The Price of Success: The Greatness of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies

The Price of Success: The Greatness of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies

Let’s say Memphis makes dramatic changes, let’s say they reload around Gasol and Conley, demote or trade Randolph and Allen, and become a homogenous, pace-and-space think tank — What will that prove? That the Grit-N-Grind-era was unsuccessful? That Memphis shouldn’t be proud of what they’ve accomplished the past five years…

Trail Blazers in search of silver linings

Trail Blazers in search of silver linings

Stotts can reload around Lillard, McCollum and Meyers Leonard. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope Matthews and Portland come to acceptable terms, and that by 2016 Matthews is back to full strength. Portland is out of the West playoffs without Aldridge, that’s without question…

McCollum seals Portland comeback

McCollum seals Portland comeback

C.J. McCollum netted seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 10-point deficit to remain alive in the NBA playoffs with a 99-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in game four of Western Conference first round action…

NBA Player Power Rankings | 1/25/15

NBA Player Power Rankings | 1/25/15

He logged two straight double-double performances in a win against Philadelphia (111-76) and a loss to Oklahoma City (105-103) and fell just short of a third straight in a 25-point, nine-assist showing in a loss to Portland (103-96)…

NBA Player Power Rankings | 1/19/15

NBA Player Power Rankings | 1/19/15

His best game came against the Clippers, when he nearly recorded a triple-double after posting 32 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the 126-121 victory at the Staples Center…

Road Less Traveled: Sacramento survives West-heavy opening schedule

Road Less Traveled: Sacramento survives West-heavy opening schedule

In 2014, DeMarcus Cousins very neatly fits into this desirable narrative: an ultra-talented lottery pick with obvious question marks (namely: his overall attitude) is drafted to a perennial loser that has longed for a player of his abilities; after several disappointing seasons stuck in the lottery, Cousins (and teammate Rudy Gay) are selected to Team USA to “learn how to win” from Coach K; and Boogie and Rudy bring the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey back with them to Sacramento, and the team is suddenly a force to be reckoned with in the grueling Western Conference.

Enter at your own risk: NBA stats this early can be dangerous

Enter at your own risk: NBA stats this early can be dangerous

Look, San Antonio played three good teams (Mavs, Suns, Hawks) in single digit games, winning two of them, before resting significant players against the Rockets and being blown to smithereens. It’s been a tough four games, their pacing is off (just 95.68) and shooting has been below-average…

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