Evil Jim Halpert - Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
After much anticipation, initial excitement, a quick climax and disappointing, tear-filled conclusion , the Grizzlies' West Coast trip resembled high school bedrooms across the country. Good thing they pulled out a win over Minnesota.
Can you believe there are only 16 games left in the 2012-13 NBA season. I remember like it was yesterday getting pumped for a full season of Randolph and
Gay Gasol together. Memphis got off to a blazing start, settled down, surged again, now here we are: staring our own destiny right in the face. I am very proud of what the Grizzlies have accomplished so far this year, but I have to believe the best is yet to come.
After nine official Grind Prophecies games, one man, who has seen his fair share of good fortune lately, has emerged from the pack. That man is Chris Faulkner. After starting the competition with a strong 4-point showing in the Heat game and then back-to-back 3-point games, CFaulk, as he is known on my personal score pad, has given himself a 2-point cushion atop the standings. However the monthly title is not far out of reach. Several competitors, all tied at 10 points, have positioned themselves to take the throne with one strong night of predictions. Hoeks25, GritandGrind, u2nspencerfan and even tconst and AxelRowlings (both with 9 points) could easily take home the title and the coveted Tony Allen jersey.
Please check out the updated Grind Prophecies March Leader Board to see where you rank among the clairvoyant members of Grizzly Bear Blues.
A very special thanks to Keith G. Edwards and Kevin Lipe for filling in for me while I was on vacation. If any of you members used your "User's Pick" to predict that I would return with a sun-burnt, peeling face resembling 1990's Two-Face, you nailed it. Below are the marks for the games I missed.
1. 87-80 (Cprince01 was closest only off by 1)
2. Zach Randolph
3. Bench points differential was Denver +12 (GWDavis correctly predicted)
1. 90-84 (the unforgiv & tconst were closest)
2. Jerryd Bayless
3. 30 Minutes between Tony Allen and Tony Wroten (UpUpandJHey correctly predicted)
1. 92-77 (GritandGrind was closest)
2. Michael Conley Jr.
3. 8 assists between Rubio and Conley (all members were over, no points awarded)
And finally, the categories for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After a poor shooting night against the Nuggets last night, I fully expect a solid performance from Durant & Co., even on the back-to-back.