One thing Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins tries to preach to his players, especially the younger ones, is "playing free."
Like in the Grizzlies' 85-80 victory over the Kevin Love-less Timberwolves Wednesday night in FedExForum, Hollins talked about guard Quincy Pondexter, who scored a career-high 17 points in starting in place of the injured Tony Allen.
"I want to commend Quincy for a nice game and playing free," Hollins said. Explain "playing free," Lionel?
"It's just when you have an open shot, you take it," said Hollins, whose team plays its third game of a five-game homestand on Friday against the Pacers. "You have an open drive, you make it. If there's a play to made. It's not rocket science. You do the same thing at the 'Y' or at the playground.
"The stakes are a bit higher here, but you've got to be mentally tough and live with the results. Some nights you're going to be very good, some night...