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    C.J. Watson – racing AJ, DJ & TJ to be Pacers' least effective backup-J point guard (out)

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    Jamaal Franklin - not with team (out)
    Marc Gasol - left ankle sprain (questionable)
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    After an impressive playoff run which saw them trample all over the L.A. Clippers and
    a Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder last season, the Memphis Grizzlies
    entered the 2013-2014 campaign tossed aside like old news. While the rest of the
    Western Conference retooled in the off-season with shiny new pieces, the Grizzlies
    returned with a practically intact roster, which many saw as a weakness, projecting
    them to be on the outside looking in on the crowded playoff race. And for the better
    half of the season, they did struggle. But now, they’re hitting their stride at just the
    right time, and another playoff berth seems to be in the cards. Their closest competitor,
    the Phoenix Suns, continue to crumble under the blazing post-season spotlight and the
    Minnesota Timberwolves have too much ground to make up in too little time. Even with
    a tough schedule ahead of them, the Grizzlies appear to be in the clear, which could
    prove to be bad news for everyone else out west.

    The Grizzlies’ slow start was understandable. Without Lionel Hollins on the sidelines
    anymore, Dave Joerger swooped in to save the day, but as with most rookie coaches,
    things didn’t go so swimmingly right off the bat. They lost five of their first eight
    games, giving up an uncharacteristic 100.6 points per contest, and had to adapt to
    life without Marc Gasol quickly, who, on November 22nd, suffered a knee injury just
    when they were starting to crawl their way back up the standings. Between the two
    month period of his injury and return, they hovered around .500, and any hopes of
    making the post-season seemed like a shot in the dark as the Phoenix Suns, Golden
    State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks generated some distance from Memphis.

    Since then, however, they’ve won 22 of their last 30 games and look like their old,
    terrifying selves again. Only this time, they may be even better. While they continue
    to wreak havoc on the defensive end of the court, giving up just 1.02 points per
    possession, a pair of recent acquisitions have led to a major jump offensively. After
    the Spurs made easy pickings of them in the playoffs by loading up on Marc Gasol
    and Zach Randolph in the post, it was clear that some changes had to be made in
    the backcourt. (Apparently Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince exchanging bricks wasn’t
    going to cut it moving forward). Therefore, in the summer, they acquired Mike Miller,
    and in the first week of the New Year, they traded away Jerryd Bayless and change
    for Courtney Lee. The result: a jump in offensive efficiency thanks to the presence of
    some weapons on the wings that they didn’t have when the Spurs were bludgeoning
    them to death in the Conference Finals.


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    activity of Gasol and Randolph for good reason: It’s deadly. However, now, instead
    of having Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince waiting in the wings for a corner jump-
    shot – which still to this day is a spacing disaster – Courtney Lee (a career 38.2
    percent shooter from deep) sets up shop. While it’s only a small, $5.2 million
    addition, it’s a stark difference from the pain and suffering Grizzlies fans had to
    endure last season when their team couldn’t buy a jumper.


    Most importantly, the team is finally healthy and are peaking at the right time.
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    Default Re: 3/22/2014 Game Thread #70: Pacers Vs. Grizzlies

    Does anyone yet know the status of Marc Gasol?


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    Default Re: 3/22/2014 Game Thread #70: Pacers Vs. Grizzlies

    No official word yet. Questionable or doubtful, I guess.

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    No update for Marc Gasol (left ankle sprain). He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
    Gasol leaving American Airlines Arena in a walking boot


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    No official word yet. Questionable or doubtful, I guess.

    Ronald Tillery@CAGrizBeat 15h
    No update for Marc Gasol (left ankle sprain). He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
    Gasol leaving American Airlines Arena in a walking boot

    Bummer for Gasol, I like his game.

    But if we don't have to face him I'll just count our blessings and hope he is better tomorrow.

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    Hopefully people won't overreact when/if we lose.

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    Hopefully people won't overreact when/if we lose.
    Meh, depends on how they lose. Also depends on what you mean by overreact as well. Complain about a loss? Not really an issue. Claiming we should have tanked for Jabbari Parker would be an overreaction.


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    Meh, depends on how they lose. Also depends on what you mean by overreact as well. Complain about a loss? Not really an issue. Claiming we should have tanked for Jabbari Parker would be an overreaction.
    More because it's a back-to-back, which we struggle in and will not have to deal with in the playoffs. To me it feels like how we have struggled against the Sixers this year. It's a bummer, but it has no effect on what really matters.

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    More because it's a back-to-back, which we struggle in and will not have to deal with in the playoffs. To me it feels like how we have struggled against the Sixers this year. It's a bummer, but it has no effect on what really matters.
    Don't disagree, but let's not forget that it will also be the back end of a back to back for Memphis as well and they actually went later and had a longer flight than we did last night.

    I am of the belief that our team is going to accept the challenge of this current rough schedule and play at a higher level. That being said I still say that we have to hit our shots, someone doesn't have to be Scola but that would be nice to, has got to be able to step out and hit a shot from outside the painted area with consistency.


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    Don't disagree, but let's not forget that it will also be the back end of a back to back for Memphis as well and they actually went later and had a longer flight than we did last night.

    I am of the belief that our team is going to accept the challenge of this current rough schedule and play at a higher level. That being said I still say that we have to hit our shots, someone doesn't have to be Scola but that would be nice to, has got to be able to step out and hit a shot from outside the painted area with consistency.
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    I am here in Memphis waiting for the game. I can hardly wait. I will have pictures tomorrow or Monday!

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    I am here in Memphis waiting for the game. I can hardly wait. I will have pictures tomorrow or Monday!
    Just happened to be in Memphis a couple days ago. Too bad I couldn't stay. Love the city.
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    I am here in Memphis waiting for the game. I can hardly wait. I will have pictures tomorrow or Monday!
    It looks like Naptown Seth and Trader Joe are there as well. You should look for them.


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    It looks like Naptown Seth and Trader Joe are there as well. You should look for them.
    I would try and hang, but here with family. I will certainly keep my eyes open for guys with blue and gold on though.

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    Looks like the game tonight is blacked out for me on League Pass Broadband.

    And I live 400 miles from Memphis. No, it's not supposed to be on tv here either.


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    Heard last night on the Raptors telecast that the Pacers and Raptors are tied for sweeps against western conference teams with 5(raptors had a chance to get another sweep last night against the thunder, but blew it, and KD going all MVP on them)...winning tonight would give us 6 and the eastern conference lead in that particular category, not to mention beating a much improved Memphis team and one step closer to the #1 seed. It would be a huge victory in the standings and for our confidence going forward if we can win this. GO PACERS!!!


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    Looks like the game tonight is blacked out for me on League Pass Broadband.

    And I live 400 miles from Memphis. No, it's not supposed to be on tv here either.

    Is every game blacked out/inaccessible? WHAT IS HAPPENING

    Edit: So the game is at 8:00 instead of 7:00. I swear to the Bears that it was 7:00...
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    Let's have another game like last nite!

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    Good movement so far.
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    Shot making however...
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    I still don't know why a Hibbert jump shot is considered acceptable now. Used to be last resort. Not anymore.
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    Three points in three and a half minutes. They especially Conley are getting some good looks, but it's the right side of the floor.

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    bring in the bench
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    Roy is actually a decent spot shooter. It isn't a horrible option.

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