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Grizzlies vs. Knicks Game Notes: Revenge Edition

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Marc Gasol was unchained, the Barnes/Fisher thing was mostly (Pulp) fiction, and the Grizzlies got an Inglourious win against the New York Knicks by (hateful) eight.

Looked dead, didn’t I? Well, I wasn’t, but it wasn’t for lack of trying I can tell you that. Actually, Silver’s ruling got me suspended for two games and a fine of $64,000. But when I got out, I went on what the movie advertisements referred to as a roaring rampage of revenge. I roared and I rampaged and I got bloody satisfaction. I’ve stomped a whole lot of snakes to get to this point. But I only have one more. The last one, the one I’m driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am going to…(creepy old style movie music swells)

Kill Derek Fisher.

Seemed like what we were to expect from this game tonight, right? Matt Barnes, the aggressive and troubled forward for the Memphis Grizzlies had a chance to be on the court with his off the court rival, coach of the New York Knicks Derek Fisher. This is the first meeting of the two opponent’s teams following a domestic squabble of some sort, which ended in a police report and a disciplinary action for Barnes. And what else could happen besides a roaring rampage of revenge that may end in a Ron Artest-level riot that would end the NBA as we know it and hasten on the horseman of the apocalypse.

S/O Andrew Millen

Turns out violence is not always the answer. Sometimes having your All Star center come to life is the best retaliation.

S/O Andrew Millen

For now.

S/O Andrew Millen

Let’s let Quinton Tarantino’s films be our guide for the retelling of this epic performance of our Memphis Grizzlies.

Here’s what happened.

First Quarter

(Actually, I was having dinner with my family during the first quarter of the game. I could see the game from the dinner table, but I couldn’t take notes or anything. So instead of going back and trying to find the game, I’m going to discuss something of interest to me. Oh…and if you don’t like it…you can always skip ahead to more Tarantino references. Or read while listening to Zamfir. Whichever)

I’m still trying to put my thoughts together on this one. So this may be more therapy than a polemic. A few people have expressed this same thought here and there and on social media. The problem that I have is this: How do you deal with a possibly bad guy on a team that you love? This incident between Derek Fisher has cemented most Grizzlies followers into two camps. On one side is the Matt Barnes is an absolute dirt bag and my fandom of the Grizzlies now feels soiled and wrong. This is an understandable reaction, not just in this situation but in other sports as well.

This summer, Patrick Kane, a prominent hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks, was arrested and charged with an allegation of rape. This caused much wringing of hands amongst hockey fandom, especially an ever expanding female audience on social media and in the blog-o-sphere. Most of the trouble centered on the team’s and the league’s lack of response about the situation. Some left their own fandom behind. One former writer has made her hockey fandom available for sale each week, with the proceeds going to charity. Others have vowed to stay, even though they are mistrusting of any decision that the league makes now.

The situation above saddens me, like the Matt Barnes thing does as well. Assault is a serious allegation, and it appears that something nefarious happened between these two men. Which leads into the other camp: the he wit’ us now camp. I feel this side too, mostly for stuff that happens on the court or what a guys says or whatever. But to me this stops at types of domestic violence and lends to the fact that someone who traffics in this behavior may just be a bad guy. And what are we supposed to do with that now?

Our teams are our teams because they wear the white hat. We teach our kids to be fans of these teams. Barkley said that athletes are not role models, and that’s true…but watch how a kid watches sports. It’s almost natural. SO what are we teaching then.

Like I said, there’s not a real answer here, as I’m still working through this. Saying all that to say, I never want my actions to condone someone’s less than stellar behavior, even if it was just a personal matter.

Second Quarter

9:00- Alright…let’s actually get into this game. So Porzingis and Jeff Green have stolen the spotlight in this one so far, like Christoph Waltz stealing the spotlight in both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.

8:20- Rob Fisher interview with Spencer Heyward. He was and is still the man. YouTube him.

7:32- I have no idea who any of the Knicks who are in the game right now are. Like not a clue.

6:04- Derek Fisher looks ridiculous in that all black suit, like he’s a funeral director that just wants you to buy the Diamond Plus package for an extra two grand. Hope that suit doesn’t match his eye later.

5:54- Kinda want to go out and buy an Elliot Williams Sounds jersey. Better hurry…

5:05- So that’s what happened to Derrick Williams. I thought that guy was for real coming out of Arizona, but I also thought Porzingis had Darko written all over him. Shows you why I stay far away from draft coverage here.

2:35- Boy…this Knicks team is not half bad. Lots of scrappy guys. I like it. I can see the season goingwell  until a certain Mr. Blonde (Melo) probably ruins it.

1:51- ZBo owns Porzingis with a fade away again. Look homie…ZBo’s got 15 years of experience over you. Porzingis means "Silly Caucasian girl who likes to play with Samurai swords." Too bad this is America and our names don’t mean anything.

End of the second quarter: C Lee hits a jumper at the buzzer to bring the Grizz within two. Not a bad first half. Could use some more defense and a few less turnovers. This game had my curiosity, but now it has my attention.

Third Quarter

10:53- I like what Mario Chalmers brings to the Grizzlies, especially with his movement when he doesn’t have the ball. This may have been written here to foreshadow some big goings on later in the game. Just know I was right.

10:06- Side Show Bob uses every post move he has in his arsenal, and his shot is easily blocked into the second row by Marc.

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Real talk…which Lopez brother sucks more?

8:11- Marc is starting to heat up. Gasol jumper followed by some excellent defense on Porzingus, which leads to a TA assist on a Chalmers three. Just beautiful. Somebody get that man a Royale with cheese.

7:15- Another block on SSB by Marc. Someone is starting to steal the show here and take over this movie…err game. I’m trying to find a comp for my with my favorite Tarantino character for Marc’s performance so far. Let’s see if I can rank them…

1) Max Cherry (Robert Forrester in Jackie Brown)- I am in the minority here, but Jackie Brown is my favorite QT movie. For one, Pam Grier is the bomb and a half. For two, it is the most complete story that Tarantino tells in under three hours. And three, Max Cherry is one of the few genuinely good characters in any of the films. Even till the end when he can’t fulfill his romantic destiny, he remains the best of characters.

2) Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds)- Besides Melanie Laurant, some catchy quips, and some trippy situations, Waltz’s portrayal of an obsessed Nazi officer is the shining moment. He is on the opposite end of the moral continuum with Max Cherry. The scene with him and Laurant where he orders her strudel is breathtaking

3) Jules Winnfield (Sam Jackson in Pulp Fiction)- Sometimes I like to think Jules is still out there roaming the earth, misquoting scripture, and still looking for a good burger.

4) The Bride (Uma Thurman in Kill Bill)- QT’s best work with its most put together character. The scene at the beginning of part two was the last scene shot, and she was totally and completely a bad ass by then.

5) Winston Wolf (Harvey Kitel in Pulp Fiction)- The Wolf fixes things…enough said

Marc is nearing the Bride level now.

6:19- Marc is cooking Mr. Porzingis now, but the Knick rookie answers back. How do you get to Carnegie Hall??? Practice.

4:55-I bet the back of Derek Fisher’s head looks like the back of Marcellus Wallace’s head sans the band aid. And what does Marcellus Wallace not look like?

1:58- Courtney Lee for three brings the Grizz to a shortlived lead.

End of the Third Quarter- Tied at 73. The Grizz are being quite energetic and playing well still, despite too many turnovers. Let’s not have a Winston Wolf moment just yet…fourth quarters have been killer.

Fourth Quarter

10:25- The Hateful Eight? Haven’t seen it yet…because I have a toddler and haven’t been to the theater to see a movie in two years, sans going to see Birdman in an art house on a school trip last year. This Knicks roster should be called the Unknown Eight plus Porzingis.

9:53- Marc is totally elevating his game. He’s at Jules level and moving on up.

8:36- Tonight has been Marc’s 9th 30 point game. Now there’s the All-Star we have been waiting for.

8:12- The Knicks can’t stop Marc. So something called a Kyle O’Quin whacks Marc right across the face for a flagrant foul. Maybe our tale of revenge is Marc taking out his half a season of frustrations out on them, instead of the Barnes/Fisher thing. He deserves his revenge, and we deserve to die.

7:37- Jeff Green with the poke followed by a TA slam. The Grizzlies are rolling right now. Maybe the benching the other night got a message across to ole Jefe.

6:39- Elliot Williams for three!!!! Big shot from a guy who has been really solid tonight.

5:15- My toddler comes in at this point and we have the following conversation:

Toddler: Hey Dad!

Me: Yes son…

Toddler: Hey Dad!

Me: Yes son…

Toddler: Can we have some…Mommy said that we could have some…Can we have some….

Me: …

Toddler: Can we have some…uh…uh…ass cream?

Me: Ass cream???

Toddler, now wide eyed: YES!

Me: You mean ICE cream.

Toddler: YES!!!!!!

So the rest of my notes about this game are sparse and covered in Haagen Dass. Let’s wrap this sucker up.

4:04- Mario Chalmers for three. Told ya he’d have a big game.

3:20- Rio for three again. That’s a bingo!

3:08- Matt Barnes arrives tonight with a flagrant foul. For all the hype in this one, Barnes does the things he usually does: gritty plays and making guys guard him because he can shoot.

2:26- Touchdown TA on the looooooong outlet pass from Mario Chalmers. Someone should get that Rio a foot massage. You know…as long as it’s ok with his old lady. Don’t need anyone getting hung off a balcony for that one.

2:00- Sasha Vuacic for three. Dude, I thought that guy was deader than Marvin

1:51- Whoa! Gasol alley to Green oop...

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon the…

I mean seriously….whoa

That’s what I like to hear. But I got a word of warning for all you would-be warriors. When you join my command, you take on debit. A debit you owe me personally. Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin’.

:25- Matt Barnes gets first two points of this game. I don’t think this is what people had in mind for this one. Two points and nine rebounds though was the kind of quiet night that a guy like Barnes needed. Plus getting fined today probably sucked too.

End of Game- Grizz win 103-95. Not a revenge night, but a masterpiece by Marc Gasol.

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Maybe this is the beginning of a comeback for the All-Star Marc Gasol that we saw last season. He wiped the floor with Porzingis, who only managed six points in the second half and one in the fourth quarter.

See y’all on MLK Day.