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    Default 1/21/2013 Game Thread #42: Pacers Vs. Grizzlies

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    PACERS
    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
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    GRIZZLIES
    Quincy Pondexter - grade 2 eft MCL sprain (out)
    Zach Randolph - strained lower back (day-to-day)


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    Straight Outta Vancouver:
    Kevin Lipe: Donít Panic. Or Maybe Do. But Probably Donít. Right?

    Talking myself back from the ledge, given the Grizzlies' last three games. What's
    eating the Memphis Grizzlies right now?


    The Grizzlies, it would appear, are in a tailspin. They swept a West Coast road trip
    with victories over the Suns, Warriors, and Kings, and then returned to Memphis for
    an overtime victory over the Spurs.

    Since then, well, things arenít going according to plan.

    Iíve been just as shocked as you have by the last three games.[1] In the whole of the
    Lionel Hollins era, this has been a team that has made up for its (many) deficiencies
    through sheer force of will and raw, oftentimes ugly, effort. This is a team that may
    not be as talented as its opponent, but will fight, scratch, and claw every inch of the
    way to a win. Itís supposed to be "All heart, grit, grind," right? Didnít we believe that?
    Isn't that why Tony Allen is the Grizzlies' spirit animal?

    Peter Edmiston, of Sports 56 in Memphis, said this last night:

    So what do we do now, Grizzlies fans? What are we supposed to expect from this team
    that started 12Ė2 and has been .500 ever since, and which appears to be flaming out
    before our very eyes?

    The Grizzlies appear to have found themselves at the center of a perfect storm. Since
    the new ownership group took over at the beginning of the regular season, weíve seen
    things go from awesome to okay to horrible. The team looks less like the world-beaters
    we saw in November and more like the hurt-ZBo uglyball practitioners of last season,
    when they were playing defense so well they only had to score 80-points to win.

    The problem? Theyíre still only scoring 80-something points, but theyíre not doing
    anything on defense. And theyíre not doing anything on offense either. Theyíre not
    making shots. In Dallas, the Grizzliesí eFG% was .399, or 39.9%. At home against
    the Clippers, it was 33.7%. The teamís raw FG% was 30.3%, which was the worst in
    franchise history in a home game all the way back to 1995. In Vancouver. With Big
    Country Reeves. Even they didnít shoot 30%. In San Antonio, same story: eFG%
    was 42%.

    Of course, in San Antonio, it didnít help that the Spursí eFG% as .638, and they
    assisted on 75% of their baskets ó but that, too, shows you something about the
    Grizzliesí defensive intensity. This is a team that thrives on turning other teams over.
    They had a streak of 138 straight games where they forced their opponent into 10+
    turnovers, and that streak ended in Dallas on Saturday.

    Clearly something is going on. The team can no longer score ó something weíve
    seen since December ó but now they appear to be incapable of (1) getting stops and
    (2) being able to get the offense going again when they hit a wall. They seem to lack
    the wherewithal to adjust their offensive gameplan on the fly ó but their effort, at
    least to the uninformed eye, looks so weak that itís hard to tell whether to blame that
    on coaching or on the players.

    Offense has never been this teamís strong suit. So far this season theyíre 16th in the
    league in offensive rating with a 104.2, but that number is certainly being boosted by
    November, in which the Grizzlies were in the top 5 in both offense and defense. In the
    last three games, the Grizzlies had an ORtg of 97.2, 87.5, and 94.1. Their defensive
    rating for the season is 2nd out of all 30 teams at 100.5, but in the last three games,
    it was 121.8, 118.6, and 118.2. So the offensive ratings have been well below season
    average, and the defensive ratings have been far worse than the season average.

    What happened to the Grizzliesí defense? Whatís going on?

    When the new front office took over, it was obvious that things were going to change.
    When they hired John Hollinger to be VP of Basketball Operations, it became even more
    obvious that the team was going to be trying an analytics-based approach to team-
    building.

    Thereís a slight...CONTINUE READING AT STRAIGHT OUTTA VANCOUVER


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    Dan Devine: Zach Randolph Is Scared of Cats

    During his 12-year NBA career, Zach Randolph has made it abundantly clear on a number
    of occasions that he's not scared of anybody on the basketball court. The 6-foot-9, 260-
    pound Memphis Grizzlies power forward has gone toe-to-toe with some of the league's
    biggest and baddest dudes over the years, including, most recently, Oklahoma City
    Thunder center Kendrick Perkins; their November clash resulted in ejections, a $25,000
    fine for Randolph and one of the season's great quotes: Z-Bo telling Memphis radio host
    Chris Vernon, "I'm good with these hands, man. I'm a jackin' dude." (There's also the off
    -court and past stuff, which only bolster Z-Bo's never-scared bona fides.)

    But as a wise man ó either Winston Churchill or Jim Carrey in "Me, Myself and Irene,"
    not sure which ó once said, just because a man rocks doesn't mean he's made of
    stone. As he's matured, Randolph has more frequently shown a softer side, engaging
    in heartwarming charitable endeavors like donating $10,000 last summer to save a
    pit bull that had been trapped for days in a Memphis drainpipe. Randolph's giving
    actions and interactions with the rescued pit bull ó later named "Little Z-Bo," which
    is the best ó will be featured Saturday on an episode of the Animal Planet reality
    series "Pit Bulls and Parolees."

    But as Randolph told ESPN Playbook's Sam Alipour in an interview pegged to the
    episode's Jan. 11 premiere, his love for dogs (he owns several and acts as a
    spokesperson for the Memphis Humane Society) doesn't extend to all furry, four-
    legged creatures. Nor, it seems, does his fearlessness:

    Like you, Iím a dog lover. On a possibly related note, I feel, in my
    heart of hearts, that cats are evil. Feel me?


    Naw, youíre right: You canít be both a dog lover and a cat lover. Iíve
    got a crazy phobia about cats. For some reason, Iím always thinking
    theyíre going to scratch me. If a cat walks up, Iím going, ďOh no, this
    dude about to scratch me ó I know it!Ē Cats scare the hell out of me.
    I love animals, but Iím no cat lover. Guys usually arenít.

    Interesting. Then maybe you can help me out. My buddy, Mike
    Garrett, an otherwise normal, single, young man, is very seriously
    considering buying a cat. He wonít listen to me, so maybe heíll
    listen to Z-Bo. Mikeís crazy, right?


    Oh, man, tell him to buy a dog! [Laughs.] Yo, Iím serious, tell your
    friend ó tell him right now: You donít need no cat, Mike. Buy a dog.

    Yeah, Mike. Buy a dog. Zach Randolph said you should buy a dog, so you should
    definitely buy a dog. Like, right now. Seriously, ask Ruben Patterson and Louis
    Amundson what happens when you don't do what Zach Randolph wants you to do.
    You should get this done as soon as possible. Do you need to borrow some money?
    Just let me know, dude...CONTINUE READING AT BALL DON'T LIE



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    What happened to Z-bo? Why isn't he starting?
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    OH. Just saw it. nevermind, strained back.
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    Damnit, for once I'd like these teams to play each other at full length. They have such a similar makeup.
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    I like our chances with Z-Bo out.

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    I am trying to set up my DVR at work here. Is it on ESPN? It's not listed on the xfinity channel schedule.

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    ESPN.
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    Hey mattie, isn't it possible that James Earl Ray wasn't really a racist, and was really just a huge Pacers' fan that worked the night shift?

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    Default Re: 1/21/2013 Game Thread #42: Pacers Vs. Grizzlies

    Man I wanted to see Zbo

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    BLAH. I'm at work.

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    just came from work. ready to go. hope we get a win.

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    Danny taking part in shootaround


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    Hey mattie, isn't it possible that James Earl Ray wasn't really a racist, and was really just a huge Pacers' fan that worked the night shift?
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    A win here would ease my mind about whether or not this team can beat other good teams at home.

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    Don't quote that nuntius! I blocked him for a reason. =)
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    Personally I have that place as hard for us to win there as the place in San Antonio. Z-Bo being unavailable is tremendous news for us, playing wise, and certainly boosts our chances for a win. Come on Pacers.

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    This game is on in 30 minutes? On a Monday?

    ... Weird.
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    This game is on in 30 minutes? On a Monday?

    ... Weird.
    MLK Day...
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    MLK Day...

    Ahh.

    Sure enough, just peeked at the calendar.

    Still weird, though.
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    Don't quote that nuntius! I blocked him for a reason. =)
    Ok, sorry
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    Let's see if ZBo plays or not.

    In any case, I expect a loss but hope for a win
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    Speights is a hell of a backup, so even without Z-Bo Memphis is still a hell of a team. I don't expect a win either.
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    Default Re: 1/21/2013 Game Thread #42: Pacers Vs. Grizzlies

    This could be a big confidence builder. Beating a good west conference team on the road.

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    This will probably be a low scoring game but I expect us to pull out a win.

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    Speights is a hell of a backup, so even without Z-Bo Memphis is still a hell of a team. I don't expect a win either.
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