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With 27 games left in the regular season, I wanted to introduce a fun game to spark some friendly competition between GBB members. Something extra to get you pumped for the upcoming Grizzlies game. For those games when Tony Allen is properlly medicated. For when Jerryd Bayless decides to pad those FGA stats. For when Marc Gasol gets a haircut. For when all the excited just disappears in a cloud of Nick Young corner threes. For those times, we will now have "Grind Prophecies."
Grind Prophecies is a simple prediction game. The premise are simple: 4 predictions a night, points assigned for correct answers. For each game day of the remiander of the season we will have an open thread, and while you can post your thoughts and frustrations about the team in each day's open thread, now you can also post your predictions about the game. Then after the game, I will give out points to those who made the best predictions - keeping a tally of points as the season comes to a close and crowning a glorious winner at the end!
It's fun, free and for everyone! Here's more details about the predictions you will be making:
1. Game score - "Everyone thinks they're so smart, til they get hit in the mouth." - Nelson Mandela
Predicting the score correctlly could seal a victory for you. Make sure you signify in your comment who you think the victor will be. However, if it's the opposing team, prepared to be properly ridiculed. (3 points per game for a spot-on pick, 1 point for the closest)
2. Grindmaster - "What can I say? I'm just better than everyone." - JeMarcus Russell
Basically, that's the player who you think will have the best game that day. And since this is a Grizz site, we'll only be giving points for Memphis players. Points will be awarded for a maximum of two players per night, and if one player has a ridiculously good game then he would be awarded all points. No points are awarded in blowout losses, but let's hope it doesn't come to that. (3 points for MVP, 1 point for fellow star)
3. Dealer's Choice - "Who dat!?" - Hernando DeSoto
Each game I will have a game specific prediction for you. For instance, playing the Raptors I may ask you to correctly predict the number of missed shots Rudy Gay will have. Against the Lakers I may ask how many technical fouls will be assessed. Get the picture? See below for tonight's Mavericks pick (it's Tony Allen-OJ Mayo related). (3 point for correctly answering the Dealer's Choice question, if all incorrect, 1 point for the closest without going over)
4. User's Choice - "Fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on." - Kanye West
This is where it gets really fun! Everyone gets to make one more pick where they can predict something else that will happen during the game. Do you feel in your gut that Gasol will knock down four 3-pointers - and it will be in the second quarter? Make that pick. If it happens - you look like a genius and get a point - maybe three as that would be a really good pick. The more detailed and imaginative you get, the more points you get, but also the less likely it is to happen.
That's about it. Remember, this is for anyone and everyone, so don't be shy about playing, and feel free to be bold with your predictions. If you are a lurker who hasn't signed up for the site yet, then now's the time to get in on the action! Tonight's game will be unofficial so everyone can get acquainted to the game. Feel free to jump in any time. You don't have to have been playing from the first game to enjoy the wonderful magic of this game. With that I give you...Grind Prophecies.
3. OJ Mayo points while Tony Allen is his primary defender
4. User's Choice
*I have asked Keith G. Edwards to show you how it's done below.
**Quotes in this piece may or may not be correctly attributed.