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Grizzlies dig hole; Bulls pin them in

mikecon 600Two hard-nosed teams with tough defensive outlooks met at FedExForum for a pre-New Year's Eve game. For the Chicago Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies, winning is built on a hone-in-on defense foundation.

Similar stats aside, it was the Bulls' defense that prevailed and their offense that propelled Chicago past Memphis (91-95) on Monday night (Dec. 30).

The Grizzlies (13-17) wanted a year-end win going into 2014. Chicago (12-17) was trying to bounce back after suffering a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Titans end losing season with a victory and uncertainty

titanstexans 600Despite another disappointing season with a losing record and not making the playoffs in the Mike Munchak-era, the Tennessee Titans (7-9) still played with a purpose during its last game of year.

"Yeah, I think today was a good day for us just to go out there and enjoy playing the game of football," said Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tennessee, which finished two games out of the final spot in the AFC playoffs, made it a point to finish strong, playing hard for the fans and displaying home-field pride in a 16-10 win over the Houston Texans.

Grizz flash signs of old in win over Nuggets

grizzdever 600Grizz fans have started to see a positive change in a team that has been struggling to restore its defensive identity while battling injuries.

Points in the paint, out-rebounding opposing teams and playing defense down the stretch.

Sound familiar?

Well, it certainly looks familiar. Especially to those who attended or tuned into Saturday's game (Dec. 28) as the Grizzlies rallied after halftime to hand the Denver Nuggets their sixth straight loss (120-99) in FedExForum. Memphis reached the 120-point mark for the first time this season.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Memphis too much for ‘other’ Tigers

tigersjsu 600Kicking someone when they are down isn't exactly a valiant character trait.

Yet, competitive sports sometimes require that killer instinct. Putting your foot on your opponent's figurative throat and putting them out of misery is a necessary quality for all good teams.

Now, this scenario doesn't play out in every game, but when top teams play teams from the minor conferences and divisions it often does. So when Memphis took on the Jackson State Tigers last Saturday (Dec. 28), it appeared that a blowout was on the horizon. Memphis is ranked #15 in the country and JSU is a 4-7 team from the SWAC.

Memphis racks back-to-back wins amid injuries

zboshot 600The Memphis Grizzlies appear to be finding their way back to doing what they do best – beating odds and winning games.

The Grizzlies racked back-to-back wins for the second time this season by topping the Utah Jazz 104-94 on Monday night (Dec. 24) at FedExForum.

After enduring five straight losses, the Grizzlies had just defeated the New York Knicks 95-87 on Saturday (Dec. 21) with power forward Zach Randolph leading the way. He finished the contest with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Tony Allen followed with 19 points. The Grizz outrebounded the Knicks 56-29 and improved to 11-15 on the season and 6-5 on the road.

 

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Tigers tame Memphis-powered Redhawks

joered 600The city of Memphis has proved to be fertile recruiting ground throughout the years and the University of Memphis usually has its basketball star of choice. But, there are only 12 roster spots.

And it seems Southeast Missouri State University and coach Dicky Nutt have established a pipeline to pull some of the excess talent out of the city. Case in point: five of the 12 players on Southeast Missouri are from the Memphis area and four of those are in the starting lineup for the Redhawks.

Now, it has already been established that it would be impossible for the Tigers to sign every recruit that comes out of the city, but that doesn't stop those players from feeling a little slighted. And when those that got overlooked return home to the Bluff City, they often use that added motivation to produce some stellar games.

Kobe’s down and out – again!

tonykobe 600On Dec. 10, Kobe Bryant posted this on his Twitter page:

"My goodness it feels good to be back and playing! Easy to take it all for granted.. GOD I LOVE playing this game. #blessed

On Thursday (Dec. 19), he was back with this Tweet:
#BrokenNotBeaten

Tigers lose but play well against Florida’s Gators

tigerfl 600Under pressure.

The expectations of the True Blue Nation are always high. When Memphis comes into a season with a top five recruiting class, the fans are just that more enamored.

Yet to the outside world, the Tigers haven't been relevant on the national stage for years. It seems that every year the early buzz fizzles with a quickness.

That probably hurts some feelings, but the truth always does. Winning C-USA championships didn't really carry much weight, and why should it when Memphis followed them up with early exits from the "big dance."