I'm disappointed in our team's inability to hold onto a lead and execute down the stretch. No lead feels safe. I know this is a league of runs and blah, blah, blah but a team known for it's stringent defense should be able to fend off a surging team most of the time. Our perimeter defense has been more porous than swiss cheese at times which has allowed CP3 to surgically pick us apart. People have gotten on Rudy for his poor defense in this series but really it's the whole team. We'll play great D for brief stretches of time but not the entire game. That's a bad habit they fell into at the end of the season that has carried over into the playoffs. Last night I went to bed at 2:30 (I live in Philly now) disgusted for staying up to watch us lose yet another game late.
I think the Grizz can win Game 5 with the help of the home crowd but I think it's going to be very difficult to stretch this series to a game 7. Yes all the games have been close but the Clippers look like the better team now and it looks very likely that they will advance. It saddens me to say that but the writing is on the wall in big bold letters with permanent marker. Pitiful end to an awesome year.
Let's go Grizz. Time to salvage some pride.
We've been out of town for Mother's day. I recorded the game and just finished watching it. I spent all evening yesterday and all day today avoiding anything that would reveal the score to me. I was just as uneasy sitting at home watching as the fans in the stadium appeared to be for a good chunk of the game. This was a great game. A great win. I wore my Tony Allen shirt today. Heart, Grit and Grind is definitely what the Grizz displayed in Game 3. Let's see more of that tomorrow night! Go Grizz.!!
P.S. Chris that's Ibaka talking (listening) to Durant in the picture towards the end of the post not Perkins.
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This was a great start from the Grizz but there's still a long way away. Western Conference Finals talk should probably be put on the shelf for the time being. OKC is VERY good and they will definitely be stepping their game up now that they know Memphis is more than just happy to be here.
It's nice to see them doing so well after so many long years of struggling. After witnessing all six of their home playoff losses back in the day it felt great to be there for the first home playoff win. While there seems to be a lot of bandwagon fans out there these days as a long time fan I say the more the merrier. Bandwagon fans mean the team is doing well. If they weren't doing well there wouldn't be a bandwagon for them to jump on. I'll take that all day everyday. I haven't lived in Memphis for 3 years. I'll admit I've followed the Grizz more in my 3 years away than the 7 years I lived there after they arrived. They represent a piece of the place I called home for a long time. A place I didn't realize I had such a strong attachment to until I left.
This is great. It makes it feel like all the time and energy invested in the team over the years was worth it. All the gut wrenching losses at the buzzer. The blown 4th quarter leads. All the having to watch highlights on Sportscenter and getting mad when they always seemed to use a player's game against Memphis to showcase a fantastic feat were worth it. Like Shane said "They're playing with house money." Let's all enjoy the ride.
P.S. Chris I've always enjoyed and appreciated your thoughtful, well informed and insightful analysis and commentary both here, in the Flyer and on the Vernon show. I appreciate your ability and desire to provide balanced, unbiased analysis. Keep up the good work.
"So..... you're sayin' there's a chance." :-)
I like the Grizzlies in this position. I think they relish the role of underdogs. They've taken on the character of the city they play for this season. This is our coming out party. I think they'll keep surprising people and turning heads. They're going to disrupt what OKC likes to do offensively more than people think. My main concern is whether we can generate enough offense. Our outside shooting is going to be key. No one seems to agree but I think they can win this series. Believe Memphis!
I'm so pumped about this Grizzlies win. I had to leave the bedroom and go in the living room last night. My cheering and screaming was getting on my wife's nerves. I've converted my friend and his daughter to being Grizz fans (after watching Game 3 in person) so between them, my wife and I there are at least 4 Grizzlies fans in Central Missouri pulling for the guys to keep shocking the world! Go Grizz!!!!
I heard Chris on Z-Bo's post game interview! Hey Chris!
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