Posted October 31, 2013 on AP on Fox
Tenacious defense was one of the Memphis Grizzlies' biggest strengths in 2012-13 during their best season ever. The same couldn't be said of their first game this season, particularly in terms of interior defense. They'll try to get back on track in Friday night's home opener against the Detroit Pistons, who had their way in the paint while starting in winning fashion. Memphis won a franchise-record 56 games last season and reached its first ever conference finals. The Grizzlies relied on a stingy defense that ranked among the best, allowing a league-low 89.3 points per game while limiting opponents to averages of 43.5 percent shooting and 38.0 points in the paint. But they were outscored 50-40 in the paint in Wednesday's 101-94 loss at San Antonio, which swept them out of the playoffs. They let teams score 50-plus in the paint eight times all of last season, with three coming against Denver. Memphis also let the Spurs shoot 52.6 percent from the field and s...
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