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Jan 2, 2010

Cactus Juice and Rollin'

Going to bed early tonight... maybe. Apropos, my concentration is gone early. Grizz are currently up by 36 points in the 4th quarter in Phoenix. The Suns have lost a couple cake games in the last 10 days or so to Golden State and OKC. However OKC is one of the hottest teams around. (Although, I just saw they lost in Overtime to the struggling Milwaukee Bucks) Right now Grizz may be moving ahead in the Power Rankings after games like this one tonight. No one is calling Grizzlies a cake walk this year! (2010 ROCKING)

Tonight could be the most emphatic, dominant road effort I've ever seen from Grizzlies.
And it really wasn't much more than domination in the paint by the bigs (Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph) and the best bench play of the season for the Memphis Grizzlies. The rest of the pieces just assembled themselves, and there was nothing Phoenix could do about it.

  1. Sam Young looks like a lottery pick right now.
  2. Thabeet looks like a lottery pick for maybe the first time this season.

  3. ZBO is one of the best 3, at the very least, low-post players in the league right now.
  4. Meanwhile, Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo are putting up star performances virtually every night. If Conley is not a superb point guard, it's of no consequence, because all he has to do is control the ball, dish it out to one of the hot hands, and get out of the way.
  5. Defense was lacking in the first quarter as the Grizz put up 33 and Suns 29, but then 2nd quarter opened with at least a 16-0 run by Grizz in 6 minutes. The game was busted open from there and no one looked back.
  6. All of this was accomplished despite nearly perfect performances by Amare Stoudamire and Steve Nash (offensively). Stoudamire is a more complete player than he's been in his career and defines the term, "franchise player".

Now with this win the Grizzlies are back at 0.500 for the first time since October when they beat Toronto to go 1-1 after the huge upset to Detroit on an anti-climatic opening night. It's not exactly what I expected to see at the beginning of January 2010, a 0.500 Grizzlies team. I would like to know if that record has been equaled in January even in the 3 playoff seasons?

Check this great vid by fellow Grizz blogger, JBO:

Today was a good day for Grizzlies celebrity announcer Sean Tuoy, as the Rebels repeated as Cotton Bowl champions and the Grizzlies ROLLED the Suns.


J-Bo said...

I really appreciate this, my dude!


At first (in Spain) was... the Grizz sucks!!... now it is... ohh!! the Grizz rocks!!! we are going ahead to PO!!!


Anonymous said...

It will be great to watch Memphis Grizzlies, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.