Posts Tagged ‘Memphis Grizzlies’

DeMarcus Cousins versus elbows and a chair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I suppose there are two ways to look at what DeMarcus Cousins got into last night. On the one hand, Cousins has a history of expressing his temper in the wrong ways and drawing technical fouls, so it’s nice he showed he wasn’t thrilled while avoiding picking up a T. But on the other hand, maybe you don’t want to show your discontent by kicking a chair…

(BTW, watch the face of the woman just behind the bench. Such a perfect reaction.)

Then, a few minutes later, Memphis forward Zach Randolph squared off against Cousins, and accidentally caught him with not one but two elbows…

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But the best news for Cousins? The Kings hung on for a 102-90 win.

Memphis Grizzlies release postseason hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With All-Star behind us, the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. And while many people expected the Memphis Grizzlies to be a playoff team this year, not many picked them to have the Western Conference’s second-best team this late in the season, at 41-14. While the Grizz have had postseason success in previous years, they’ve yet to advance past the Conference Finals. So this season, as the video below shows, the Grizz will be “chasing greater”…


VIDEO: Chasing Greater

Marc Gasol changes the game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol grew up between Barcelona and Memphis, where his older brother Pau was playing basketball. And while Marc also gravitated toward basketball, during last night’s Memphis/Orlando game, Marc briefly switched from NBA to La Liga with a few header attempts. He missed, but in many ways, he definitely made it.


VIDEO: Gasol Soccer

Top Plays Spotlight: Ravenous Hawks

Western Conference supremacy? Tell that to the Atlanta Hawks right now, who have won nine straight games against the West, including a stretch through Houston, Dallas, Portland and L.A. (Clippers).

If there was a mystery as to why they are playing so well over the past six weeks, last night’s performance against the Memphis Grizzlies was illuminating. Jeff Teague balled for 25 points and a late-game closeout performance. Kyle Korver sealed matters with a trey in the final minute.

But it was their defense that shined the most. Simple plain harassment. By the time the final buzzer sounded, “Da Hawks” plucked the Grizzlies 17 times, the most ever in Philips Arena. Putting it into more context, over the past six games, the Hawks have forced 111 turnovers. That’s 18.5 a night. The Philadelphia 76ers cough up the pill a league-worst 19.2 times a night.

Last night, we saw a principled defensive bunch pester its way to another win.


VIDEO: Hawks fly everywhere vs. Memphis, set franchise home record with 17 steals

Grizzlies surprise team intern with new car

NBA.com Staff Reports

There’s a reason why they call the Holiday Season the most wonderful time of the year.

The Memphis Grizzlies, in the giving spirit, chipped in as a team and surprised one of their interns with a brand new car after his was stolen.

Watch the touching moment below:

Andre Iguodala shakes it off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two nights ago during the big Grizzlies/Warriors game, the Warriors got upset late in the game when Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley appeared to take three steps on a lay-up. Walking was not called on the play, and after lobbying a referee in vain for a call, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala walked away and broke into a dance step to demonstrate how he felt Conley managed to get open. (This was when the refs finally made a call — a technical foul on Iguodala.) The Grizzlies got the win, but a few days later, with the help of a Taylor Swift soundtrack and some editing from @CJZero, Iguodala just has to shake it off…

(via TNLP)

Mike Conley spills fan’s drink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the Memphis Grizzlies engineered a come-from-behind overtime win, beating the 76ers 120-115 behind 36 points from point guard Mike Conley. But apparently it wasn’t enough for Conley to only dominate the Sixers on the floor — with an errant (or well-placed, I suppose, depending) pass in the third quarter, he also managed to perfectly upend a front-row patron’s drink. Head’s up!

Tony Allen’s turnover celebration is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen is something of a spiritual leader for the Grizzlies — the guy who spawned the “Grit N Grind” identity the Grizzlies have so fully embraced. Part of that leadership means that Allen occasionally lets loose a bit on the court, like whenever the Grizzlies force a turnover, Allen gives a football-style “first down” sign to signal the change of possession. But last night against the Dallas Mavericks, Allen broke out a variation on the first down sign, adding some popping and locking to the move…

After the game, Allen tweeted out an explanation…

Nobody makes a call like Joey Crawford

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJoey Crawford has been an NBA referee since 1977, which means he’s probably forgotten more about the NBA than most of us know. It also means he’s had plenty of time to develop a few signature moves when making a call. Take last night, for instance, during the Kings/Grizzlies game, when Crawford whistled an offensive foul against Zach Randolph and went into a full-on dance step…

(via B/R)

Anderson Varejao is a dancing machine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During an important moment in last night’s San Antonio/Cleveland games, the Spurs needed to inbound the ball along the sideline. In order to try and disrupt the pass, the Cavs had seven-footer Anderson Varejao defend the passer, Kawhi Leonard. And in order to make the pass as tough as possible, Varejao was very awkwardly active. Which meant he did this…

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Later, just to make sure the moment was commemorated perfectly, “Inside Stuff” host Kristen Ledlow took to Twitter to suggest someone put Varejao’s moves to music. After we discussed a few options — I knew Ledlow would initially gravitate toward Grizzlies fan Justin Timberlake — a Twitter user came up with what just may be the perfect soundtrack to Varejao’s funky moves. Thank you, internet…

(gif via r/NBA)