I don't have time for much of a preview today, but I wanted to get you all the game info, injury updates, and my general feelings from last night.
Recently for the Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies seem intent on torturing me through the remainder of the season. If you just looked at the box score from last night's win over the Nuggets, you might be asking me, "what in God's name is your problem?"
Yes, it's true that the Grizzlies lead by 10 at halftime and completed the victory with an 11-pt lead. It's also true that Memphis out-shot Denver from the field and from the free throw line. The Grizzlies also out-rebounded their opponents by 20 boards.
But... but... you just had to have watched the game. It was insanely frustrating. (Side bar: don't go back and watch it if you haven't seen it. Meditate or take a walk instead.) Since last night, I've come to accept my plight as a fan. The Grizzlies are content to 'get by' the month of March in what appears to be a reservation of energy and perhaps machismo. And if that's what they believe gets us to the promised land, then that's fine. I'll live. I'll thrive. I have no choice but to grind.
It's just frustrating that, as a blogger, I don't have the opportunity to coast through a month and wake back up in mid-April. (I have no desire to do so, but as game-day yawns keep piling up, it leaves me yearning for more inspiration on some days.) Every bit of this means something to me and most other fans - even if it shouldn't. I have a lot of pride in this team, and it's just unfulfilling to see them pat-a-cake to a win over a very shorthanded team that they could have beaten by 40 points.
Nevertheless, the Grizzlies are 47-20, currently able to give Mike Conley some rest, and still maintain a 2-game lead for the 2nd seed in the West. I'll just shut up and stop complaining now.
Recently for the Detroit Pistons
The Pistons aren't very good. They aren't very good to the tune of 10 consecutive losses, and have only eclipsed 100 points in two of those 10 losses. Now toss in the fact that they'll be without their best player, a guy who typically gives Memphis some trouble, and we have a very similar recipe for the same unrisen soufflé we were served last night.
What to expect tonight
- All signs point to Mike Conley resting again, so expect to see Beno scooting around and dropping midrange delights.
- With Greg Monroe sitting, there should be a nice opening for Zach Randolph to feast on the undersized Anthony Tolliver.
- The Grizzlies could very well sleepwalk through this one again when you consider the competition. It'd be fantastic if someone for Memphis could catch fire and make life easier for everyone else involved. I'm looking at Courtney Lee and maybe even possibly kind of Vince Carter.
- Tayshaun Prince is probably going to throw one down on the Grizzlies, and when he does I will clap for him from my living room. I might even draw him a picture tonight.
|2015 NBA Season
47-20 (21-13 road)
23-43 (12-21 home)
|March 17th, 2015
|The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, MI
|Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN
|Beno Udrih||PG||Reggie Jackson|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|Zach Randolph||PF||Anthony Tolliver|
|Marc Gasol||C||Andre Drummond|
|2015 Advanced Stats|
|94.3 (26th)||Pace||95.6 (T-20th)|
|103.2 (T-13th)||OffEff||101.1 (T-19th)|
|99.9 (T-3rd)||DefEff||104.1 (20th)|
MIKE CONLEY - Right Ankle Sprain. Questionable
ANDRE DRUMMOND - Concussion. Probable
TAYSHAUN PRINCE - Hip pointer. Probable
BRANDON JENNINGS - Ruptured Achilles. Out.