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The Memphis Grizzlies will probably be cautiously aggressive in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 1:05 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies will likely be cautiously aggressive in free agency.  Here are three guys I think they will target this summer:

1. Jeremy Lin, PG – Lin would come at about half the price of Mike Conley, allowing the Grizzlies to sign more players this summer.

2. Eric Gordon, SG – Gordon is more than a little injury prone, which could cause his price tag to drop.  Make no mistake though, he can play!

3. Evan Turner, SG/SF – Turner has the kind of versatility that the Grizzlies covet.

 

The Memphis Grizzlies have 6 free agents heading into this summer

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 12:53 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have 6 free agents heading into the summer!  Point guard Mike Conley could get a max deal or close to one this summer, and I wouldn’t give him that kind of money if I were running the Grizzlies.  He’s just not good enough to get paid like that, period!  Small forward Matt Barnes was a good fit for the Grizzlies last year and they should consider bringing him back, as long as the price is right.  PG Jordan Farmar, SG P.J. Hairston and C Ryan Hollins are not guys the Grizzlies should consider bringing back, as they are just taking up roster space.  PG Bryce Cotton is a restricted free agent and I think they could go either way with him.  I would not be shocked if the Grizzlies let all six of these guys walk this summer.

The Memphis Grizzlies hire David Fizdale to be their next head coach

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 5:24 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have given 41-year old David Fizdale a 4-year, $16 million dollar deal to be their new head coach.  Fizdale has been an assistant coach for the Miami Heat for the last 8 years, so he helped them win two NBA Title Rings!  He also was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors (2003-2004) and the Atlanta Hawks (2004-2008).  But, he has never been a head coach in the NBA.  The Grizzlies are taking a risk here with this hire, but they like Fizdale.

Tony Allen is named to the All Defense Second Team

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 1:17 pm

34-year old SG/SF Tony Allen has been named to the All Defense Second Team.  Allen played in 64 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 25.3 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.3 blocked shots per game.  Allen is the ace of the defense for the Memphis Grizzlies, as he is often pitted against the best offensive player for the opposing team on a night to night basis.  Allen has now played in 391 games (293 starts) in his first six years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 24.7 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game.  Allen is currently #2 in Grizzlies’ history in steals with 681 of them.  Allen is also #10 in games played (391), #10 in offensive rebounds (575) and #9 in blocked shots (188) in Grizzlies’ history.

The Memphis Grizzlies have fired head coach Dave Joerger

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Coaching,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 7 May 2016 at 9:56 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have fired 42-year old head coach Dave Joerger.  Joerger was seeking to interview with other teams, so the Grizzlies obliged by firing him!  Joerger led the Grizzlies to a 42-40 (.512) during the regular season, despite a roster depleted due to big time injuries to key players.  They then got swept in the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.  Joerger was 147-99 (59.8%) during the regular season in his three years in charge of the Grizzlies and he was also 9-13 (40.9%) in the playoffs.  The Grizzlies will move fast to try to find a replacement for Joerger, who was a solid head coach for them.

The Memphis Grizzlies had a rough season in 2015-16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 4:19 am

The Memphis Grizzlies finished up with a 42-40 record during the 2015-16 season and a lot of credit has to go to head coach Dave Joerger for getting them to the playoffs.  After all, the Grizzlies had 28 players play in at least one game for them this year due to the unbelievable rash of injuries to key players.  It was no surprise that the Spurs swept them in the playoffs.

TEAM MVPMarc Gasol, center – 31-year old center Marc Gasol was having one of the better years in his career in 2015-16, until he broke his foot in the second half.  He played in 52 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 34.4 minutes, 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  He had 9 Double-Doubles and 1 Triple-Double for the Grizzlies last year.  In his 7 games (all starts) in which he played at least 40 minutes, Gasol averaged 42.3 minutes, 26.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 blocked shots per game.

MOST IMPROVEDLance Stephenson, shooting guard – When the Grizzlies acquired Stephenson at the trade deadline, he was in Doc Rivers’ Dog House.  He played in 43 games (10 starts) for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015-16 and he averaged 15.8 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  But, he was like a brand new guy in Memphis.  He played in 26 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 26.6 minutes, 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTBrandan Wright, PG/C – When the Grizzlies signed 28-year old PF/C Brandan Wright, they were expecting him to be their top backup big man.  But he got hurt early in the year and it pretty much knocked him out.  He played in 12 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 17.7 minutes, 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

 

 

The Memphis Grizzlies had almost no shot to beat the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 4:03 am

With the rash of injuries the Memphis Grizzlies had in the second half of the 2015-16 season, they were fortunate to even make the playoffs.  It should come as no surprise that they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 412-324 in this series and they were taking it easy on them, as Kawhi Leonard is the only Spurs’ player that averaged over 30 minutes played per game in this series.  The Grizzlies only shot 39.4% from the floor, 29.7% from three point range and 70% from the free throw line against the Spurs.  It’s impossible to win that way.  25-year old SG Lance Stephenson and 39-year old SG Vince Carter were the only two Grizzlies’ players that played well in this series.  Stephenson played in four games off the bench and he averaged 23.7 minutes, 13.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  Carter started all four games for the Grizzlies and he averaged 22.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Game #4: San Antonio Spurs 116, Memphis Grizzlies 95

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 10:11 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies played no D today at home and it ended their season, as the Spurs shot 50% from the floor and 45.5% from three point range!  Lance Stephenson led the way for the Grizzlies today with 26 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists in 35 minutes off the bench.  Zach Randolph (15 points and 7 rebounds) and Matt Barnes (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot in 45 minutes) also played hard today.  Vince Carter pitched in with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.  So the Grizzlies were swept in four games by the vastly superior San Antonio Spurs, but it was impressive to me that they even made the playoffs due to the rash of injuries to big time players on their team!

Game #3: San Antonio Spurs 96, Memphis Grizzlies 87

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies showed some heart last night, as they played hard, but they still fell a little bit short.  The Grizzlies were winning this game 71-70 heading into the 4th quarter, but the Spurs outscored them 26-16 in the 4th quarter to put them away.  Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies in this game with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist.  Matt Barnes also had a rock solid game with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.  Vince Carter only shot 3 of 12 from the floor last night, but he still finished up with 10 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.  JaMychal Green pitched in with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots off the bench.  The Grizzlies are now down 3-0 to the Spurs.

The Memphis Grizzlies lose Jarell Martin for the rest of the playoffs

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:27 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without 21-year old rookie power forward Jarell Martin for the rest of the playoffs due to a left foot injury.  Martin played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies in the playoffs and he averaged 23.0 minutes, 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Martin played in 27 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies during the regular season and he averaged 14.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  This will hurt the Grizzlies, as they need all the help that they can get against the Spurs.

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