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.
What a difference a weekend makes...
by John Mills,posted Apr 9 2012 6:00PM
So this past weekend was pretty amazing, huh?
Friday, the Grizzlies gave the Heat their 3rd loss at home, their first home loss since January. The Grizzlies never trailed, and the game wasn't close, the Grizzlies outscored the Heat 25-12 in the first quarter, and never looked back, Grizzlies 97 Heat 82.
This was the first game where you could really see that Gilbert Arenas is back into form. He shot 4/5 from deep and finished with 12 points on 14 minutes of action. The Grizzlies needed a backup point guard badly, and Gil really seems like he has filled that void.
Saturday the Grizzlies hosted the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. In the 1st quarter the Grizzlies jumped out to another quick lead outscoring them 29-10 at the end of the quarter. Dallas came back to make it a 1 point game, but for the second night in a row Memphis never trailed, Grizzlies 94 Mavericks 89.
The Grizzlies beat the Eastern Conference Champions and the Western Conference Champions in back to back nights. That's pretty impressive, wouldn't you say?
Tonight The Grizzlies play Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers in the battle for 4th place in the West. With a win tonight, the Grizzlies can pull to within 0.5 a game of the 4th spot, and home court advantage in the playoffs, something we'd all love to see. The Clippers match up pretty well against the Grizz, but this is as hot as we have ever played, I like our chances.
No word on Tony Allen's status for tonight's game. Right now he is a game time decision.