The Grizzlies don't get many shots at exposure to the national audience, in fact today was their only game on TNT or ESPN this season.
Playing against the Phoenix Suns, who have been off to a hot start this season but are quickly fading, the Grizzlies are going to force the NBA to start scheduling them a little more often. The Suns and the Grizzlies played a thrilling shoot-out tonight for the NBA's MLK marathon, and the Grizzlies didn't fail to impress -- besides wearing the atrocious alternate uniforms.
Rudy Gay, in particular, smiled for the camera, lighting up a mix of Grant Hill, Jason Richardson, and Jared Dudley for 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Zach Randolph got his usual also, dropping 27 and 11 boards for his requisite double-double. And O.J. Mayo was hot too, pouring in 28 points with 5-11 from deep.
The Suns, obviously, scored well too. Steve Nash paced them with his 12 dimes and 22 points, though he had slippery hands, losing 6 turnovers. Amare Stoudamire's impact was limited, but Robin Lopez stepped up with a big 19 points and 3 blocks in the starting lineup. Strangely enough Channing Frye barely saw the court and, despite losing, the Suns might want to keep Robin starting if he's going to play like this.
The Grizz's hot scoring almost wasn't enough, they were up by 11 and quickly saw their lead cut to 3 by the Suns tough defense late in the game. But Marc Gasol played Z-Bo and hit clutch free-throws to keep them in the lead at the buzzer.
More on this game later, it's a busy day after moving just a couple days ago, but for now just keep waving that blue flag.