What a great day. Everyone is sloth. Exhausted from a four-day weekend jam-packed full of wavering emotions. Praying you win your bracket pool, all the while cheering for Florida Gulf Coast to pull off a spectacular Cinderella win. We can all come down off our college basketball highs and spend the evening relaxing in front of the NBA's quality talent. Because let's be real, while the stories are terrific and the energy is intense, March is truly the month of NCAA players playing OUT OF THEIR MINDS. The differential between the regular season play and the NCAA tournament, THAT is the madness.
So to recap this past week, we have two new leaders in Grind Prophecies. Axel Rowlings and u2nspencerfan have taken the lead with 15 points each but are not out of reach for other contenders. With four games left to play in the month, this one should come down to the wire.
To recap this weekends games, Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless were the Grindmasters of the Hornets and Celtics games, respectively. JJudah almost swept the Hornets games but failed to select Conley as the Grindmaster. Big props, nonetheless. The Leader Board has been updated.
Ryan's Talking Points
- Playing against high-pace, transition teams, like the Wizards, in the past month has produced high turnover games for the Grizzlies. In this weekend's game against the Boston Celtics, Memphis only had eight turnovers. If we can protect the ball after Washington turnovers tonight, we should handle business.
- Like every game without Marc Gasol, the question remains: will our offense have flow? Gasol's high-post distribution is well noted, but throughout the season, without him on the floor, pick-and-rolls seem stagnant and ISO's to Zach Randolph seem more frequent. Can Darrell Arthur keep the ball moving, and can he knock down the top of the key mid-range jumper?