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Grizzlies give Spurs a late scare

Grizzlies give Spurs a late scare

San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies for the seventh straight time Tuesday night, escaping the FedExForum with a 110-108 overtime victory that could have been measured in inches.

While the Spurs have been beating the Grizz with regularity, this latest confrontation was in doubt right up to the time Mike Conley's three-point attempt from 29 feet bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

Conley played big in a game in which Memphis erased a 16-point deficit, including a 10-point hole entering the fourth quarter. Conley led the Grizzlies with 30 points, 11 coming down the stretch in the final frame. His last-play drive to the basket yielded a game-tying bucket that sent the game into overtime.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Sub-par guard play sends Tigers back to drawing board

Sub-par guard play sends Tigers back to drawing board

Remember at the beginning of the basketball season when many analysts were saying that Memphis had one of the top, if not the best, backcourts in all of college basketball?

With four senior guards – Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson, and Michael Dixon Jr. – it was easy to see why many people might have thought that.

But being projected as the best and playing like the best can be two totally different things. The best guard quartet isn't usually associated with 14-for-49 shooting in a game. That's what Memphis' guards did Saturday (Jan. 4) in their game against Cincinnati's Bearcats.

 

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No. 1 U-Conn thumps Tigers

No. 1 U-Conn thumps Tigers

The University of Memphis Tigers got a first-hand view of big-time women's basketball going up against the top-ranked Huskies of Connecticut and absorbing a 90-49 thumping at the FedExForum on Saturday.

Memphis battled for a short while, up by three with six minutes elapsed. Then UConn switched into another gear and proved why this year's team is No. 1 and is building – once again – on a championship pedigree.

The Huskies – now sporting a 15-0 record – held the Tigers without a basket for 9 minutes and 8 seconds during one stretch of the second half.

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ESPN columnist: Why the n-word was 2013’s ‘Sports Person of the Year’

ESPN columnist: Why the n-word was 2013’s ‘Sports Person of the Year’

Jemele Hill, an ESPN columnist and co-host of ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie," said that while Time magazine uses its Person of the Year award to recognize impact, she wouldn't use "Sports Person of the Year" to recognize high performers such as Serena Williams or Peyton Manning. Instead, she would nominate the n-word for 2013's most impactful performer, Hill said during a recent appearance on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters: Parting Shot."

"My 'Sports Person of the Year' wouldn't be a person at all, but a word that is both reviled and revered," she said. "In 2013 sports took on the n-word."

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Grizzlies dig hole; Bulls pin them in

Grizzlies dig hole; Bulls pin them in

Two 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.

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Titans end losing season with a victory and uncertainty

Titans end losing season with a victory and uncertainty

Despite 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.

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Grizz flash signs of old in win over Nuggets

Grizz flash signs of old in win over Nuggets

Grizz 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.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

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