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Week-side Help: Week 4 - Big Game Hunting

Recapping a week where Memphis notched two impressive victories against playoff teams

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Week 4 Results

Memphis Grizzlies 101 (5-4) @ Golden State Warriors 117 Recap | Box Score

Denver Nuggets 87 @ Memphis Grizzlies 89 (6-4) Recap | Box Score

Philadelphia 76ers 106 @ Memphis Grizzlies 112 OT (7-4) Recap | Box Score

Week 4 Storylines

-Memphis claims two impressive scalps, beating the Nuggets and Sixers en route to a 2-1 week

-Dillon Brooks suffered a knee injury after a rough fall in the victory against Philadelphia, the team announced. He will undergo an MRI Monday to further determine the extent of the injury.

-Required Reading: GBB’s Justin Lewis with a succinct analysis of where Chandler Parsons can fit in the rotation when he returns, a tough task for a player who had trouble fitting in before. | GBB’s Nathan Chester envisions Mike Conley’s comeback season and makes the case that Conley’s artistry isn’t over yet

Week 4 Thoughts

-*Rips keyboard out of my laptop and hands it to you* HERE, YOU try to figure out if the Grizzlies or not. Because they are currently in approximately their 38th straight year of having impressive wins and totally deflating losses in the same week. A devastating loss to Phoenix followed by a loss to Golden State, expected, but embarrassing the way they dominated the second half. Both of those games just to build up to holding one of the best offenses in the league to 87 points in a close, but impressive victory over Denver.

-I don’t know what to predict of this team. None of their past performance is any indication of how they’ll perform in the future or on any given night. The coaches change, the players (mostly) change, but Memphis can’t help itself but to cancel out every ugly loss with a great win and vice versa. The Grizzlies are an NFL team.

-It feels like a very special type of hell not reserved for the worst of sinners, but maybe like the people that go to hell on a technicality. Not quite eternal damnation, but eternal annoyance.

-The Golden State loss was fine. Despite their early-season success against the Warriors the last couple of years, this was to be expected. Even AFTER the great first half where Memphis actually held the lead. But Golden State’s miraculous third quarters are what propelled them to championship after championship. Oh well.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

-Seriously though, one of the best takeaways from the Denver win was Memphis completely controlling over the pace of the game. Both the Nuggets and the Grizzlies play at a glacial pace, (28th and 30th in the league in pace, respectively) but the Grizzlies were in control of the game from the second quarter on against the much better offensive team. This is a win that goes up on the refrigerator.

-Maybe the 76ers were a little too excited from the Jimmy Butler trade before the game, but they definitely should have won the game on Saturday night.

-Philadelphia was undermanned as well following the trade. Naturally, they can’t use the players they traded and Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton still need to pass their 76ers physical. This disadvantage showed itself as the game crawled towards the final minutes of regulation and overtime.

-Philly shot better from the field and had the slightest rebounding edge, but turnovers gave Memphis the chance to hang around and come back for the win.

-Memphis is 5-0 at home and in first place in the division. Feels like a scam, but okay.

-The City Edition uniforms admittedly do look better on the court than the pictures released when they were revealed. They’re still bad, though.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Memphis Grizzlies
Mike Conley obscures his face as to not be seen in these uniforms. Understandable.
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 Schedule and Preview

Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies Mon. Nov. 12th, 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT

Memphis Grizzlies @ Milwaukee Bucks Weds. Nov. 14th, 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT

Sacramento Kings @ Memphis Grizzlies Fri. Nov. 16th, 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT

Memphis Grizzlies @ Minnesota Timberwolves Sun. Nov. 18th, 3:30 PM ET/2:30 PM CT

Yes, Utah. Let’s do this again. If you insist.

The Jazz lost both of their home games in the season series against the Grizzlies. Are we due for an extreme performance to swing the results to something more balanced? Yes. Is it still funny to make fun of the Jazz for getting thumped by an average-at-best team that had the second worst record in the league last season? 1,000 times yes.

But get your jokes out right before tip-off, because the schedule does not let up.

The Bucks look like world-beaters fresh off a week where they not only beat the Golden State Warriors, they ran them off their home court 134-111. Heading into this week, they sport a top-four offensive AND defensive rating in the league this season and have been terrifying. Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing at a MVP-caliber level and Khris Middleton continued his scorching hot finish to the playoffs with an impressive start this season: shooting 45.7% from three on a career-high 7.7 attempts a game.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Despite my jokes last time we met the Kings, they’re actually turning out to be a good team(?) Okay, maybe not good good, but a lot better than they have been the last few years, which is a guaranteed win for most teams. Right now, the Kings are an average team. Memphis can’t shoot under 40% like they did in the last match-up and expect an easy victory. But it’s Memphis, they are never easy victories.

And finally, the most dramatic team in the world are no longer. The Timberwolves finally ended the Jimmy Butler scenario, which loses points for not having a cool nickname like “Dwightmare”, but I digress. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are probably going to play like All-Stars in the immediate aftermath of the departure of their playground bully a toxic situation. Minnesota was 3-7 with Butler (1-2 without him before the trade), and its hard to tell if that record is indicative of the actual talent on this team.

Tom Thibodeau is embattled to say the least, but this team has great pieces without Butler, and they are likely hoping that addition of Robert Covington and Dario Saric will breathe new life into the team. The ending of this national nightmare means that Jimmy Butler’s Ewing Theory Test goes into effect immediately.

Have a good week, Memphis.

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