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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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Mike Conley scored 22 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 each and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 111-108 in overtime Friday night.
Memphis outscored the Pistons 11-2 to start the extra period en route to its first victory of the season. Marc Gasol added 15 points for Memphis and Randolph had 10 rebounds.
Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with...
The Detroit Pistons travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies tonight in their second regular season contest. After a solid opening night outing where the Pistons’ frontline dominated the Washington Wizards, they will face as tough of a test upfront as any team in the NBA can. The Grizzlies are coming off a 101-94 loss on the road to the defending Western Conference champion San...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Even trailing by six points as the final minute of regulation approached, the Memphis Grizzlies didn't panic.
The Grizzlies not only erased Detroit's late lead in regulation, but kept the momentum into overtime for a 111-108 win over the Pistons on Friday night.
"I think maturity allows you to understand the situation and embrace the situation,"...
Can Andre Drummond (left) and Greg Monroe team up with newcomer Josh Smith to form a formidable frontcourt in Detroit?
The Detroit Pistons open the 2013-14 season on Wednesday night, with their sights set on ending their playoff drought. Can they do it? Here’s how The Detroit Sports Site’s experts see it playing out:
1. Now that we’ve all had time to digest Joe Dumars’ busy...
The last time we saw the Memphis Grizzlies before last night’s season opener, was against these same San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. In this series they lost in embarrassing fashion, getting swept in four quick games. None of which were that close, as all of the games featured the Spurs having ...The post Troubled Randolph Has Grizzlies Struggling appeared...
I’m so happy Rasheed Wallace AKA Coach Sheed will be sticking around NBA sidelines this season as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Props to this Pistons fan who honored Sheed’s news position with a custom-made jersey.
I might watch Pistons games just to see “Ball Don’t Lie” signs all over the Palace.
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Auburn Hills, Mich. -- If you closed your eyes, you might have thought it was 2004 again.
Because when you opened them, there was Chauncey Billups calmly making a three-point shot to cool off the opposing team's rally.
The three with 6:09 left in the game pushed the Pistons' lead back to 10 and returned things to a calmer place down the stretch.
"I've seen him...
If you happen to be a fan of the Wesley Snipes/Woody Harrelson basketball flick, “White Men Can’t Jump”, Memphis Grizzlies teammates Quincy Pondexter and Jon Leuer decided to channel them for their Halloween costume.
Check out the comparison with the originals thanks to a photo from Quincy’s Instagram account:
Pondexter image courtesy of Getty Images
Summing it up
It tends to be an ugly affair when the Spurs and Grizzlies match up. It was even more so in Wednesday’s season opener, with both teams struggling through stretches of incompetence. Their poor defense in the second half notwithstanding, the Spurs could feel pleased with their execution after shooting 52.6 percent, including 11 for 20 on 3-pointers, against one of...
The Grizzlies located their shooting touch, made a concerted effort to integrate their power forward and grinded defensively to give themselves more time for a comeback.
Dave Joerger’s first regular-season win as an NBA head coach wasn’t exactly as seamless as it sounds. But the Grizzlies’ 111-108 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night in FedExForum was certainly...
The Detroit Pistons have made toughness an organizational staple for years. After losing their way recently, it looks as if 2013 will serve as a much needed return to roots. A 113-102 opening night victory over the Washington Wizards which featured 44 rebounds and plenty of attitude proved that fact to be true.
After a thunderous introduction rocked the house, the Pistons proved...
Final Score: Washington Wizards – 102, Detroit Pistons – 113 In the opening game of the season for both teams, the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards pretty handily. The game never really got out of hand at any point, but the Pistons appeared to be in the drivers seat for most of the time. ...The post Pistons Top The Wizards To Win Season Opener appeared first on The League News.