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Game Preview: Grizzlies look to outshine the LeBron-less Cavaliers in Memphis

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2014/15 NBA Preseason
vs
2013/14:
50-32 (27-14 home)
2013/14:
33-49 (14-27 road)
October 22, 2015
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM CDT
ESPN/ 92.9 FM ESPN
Possible Starters
Mike Conley PG Kyrie Irving
Courtney Lee SG Dion Waiters
Tony Allen
SF Not LeBron (Shawn Marion)
Zach Randolph PF Kevin Love
Marc Gasol C Anderson Varejao
2013/14 Advanced Stats
92.2 (30th) Pace 95.7 (T-17th)
103.3 (T-16th) OEff 101.3 (23rd)
102.1 (T-7th) DEff 104.8 (T-17th)

Cavaliers vs Grizzlies coverage

Opponent's Blog: Fear the Sword

Know Your Opponent

If you're an NBA fan, or a sports fan in general, it's hard to miss what the Cavaliers did this offseason.  The Cavaliers fired their coach and hired David Blatt, won the draft lottery, drafted Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James came home to Cleveland after winning two titles in Miami, the Cavaliers flipped Wiggins and some loose-leaf notebook paper for Kevin Love, and much like Miami, Cleveland was able to get veterans chasing titles in Mike Miller and Shawn Marion.

Cleveland was pretty bad last year, but now Dion Waiters is talking about being the best backcourt in the league and James and Love, Esquires, promise to be the best forward tandem around.  The Cavaliers look to be a very different team and a contender in the Eastern Conference with the star power they bring to the table.

Points of Grizzly Emphasis

Wing Things

The Grizzlies continue to sort out the wing rotation.  With B-Easy leaving to be big in China and Luke Hancock now free to join a harmonious Nashville trio, the Grizzlies' wing rotation seems to be back to the usual suspects: Tony Allen, Vince Carter, Courtney Lee, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince.  Each has had their moments this preseason, though Tayshaun taking a DNP-CD vs. Flamengo was a sight for sore eyes.  (Hey, Coach Joerger, our starting lineup was over +40 without Tay - never mind the opponent!)  Jordan Adams has also looked good at times though the numbers haven't been there in the preseason, and Earl Clark has been solid but seems unlikely to make an impact for the Grizzlies this year.  This is likely to be unresolved until the regular season rolls around (and maybe not even then).

Continuity

The Grizzlies' "Core Four" (TA, Marc, Mike, ZBo) are going into their fifth season together, and have established themselves as the core of the franchise.  That continuity should help this unit know how to play together while other teams are still trying to figure it out.  As long as that doesn't lead to complacency, that's a very good thing - and after last year's abominable start, there should be ample motivation to avoid that.

Why you should watch this game

It's on ESPN! Even though LeBron has said he's sitting tonight's game, you were watching for the Grizzlies anyway, right?  RIGHT?!?!?!?