how to run a basketball team in a game situation. We saw what having an indecisive, insecure and incompetent in-game coach did to U of M football (Is there any team in football D1 with as bad a record as U of M 2010-11 with as many players (Dantari Poe, Marcus Ball, etc.) in the NFL?); we are about to see the basketball program crash and burn, Porter-style, big-time.
The good news for Fuente is the fact that Tiger football has no real head-to-head competition here in town. Lots nearby, of course, but none actually here, which leads to hope. The bad news for Pastner is that Tiger basketball has an NBA team sucking oxygen out of the room. The better the Griz get, the more impossible the rebuilding task becomes for the next U of M basketball coach.
I must say (modestly) i saw this coming with the rudderless ship that Josh's team(s) over the years became, but i must admit, I never imagined the football Tigers would ever have had such a resurrection. Justin Fuente is a remarkable football coach, and yes, we only have him for another year or two, but hey, Kentucky and (especially) Texas A&M enjoyed the Bear and then went on (the latter) to bigger and better things. I do think Justin is going to ride Paxton all the way to the 2016 Heisman, and then leave, but we are in for an exciting ride til then!
U of M basketball, on the other hand? Gulp. There's just no there there at the moment. When your biggest claim to fame is the fact that a top-notch player who transferred out of your program (Tarick Black) and went off to Kansas now STARTS for the Houston Rockets, you are the living embodiement of a chump.
The sad part is that the inevitable disengagement from Josh is going to take a few years, and by then -- if the Griz continue on their current path -- the U of M basketball program will be in tatters, whatever they do. Too small a town for two Championship basketball teams.
It was sad and I'm very discouraged.
It's to gonna get any better until there's a coaching change or Josh actually hires a decent assistant coach and let's him coach . Josh is a good guy but we don't need Ned Flanders as a coach. 6 years is long enough to see Josh can't coach. His recruiting is going down too. JUCO 's and troublemakers from other schools aren't the recruits we need. Josh is way overpaid. No one will want to offer him more than he makes. I doubt he will get an offer close to what he makes now. It's time for a change. Attendance is going down inspire of the inflated numbers they are announcing.
Have we seen the last of substantial Nick Calathes? It's a bummer after he blossomed last year. All the more reason for him head to Europe, I guess
@Iggy: I'm with you on Waiters. I don't think he's a good fit on this roster.
Who knew that coming into this season that Beno, Leurer, and Prince would be the Grizzlies' best bench players?
Koufos has been useful, especially after a slow start. I think that it would be too much of a risk to trade him and go back to the bad old days of having no true center to fill in for Gasol, or at least of NBA quality (sorry Haddadi). And moving Koufos straight up for Dion Waiters would be a mistake. Waiters has talent but he doesn't play a position of need, and even worse, he's 2-3 years and probably a couple teams away of finally "getting it", if at all. The Cavs have been trying to move him for two years now. I see him bouncing around the league in the same fashion as other talented but troubled 2 guards such as JR Smith, OJ Mayo, and Marcus Thorton.
If the Griz do trade Koufos for Waiters, it needs to be part of a 3 way trade involving a SF, which still remains their biggest position of need. They'll also need to pick up a big off the scrap heap. Otherwise, I say keep Koufos or move him for a first round pick.
Before the road trip started, I said that 5-2 would be really good for that tough stretch, including the 3 home games. They got 5-2. The rest of the month is still pretty tough, but they should be able to pick up a couple wins this weekend setting up the next really tough 8 game stretch, a stretch where I think 4-4 would be really good.
So put me down for 6 of the next 10, and we can head to the new year at 23-8. That would be spectacular.
Dude rocked a geri curl, and the pyramid when Dana Kirk was the man. We're getting old
I hate to say it, but the Warriors are the best team in basketball. I've watched some of their recent games, and it's clear. They have as much talent as any team, elite scoring, elite shooting, elite defense, and elite rebounding. Injuries to key players are the only things that could slow them down.
One thing that nobody is talking about is how bad Lee was. He had the ball on multiple occasions with room to shoot a 3 and was tentative, ended up not taking the shot and passing on the chance. He needs to understand that hitting 3's is absolutely instrumental in opening up the inside for our big guys against the Spurs. If he is not taking 3's, we won't be hitting them, and we will have taken 10 steps backwards against the Spurs.
Hope they do better next time.
I thought Allen looked pretty awful last night. His gambling style of defense is not well suited for a disciplined team like the Spurs. Zbo looked soft like he lost confidence in himself. That missed layup that could have cut the game to 3 was maybe the most frustrating moment in the entire game. And of course the Spurs grabbed the rebound and scored a 3 pt basket on the other end -- a 5 pt swing. Also, the Spurs shooting guards -- Ginobli, Green, and Bellinelli -- were 10 for 15 from 3. Guarding the opposing team's 2 guard is supposed to be one of our strengths with Allen, Pondexter, Lee, and Carter. Not last night. And Joeger definitely needs a better plan against the Spurs. This crap is getting old.
Hopefully, the Grizzlies will take out their frustrations on the Heat.
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