The FedExForum in Memphis is known as the "Grind House." It is a major home court advantage for the Grizzlies and encapsulates a team that the city has fallen in love with the last three years.
Memphis has gone from NBA laughingstock -- seemingly giving Pau Gasol away for nothing -- into one of the most formidable teams int he Western Conference.
Maybe not among its elites, but certainly among the best teams in the league.
Lionel Hollins has created a style of basketball only a mother could love however in order to name that nickname "The Grind House." The Grizzlies are second in the league in defensive efficiency, and 28th in pace. This is not exactly a brand of basketball known as entertaining.
But it is effective. There is no denying that.
Memphis is among the contenders in the Western Conference even after trading away Rudy Gay because of their defensive identity. And so while others may dismiss their style of play as "ugly" or "gritty," Hollins and the Grizzlies can o...