Analysis: Can The Grizz Survive Without Mike Conley?

The Grizzlies can handle Mike Conley in street clothes for Game 4 vs. the Blazers. But not against the league best Golden State Warriors in the West Semis. Photo courtesy of Warren Roseborough. Hearts sunk when the point guard went down in Game 2 in the Portland series. Even though he landed awkwardly on his ankle on a drive to the basket, he still miraculously got the shot to fall...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Grizzlies, Bulls wary even with big leads in playoffs

The Grizzlies and Bulls head into their games on Monday night in complete control of their respective series, needing just one more victory to advance to the next round. What's the worst things can happen? Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs completed a sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but lost Kevin Love to an injury and may be without J.R. Smith when their second round...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's the "worst" player on each team in the NBA playoffs

TSFJ decided to call out the "worst" players on each of the teams in the NBA playoffs. Why? Because shame is overrated. The post Here’s The “Worst” Player On Each Team In The NBA Playoffs appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Scored 30-Points & Posterized A Defender Last Night

Photo: NBDLShortly after being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, former Louisville star Russ Smith was sent to Memphis’ NBDL affiliate, the Iowa Energy. It didn’t take Smith very long at all to get acclimate with his new team. Since joining the Energy just a little over a week ago, Smith has been playing well. He finished with 30-points in a win on Tuesday and posterized a defender...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Memphis Grizzlies Recall Russ Smith From The D-League

Photo: NBDLJust two days after officially being traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Memphis Grizzlies, former Louisville star Russ Smith has been called back up to the big league. The Grizzlies acquired Smith and forward Jeff Green as part of a three-team trade with the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics. Just three days before the trade, New Orleans assigned Smith to...
Via The Cardinal Connect
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans: Quincy Pondexter Trade Grade

(December 17, 2012 – Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America) New Orleans Pelicans: Quincy Pondexter Trade Grade By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content Pelicans Trade: Austin Rivers, Russ Smith Pelicans Receive: Quincy Pondexter, 2nd round pick In November of 2013 I wrote an article grading the extension the Grizzlies gave Pondexter and I really liked the move. Pondexter...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Expected To Be Traded To The Memphis Grizzlies

Photo: Nick Laham – GettyFormer Louisville star Russ Smith will reportedly be a part of one of the most confusing NBA trades in recent years. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Smith is part of a three team trade that will send him from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Memphis Grizzlies. Trade talks between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Boston Celtics began late...
Via The Cardinal Connect
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Green To Grizzlies Trade Finalized

A Jeff Green trade that was first reported as being close to completion on Friday has finally been fully agreed upon. The Memphis Grizzlies will acquire Jeff Green from the Boston Celtics, along with Russ Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. TayShaun Prince, Austin Rivers and a future first round pick from the Grizzlies will go to the Celtics. Quincy Pondexter will be traded to the...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Details Of Celtics, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Clippers Deal Involving Jeff Green

The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers are nearing completion on a four-team trade involving Jeff Green. Green will be dealt to the Grizzlies from the Celtics, along with Russ Smith from the Pelicans. The Celtics will receive TayShaun Prince, Austin Rivers and a first round pick from the Grizzlies. Rivers will likely be traded to the...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis Trolled Louisville And Russ Smith On Instagram, Smith Responded With Picture Of His Rings

Anthony Davis and Russ Smith may be teammates on the New Orleans Pelicans now, but the Kentucky-Louisville animosity never goes away. Davis posted a photo on Instagram from his Kentucky playing days, when he blocked a Smith shot. Of course, Smith was an incredibly accomplished player in his own right, and wasn’t about to take that lying down, so he responded with a picture of his...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans call up Smith from Fort Wayne

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled rookie point guard Russ Smith from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. The roster move, announced Saturday, comes a day after the release of point guard Gal Mekel. The club says Smith will be in New Orleans and available for Saturday night's game against Portland. Smith, a former Louisville standout, was...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Rejoins The New Orleans Pelicans From The D-League

Photo: Nick Laham – Getty After a very brief stint in the NBA Redevelopment League, former Louisville star Russ Smith has rejoined the New Orleans Pelicans. Last week Smith was sent to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League. He appeared in just two games, 14.5 points and 3.0 steals in 25-minuters per game. Smith has appeared in just three regular season games games for New Orleans...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans recall Smith from NBA Development League

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled rookie point guard Russ Smith from assignment in the NBA Development League. The 6-foot Smith, whose recall to New Orleans was announced Monday evening, has played in two games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 14.5 points and three steals per contest. Fort Wayne won both games in which Smith played. Smith has appeared...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans Assign Russ Smith To D-League

The New Orleans Pelicans have assigned Russ Smith to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Smith, 6-0, 185, has appeared in three games for New Orleans, averaging 0.3 rebounds per game. Smith appeared in six preseason contests for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points, 1.2 assists and 0.8 rebounds. Drafted out of the University of Louisville by Philadelphia with the...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Surprise! It’s the New Orleans Pelicans!

The Pelicans look to become this year’s version of the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns. Last August, most analysts and casual fans alike were not under the belief that the Phoenix Suns would amount to much during the season. A majority could probably not name their starting lineup, let alone tell who was on their bench. But suddenly, Phoenix was ablaze of more than just Suns as the team...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Anderson buys rookies pink Disney backpacks

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson welcomed a few of his new teammates with gifts. Instead of new shoes or socks, he pranked rookies Russ Smith and Patric Young with pink Disney backpacks.  "I'm kind of in a mode where I just like to spice it up a little bit," Anderson told The Times-Picayune. "People need to just not be so serious all the time. Be serious on the court...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Russ Smith Speaks At The New Orleans Pelicans Media Day

Photo: Getty Images The New Orleans Pelicans had their annual media day earlier this week where each member of the team spoke with the media. Below is former Louisville star Russ Smith’s interview with the New Orleans media members. Russ and the Pelicans have their first exhibition game on Friday evening and will be playing at the KFC Yum! Center against the Miami Heat.
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

How Will Russ Smith Spend His First NBA Paycheck?

Photo: Nick Laham – Getty There a lot of differences between being a college basketball player and a professional basketball player. The biggest difference is the fact that you’re now being paid to play the game. In the NBA, basketball is your full time job and you’re greatly compensated for it. Former Louisville star Russ Smith is one of sixty players drafted into the NBA...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans: Strongest and Weakest Moves of the Offseason

New Orleans Pelicans: Strongest and Weakest Moves of the Offseason By Trot Tauscher: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff… Moves Made Traded for Omer Asik Signed Patric Young Let Anthony Morrow and Jason Smith Walk Traded for Russ Smith on draft night Strongest: Trading for Omer Asik Asik provides an elite rebounding and defensive presence alongside Anthony Davis, which gives the Pelicans...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Named To The NBA All Summer League Second Team

Photo | With just one more game left in the annual NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the NBA released the “All Summer League” teams on Sunday evening. After averaging 16-points, five rebounds and 6.4 assists in five games, former Cardinal Russ Smith was named to the second team. His 6.4 points per game led the entire league. Samsung NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player:...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith’s NBA Contract Details Revealed

Jamie Rhodes | USA Today Sports Just a week after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 47th overall pick, Rick Pitino confirmed that Russ Smith had signed a guaranteed contract. Considering all of Smith’s collegiate accolades it wouldn’t be fair to say that the guaranteed contract was a surprise, however most players that are taken late in the second round don...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith’s Stellar Play Continues: He Leads The Summer League In Assists Per Game

Photo | New Orleans Advocate You don’t need me to tell you that the NBA summer league isn’t nearly as competitive as the 82-game regular season with legitimate rosters full of veterans. With that said, those who’ve doubted Russ Smith’s ability to play at the next level are starting to look more foolish each day. Smith had his best performance of the summer league on Monday...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: New Orleans Pelicans extend two-year offer to Patric Young

With the New Orleans Pelicans only having one draft selection in this year’s NBA Draft, Russ Smith. The Pelicans summer league roster is filled with veterans and undrafted rookies. One of those rookies has made an impact already and that is former Florida Gator big man Patric Young. So far in the Las Vegas Summer League, Young is averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Scores 20 & Dishes Game Winning Assist In Summer League Debut

Former Louisville super star Russ Smith made his professional debut with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday evening in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. After somewhat of a sluggish start, Smith did exactly what you would expect of him. The former Card provided instant offense and was able to lead his team to a come from behind victory, including a game winning assist. Smith was...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Russ Smith Previews The NBA Summer League

Photo | New Orleans Pelicans Russ Smith arrived in New Orleans earlier this week to meet with the media and discuss being a member of the Pelicans. Smith expressed his excitement about joining the team and how he could make an impact. During Rick Pitino’s press conference earlier today, he broke the news that Smith has signed a guaranteed contract with New Orleans. The financial...
Via The Cardinal Connect
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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