It’s going to be shocking to most of you, but believe it or not it Grizzlies fans become more confident in the team’s direction after winning massive basketball games!
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, which came out to be voted on Monday after arguably the best week for Grizzlies basketball on the floor in years, a full 100 percent of responding Grizzlies fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 88 percent last week...as well it should be.
The Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors in the Play-In Tournament and won Game One over the Utah Jazz all in the week since our last SB Nation Reacts poll results. Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, and the entire Memphis crew have changed the trajectory of this rebuild once again - not only is it ahead of schedule, but it is complete. There still may be some major roster moves ahead, but the time of not expecting postseason basketball is over after just two seasons. That is very impressive - and worthy of confidence about how this team is trending in the right direction.
With the first-round of the playoffs underway, the most noticeable difference in the games has been the addition of nearly full crowds. Memphis will get to fully enjoy this reality this weekend, but even in the Play-In First Round against the Spurs the energy in FedExForum was noticeably different. SB Nation Reacts voters agree. More than 50 percent of fans around the country said the inclusion of fans has significantly improved the viewing experience, only 16 percent said it hasn’t improved the experience at all.
Having fans in attendance provides at least the semblance of a home-court advantage. The energy, the enthusiasm, the in-game experience - it just resonates more when you are actually in attendance. Given how influential the Grindhouse has been to the growth and development of the Memphis Grizzlies franchise over the last decade or so, it is logical to wonder what this Memphis season would have looked like with more of Grizz Nation in FedExForum. Would it have made a difference?
Yes, per our voters. More than two-thirds of Grizzlies fans believe Memphis would have finished the regular season with a better record had fans been in attendance all season long. And I tend to agree with them - it seems highly unlikely that the Grizzlies would have been an 18-18 home team if fans were in the building. Especially for a young team, the energy of the crowd would have willed them to at least an additional home victory or two.
With the rest of fans around the country watching at home, there is no shortage of great opening round series to enjoy. The ratings back that up for the most part - especially for the Play-In Tournament. The Grizzlies surprised all of the NBA with their victory in game 1 - did that lead to more votes in a poll about which series will be most entertaining?
In a word? No.
The New York Knicks series against the Atlanta Hawks is the next most popular choice, with 21 percent of the vote. Seven percent of fans picked the Grizzlies series against the Utah Jazz. The small market curse strikes again!
Similarly, 26 percent of fans believe the Suns best display the characteristics of a successful team. Only five percent picked the Grizzlies, which...isn’t too surprising. Let’s be honest, how many casual/semi-die hard NBA fans even knew who Dillon Brooks was before last Sunday’s win? Probably not too many. You have to know a team’s roster/story to know they are a great model for a successful team.
Winning helps too, of course. And in fairness the Grizzlies, while they did more of that this season, didn’t do it as often as the top-five on this list.
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