Belief deserves to be rewarded.
The Memphis Grizzlies fan base, who over the course of six seasons has sworn by the gospel of Grit and Grind, sat and watched a team that was at one point down 24 points storm back to force overtime and somehow defeat the Golden State Warriors. In the wee hours of the morning, their belief still existed, no matter how small or forced or tested, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds as Memphis chipped away at the Golden State lead. The mighty machine of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green...surely there was no way the Memphis Grizzlies could get the job done.
And yet, once again, they found a way. In a game where Golden State was the focus of many, Memphis was the story.
On the shoulders of Tony Allen, who played a team high 48 minutes. On the broken freaking back of Mike Conley, whose 27 points and 12 assists paced the effort. On the super Z-Bo effort of Zach Randolph, who turned back the clock to the tune of 27 points and 11 rebounds and his brother from another mother Marc Gasol’s 23 points. The “Core Four” (with help from new friends like Troy Daniels, who closed the game and hit clutch shots himself during the run) reminded us all of what we already knew, but sometimes lose sight of-
This is a team with remarkable character. With an indomitable will. And with a spirit that any fan anywhere would be proud of. They are still flawed, and problems do not magically go away with one win. But it is a shining example of what this group is capable of.
The city of Memphis has yet another chapter to add to their love story with their Grizzlies. Enjoy this assem of players while you can. Games like these, and moments like this, are worthy of remembrance.