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Mar 1, 2011

March Madness in the NBA

The nation will be focused on NCAA until the tournament is over, and then the real basketball junkies take over as the NBA playoffs start creeping around the corner. Although most moronic sports fans will then be glued to MLB spring training, the rest of us will be engaged in the battle of the Titans between the super-friends and super-fiends. The new-look Celtics, Magic, Heat, Knicks, Lakers, Spurs, Mavericks, and Bulls will be vying for that title. Behind those superstar, megamarket teams lie the "better than average underdogs". These teams have some star power and maybe one superstar, and play pretty good team basketball. In this 2nd tier you have the Blazers, Hawks, Thunder, Hornets, Bucks, and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Here's the buzz on the Grizzlies:

For the FANS

The Grizzlies have also gone the way of Antonio Burks, Lorenzen Wright, and Eliot Perry by picking up former University of Memphis wingman Rodney Carney. The last time I saw him he was in the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island burying three after three, quickly turning the local crowd against me and my Memphis Tiger gear. I had to quiet down as the Providence Friars were blown out in the 2nd half. He had a long career in Memphis because he wasn't a blue chip recruit but his talents have kept him employed in the NBA at least as an end of the bench guy. It doesn't hurt to roll the dice with someone like that, especially if you really intend to splash into the "second season" of the NBA!! But wait there's more help coming. Leon Powe?
If the Griz add forward Leon Powe, that would give them 28 more games of playoff experience. Powe is expected to clear waivers today after Cleveland released him last week, and Memphis is one of the teams he's seriously considering.
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