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Memphis Grizzlies 118, Toronto Raptors 107

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by alleyoop on Saturday 31 October 2009 at 1:19 am

The Grizzlies ran the Raptors right out of the gym in the 4th quarter outscoring them 39-28. The Grizzlies shot 51.2% from the floor and they outrebounded the Raptors 45-36 which were two of the key factors in this victory last night. Zach Randolph showed why the Grizzlies wanted him in this game as he led the way with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Marc Gasol had another really good game last night with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in only 25 minutes. O.J. Mayo (18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals) and Rudy Gay (17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals) also had solid games for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are now 1-1 on the season.

Detroit Pistons 96, Memphis Grizzlies 74

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by alleyoop on Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 11:41 pm

The Grizzlies really laid an egg in the home opener. They only shot 36.1% from the floor while the Pistons shot 61.4% and it’s impossible to win a game that way. Marc Gasol was the lone Grizzlies’ player who really wanted to battle the Pistons tonight as he finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Rudy Gay had a so-so game finishing with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Zach Randolph’s debut with the Grizzlies was a line of 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. The Grizzlies did outrebound the Pistons 49-39 but that wasn’t enough to even play a close game. The Grizzlies are now 0-1 on the season.

The over/under for the Memphis Grizzlies is 29.5 wins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Sportsbook by alleyoop on Saturday 24 October 2009 at 8:04 am

This is such a low number that I think I’ll be running to the sportsbook to make a bet on it. The Grizzlies have a good young basketball team and they added offensive firepower in the off-season with the additions of Zach Randolph and Allen Iverson. The draft also brought in a lot of talent in Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and Sam Young. The Grizzlies are a team on the rise and I’m thinking they will be around .500 this season so take the over and then take the money to the bank.

The Memphis Grizzlies lose Darrell Arthur

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by alleyoop on Saturday 24 October 2009 at 8:01 am

The Grizzlies have lost backup power forward Darrell Arthur for at least the next 4 months due to surgery to repair a partially torn pectoral muscle. This will hurt the depth of the Grizzlies at power forward. The Grizzlies will likely turn to rookies Hasheem Thabeet, Sam Young and DeMarre Carroll when Zach Randolph needs a break. This is a bigger loss than most people think as Arthur played allright last season for the Grizzlies.

Will Lionel Hollins be overwhelmed as the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 3:34 pm

Lionel Hollins took a test run for the Grizzlies as head coach last season and he was only 13-26 (33.3%). Apparently that was enough to convince the front office of the Grizzlies that he was the right guy for the job. In parts of two years for the Grizzlies, Hollins led the team to a 13-30 record (30.2%). Hollins now has a career record as a NBA head coach of 31-72 (30.1%). The Grizzlies should have picked someone better to lead this team especially with veterans on the team now like Zach Randolph and Allen Iverson.

Potential abounds for the Memphis Grizzlies at center

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 3:30 pm

24-year old Marc Gasol exploded on the scene for the Grizzlies last season. He played in all 82 games for the Grizzlies and he averaged 30.7 minutes, 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. Gasol could improve on those numbers this season unless one of the youngsters behind him starts stealing some of his minutes. 22-year old Hasheem Thabeet was the 2nd pick in the first round of the NBA Draft for the Grizzlies. The 7’3″, 267 pound Thabeet will be counted on for defense and rebounding as a rookie and he should deliver. 24-year old Hamed Haddadi will be #3 in line for minutes at center. He played in 19 games last season for the Grizzlies and he averaged 6.3 minutes, 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. Haddadi still has a nice little upside.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2009-2010: B

Zach Randolph should give the offense of the Memphis Grizzlies a shot in the arm

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 3:24 pm

28-year old Zach Randolph is a double-double machine and he will give the Grizzlies’ offense even more punch this season. He played in 50 games for the Knicks and Grizzlies last season in which he averaged 35.1 minutes, 20.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Randolph will likely lead the Grizzlies in both rebounds and points if he can stay healthy enough to play in more than 70 games this season. 21-year old Darrell Arthur will back up Randolph at power forward. He played in 76 games last season for the Grizzlies and he averaged 19.3 minutes, 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. 27-year old Steven Hunter will be #3 in line for playing time at power forward this season for the Grizzlies. He did not play last season due to injury. He has played in 379 games in his NBA career in which he has averaged 15.4 minutes, 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POWER FORWARDS IN 2009-2010: B

The Memphis Grizzlies are really young at small forward

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 3:18 pm

The Grizzlies have two rookies behind 23-year old Rudy Gay at small forward. Gay played in 79 games for the Grizzlies last season and he averaged 37.3 minutes, 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Don’t look for his numbers to improve too much this season as the Grizzlies have a few more guys that can score on the roster this year. 23-year old DeMarre Carroll was a first round pick (#27) out of Missouri and the 6’8″, 212 pounder should get a decent amount of minutes behind Gay this season. 24-year old Sam Young was the 6th pick of the 2nd round out of Pitt for the Grizzlies. Young is 6’6″, 220 pounds and he plays all out on the basketball court so he should battle DeMarre Carroll for minutes.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2009-2010: B

The Memphis Grizzlies lose Allen Iverson for a while

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by alleyoop on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 12:36 pm

The Grizzlies will be without Allen Iverson for the rest of the pre-season with a partial tear in his left hamstring. He is even questionable for opening night of the regular season. The Grizzlies need to be careful with A.I. as he will be a very important player off the bench for them in 2009-2010.

The Memphis Grizzlies want more mayo this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Monday 5 October 2009 at 10:49 pm

21-year old O.J. Mayo had a fantastic rookie season and the Grizzlies expect him to improve. He played in all 82 games last season for the Grizzlies and he averaged 38.0 minutes, 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The Grizzlies expect Mayo to score a couple of more points this season. Backing up Mayo will be Allen Iverson who will also be backing up point guard Mike Conley. Iverson should score in bunches off the bench for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have given 30-year old SG Marko Jaric’s agent permission to seek out a trade with another team. He played in 53 games for the Grizzlies last season and he averaged 11.4 minutes, 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. 23-year old Mike Taylor is a underrated basketball player as he played in 51 games (5 starts) as a rookie last season for the Clippers and he averaged 15.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. If Jaric is moved in a trade, Taylor could get some minutes at both SG and PG. 24-year old Thomas Gardner will have a hard time making the Grizzlies. He played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Hawks last season and he averaged 6.1 mintues, 1.5 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2009-2010: B