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John Mills Grizzlies Blog

John Mills, 92.9 FM ESPN's official Grizzlies blogger, blogs about his experiences
behind the boards as on-site engineer at every home game. 


The Grizzlies are .500 and I feel fine

The Grizzlies are 14-14, and right outside of the playoff bubble.  But its the funniest thing, I am still very excited about this team.  Sure they have some questionable losses, and they have come out of the locker room flat a few times, but when this team is clicking, it is something special to see.  I have had the wonderful opportunity to engineer the radio play by play call for all of the home games, and I can assure you, this team shows flashes of greatness. Do you remember last year right before the playoffs? The Grizzlies looked absolutely lost in the last 10 games of the regular season. I remember thinking, "Even if they make the playoffs, this team isn't going to have any juice left to play a #1 seed."  I was dead wrong.  I think a lot of the negative opinions about this years squad are dead wrong as well.

Linup:

Mike Conley  (PG)  Top 10 talent at his position

Tony Allen  (SG)    Top 3 defender at his position

Rudy Gay  (SF)  Has struggled some early, but is still our best shooting option.

Mo Speights  (PF)  Has a terrific jumper, but has to be open to hit it. Good rebounder.

Marc Gasol  (C)  Our All Star, and NO QUESTION a top 3 center in the NBA, believe it.

 

Bench:

O.J. Mayo  (SG)  When he is on, watch out. It's like he's shooting fireballs.

Cunningham (SF/PF)  Has shown some promise in his first few games. Good size.

Pondexter  (SG/SF)   You can tell he wants to be good, and he is working hard, just not quite there.

Jeremy Pargo  (PG)   He needs work.

Sam Young  (SG)   Where art thou?

Haddadi   (C)  Just get out there and rebound and take good fouls. And he does that.

 

This team, this lineup has gone .500 in the NBA with one of our best players hurt.  When ZBo gets back, it will change the landscape of our team for the better.  Lets not forget about how important ZBo was to the Grizz last year, and to think about how well this team has done in his absence makes me happy, and hopeful for the future.

The Grizzlies Just finished a 5 game home stand where we went 3-2. That's not the best they could have done, and they lost to a Utah Jazz team that looked beatable.  But, bottom line, the Grizzlies are right at .500 and in this shortened season, that record might be enough to get the Grizz into the playoffs. 

When ZBo heals up, and gets back in this lineup, there is nowhere for this team to go but up.



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02/15/2012 2:25PM
The Grizzlies are .500 and I feel fine
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