Last night, your Memphis Grizzlies took care of business with a demonstrative victory over the bottom-feeding Phoenix Suns, running away with the W off a scoring tear that started at the end of the third quarter and didn't relent until the final buzzer. The final tally: Grizzlies 130, Suns 112. The Grizzlies’ record is now 36-25, good for 6th in the West, but now just 1.5 games back of the 4-seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
2017 All-Star Marc Gasol finished with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists; while shoulda-been-2017 All-Star Mike Conley notched 29 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds. So how exactly did Phoenix supporters take the loss? By looking to the future and openly bemoaning the present, of course. Poor kids.
Guard Brandon Knight’s full demotion out of the Phoenix Suns’ rotation is making Eric Bledsoe feel some type of way.
Eric Bledsoe said some things about Brandon Knight’s lack of playing time. https://t.co/LpcAGBNV9i— #WeArePHX (@BrightSideSun) February 28, 2017
VINSANITY IS OUT. The Suns fan squad loves the former Half-Man, Half-Amazing being baited into an early ejection by second-year Prodigal Sun Devin Booker:
I love Booker clapping while he watches the replay of him baiting Carter into throwing that elbow.— Justin (@SoSaysJ) March 1, 2017
Terrified Suns fans determining that, yes, size does matter (Randolph would finish with 23 points and 8 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action):
Zach Randolph and Brandan Wright just a tad bigger than Sauce and Duds— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) March 1, 2017
Even though the game’s fairly close, Valley of the Suns obviously doesn't feel like dwelling in the present:
Suns Twitter hyping its youth because, again, it has nothing else:
A generous helping of Suns fan pragmatism:
This will be the last time we ever compare those two... ever lmao https://t.co/n984Otf4p5— Officially #TankSZN (@SunsPlanet) March 1, 2017
SB Nation joins FanSided in daydreaming about the future:
Oh boy, cannot wait until the offseason. This team needs the draft and free agency. Good season to see the youngins improve though!— #WeArePHX (@BrightSideSun) March 1, 2017
MORE SARCASTIC SUNS FAN PRAGMATISM:
Alan Williams is only 2 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists away from a triple double. #WeArePHX— Mike Lisboa (@MikeLisboa) March 1, 2017
Can't tell if I'm not seeing it because I’m just blinded by my affiliation with GBB, or if this habitual line stepping is just fake news from Valley of the Suns.
Am I the last person to notice that Mike Conley steps over the line on his FTs for a violation that is never called? Everytime!— Valley of the Suns (@ValleyoftheSuns) March 1, 2017
Okay honestly I forgot that Vince was a Sun. To be fair, I’m pretty sure he did too:
Congrats Vince Carter on finally having an impact on the Suns. Unfortunately that impact was to side of Booker's head and not as a player— Greg Esposito (@Espo) March 1, 2017
This sums things up quite nicely.
Tweet could have been sent anytime in the last 49 years. https://t.co/GOxCfjbIfE— The Solar Panel ☀️ (@SunsSolarPanel) March 1, 2017