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GameThread: Grizzlies vs. Pacers

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Today the Grizzlies and Pacers play at noon in the annual Martin Luther King Day game. Let's talk it out! You know you don't have anything better to do at noon on a Monday.

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The last time these two teams played each other, things didn’t go well for the Grizzlies, who lost 88-83 in Indianapolis on New Year's Eve.

The Pacers have the #1 defensive rating in the league with a 98.8 — the Grizzlies are #2 with a 99.7 — and they’re 29th out of 30 in offensive rating, while the Grizzlies are 18th.

I talk a lot about "uglyball" around these parts — those good ol’ Mike Fratello type games where the scores are in the 70s and 80s and the pace of the game slows way down[1]. This is going to be another one of those games. It’s how both of these teams thrive: getting down in the dirt and rolling around.

The questions:

  • Did the Grizzlies manage to turn things around winning over the Bulls?
  • Are we going to see a more aggressive Marc Gasol against the Pacers, ignited by his offensive successes against Chicago?
  • Is the David West / Zach Randolph battle down low going to be more fun to watch than videos of huge explosions on YouTube?
  • Will I ever run out of rhetorical questions to ask about basketball games?

Let’s talk it out!


  1. The Grizzlies are 28th out of 30 in pace (88.9) and the Pacers are 27th (89.6). Sloooooooow.