Memphis Grizzlies 2014 News and Updates
3/10/14 - The Memphis Grizzlies just cannot pick up any ground on the top eight teams in the West, and with just over 20 games to go, the Grizzlies have very little margin for error if they expect to be in the Western Conference mix come playoff time. Case in point: dropping their last game 103-94 to Brooklyn, allowing the Nets to move one game over .500. Among their starters against the Nets, only center Marc Gasol was able to break through into double figures, with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds. The bulk of the Grizzlies’ scoring came off the bench, with five reserves in double digits, led by Jon Leuer’s 19.
3/3/14 - The Gasol brothers faced off once again on February 26, with the Memphis Gasol (Marc) victorious over his brother (Pau), 108-103 at the FedEx Forum near the banks of the Mississippi River. Marc (14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks) was outscored by Pau (17 points, along with 10 boards) for the game, while Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee led the Grizzlies in scoring with 18 points. Tony Allen chipped in 17 points off the bench in the winning effort.
2/21/14 - Despite sitting just a game outside the playoff contenders, the Memphis Grizzlies ultimately stood pat at the league trading deadline on February 20. A deadline deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves fell through, which would have involved Grizzlies Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen; and T’wolves Chase Budinger and J.J. Barea. Memphis came out of the break on a good note, holding New York’s Carmelo Anthony to just 22 points in a 98-93 defeat of the Knicks. Former Ohio State Buckeye Mike Conley led the Grizz with 22 points of his own in the win.
2/11/14 - History of sorts was made by the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday, as the Grizz attempted just one free throw in the entire game, a 79-96 defensive struggle against Atlanta. The lone attempt was by Courtney Lee, who sank it as part of his total of 14 for the game. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies in scoring with 20 points, while Marc Gasol cleared a total of eight boards and also dished out seven assists. Memphis remains just three games out of the playoff picture in the West.
2/4/14 - Since December 21, the Memphis Grizzlies were the proud owners of the NBA’s best record…then they headed into Oklahoma City on February 3 to take on white-hot Kevin Durant and the Thunder, and came up on the short end of a 86-77 loss to OKC. A contributing factor may have been the missing presence of point guard Mike Conley. The Ohio State product has been sidelined with a sprained right ankle and is being listed as day to day by the Grizz.
3/26/13 - Memphis is one of the hottest teams in the League right now. The Grizzlies recently clinched their third consecutive Playoff berth and have won 9 of their last 13. The team announced today that NBA Playoff tickets for Home Games 1 and 2 of the First Round will go on sale Saturday, April 6. Memphis Grizzlies Playoff tickets for Home Games 1 and 2 are currently averaging $186 and $160 (in that order), one of the cheapest in the NBA. In comparison tickets to see the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum will cost you $155 on average; with the 3-4-5 seeds up for grabs, the Grizzlies will likely be playing for home-court advantage in the first round of the Playoffs.
3/4/13 - Since leaving Vancouver after the end of the 2000-01 season, the Memphis Grizzlies have quietly built themselves into one of the better squads in the NBA. Although falling back a bit after winning their first postseason series in 2010-11, the Grizzlies are in the middle of the Western Conference pack, behind the surprising LA Clippers. Defense has become the Grizzlies hallmark; the team is first overall in the NBA in points allowed at 89.5 points per game. However, the team is towards the bottom of the league in team offense, averaging just a little over 93 points per game in scoring. Forward Zech Randolph is leading the squad in points per game, while point guard Mike Conley (an Ohio State product) has been quite effective in getting the ball to the frontline scorers. Defensively, the Grizzlies are led by center Marc Gasol (brother of Lakers star Pau), who is averaging 1.7 blocks per game and is second in rebounding. Additional contributions are coming from guard Tony Allen, as well as Tayshaun Prince and Jerryd Bayless. Coach Lionel Hollins has been effective at turning the Grizzlies into a top defensive squad; the Fedex Forum faithful have to be hoping for a deep run in this season's playoffs.
Leading up to the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Memphis Grizzlies tickets average $62 at FedEx Forum in Tennessee. Key upcoming games on the Grizzlies schedule include matchups with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Clippers. Basketball fans in Memphis looking to score cheap Grizzlies tickets will find tickets under $5 in the upper level at many home games. On the road, the Grizzlies tickets average $94, $32 more per ticket than at home. That difference in Memphis Grizzlies tickets prices is largely due to upcoming road games in huge basketball markets like Los Angeles and New York.
Memphis Grizzlies 2013-2014 Season
So far this season, the Grizz have picked up a win-one-lose-one pattern game in and game out. Last week Memphis fell to the Pacers (95-70) on the road, lengthening Indiana’s undefeated start, and the week before they had a convincing victory over the Warriors (108-90). Tomorrow they have a chance to snap out of the hot and cold play, in one of the most anticipated games for Grizzlies fans this year. A potential win over the Toronto Raptors comes Nov 13, when forward Rudy Gay returns to “The Grindhouse” for the first time since being traded to Toronto. Gay was such an integral member of the team, fans may be conflicted whether to cheer or jeer upon his return—get in for as low as $1 to be there—unbeatable!
The Memphis Grizzlies ended the 2013 NBA Playoffs with a Western Conference Finals appearance; it was their best season ever. Returning players on the Grizzlies roster include Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph. The four will be joined by Mike Miller from the Miami Heat who was the biggest signing for the Grizzlies this offseason. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat tickets in early April are the most expensive this season at FedEx Forum, averaging $204. A Western Conference Semifinals rematch against the OKC Thunder mid-January is the second most expensive game at $184.