Jeff Green has played very well the last few games. Marc and Z-Bo not so much. I'm really starting to wonder if Zach's knee is bothering him. I remember seeing him jump for a rebound a week or two ago and come down weird. He clutched at his knee briefly then kept playing. Nothing came out about it that I remember. A couple of games ago I saw him grasping at his shoulder. I think he may be more dinged up than anybody is letting on.
I hope Tony is able to be Tony after this leg injury. Those aren't usually the type of things that heal quickly unless it's something very minor.
Don't know what to think about the Grizz right now. We know what they're capable of but they're so inconsistent you don't know what you're gonna get from night to night. The West is so tight right now we could look up a week from now and be in the 5th or 6th spot the way things are going. I just don't know.
Wow dude. You're comparing Marc to Westbrook? That guy is so intense it's like he's from another planet. Nobody can compare to him in the NBA when it comes to motor. He doesn't know any other way to play but 100%. Nobody goes as hard as him.
Shaq is a somewhat more appropriate comparison. If you want to claim that Shaq never coasted I don't know what to say. He coasted quite a bit in the regular season from what I remember. He was so dominant he didn't have to give max effort all the time. He showed up out of shape several times. I remember people being frustrated with the Lakers during their Shaq and Kobe championship years in regards to the way they seemingly coasted through the regular season knowing they could flip the switch in the playoffs. I think that frustration is similar to what we're experiencing with the Grizz right now (though I don't think they have anywhere close to the track record to justify thinking they can just flip the switch).
I agree we need better effort from Marc. Conley is the key though. If he can get back right health wise I think things will start falling back into place. The fact that our gradual slide over the last couple of months coincides with when Mike started getting dinged up isn't coincidental. Pete Edmiston's article in the CA today illuminates that really well.
Hopefully he's just pacing himself. I hate it when folks accuse players of being lazy. The season is 82 games. The schedule since the break has been brutal. Ask any veteran and if they're honest they'll admit to cruising in games especially down the stretch to the playoffs.
We want our guys to give 100% effort every minute of every single game they're on the court but that's not humanly possible. Especially on the second night of a back to back. With the playoffs coming in a few weeks it makes sense to hold a bit in reserve so you can give maximum effort when it counts. The problem right now is team cohesion and execution not laziness.
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.
+ Cosign GCmemphis
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.
All Comments »
By Martha Park
download this issue
click here to see more »