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Grizz Track

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Published in News

Now that the Grizzlies have clinched a playoff spot, some have put an end to a hairy act of solidarity. Playoff beard updates

Now that the Grizzlies have clinched a playoff spot, some have put an end to a hairy act of solidarity. The team and associates grew beards and vowed not to cut them until they knew a playoff bid was assured.

 Grizzlies on the sidelines
Tony Allen and his Grizz teammates become Grizz fans on the sidelines. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

So right after Memphis defeated Sacramento 101-96 and secured the eighth spot last Friday, NBA veteran and normally clean shaven Shane Batter had shorn his frilly beard into a thick handle bar mustache.

O.J. Mayo said he was not shaving and would carry on the act throughout the post season. Mike Conley was still undecided as he looked around at his teammates smiling. Leon Powe said he’s thinking about keeping his because he’s been getting a lot of compliments.

Powe’s locker room neighbor, Tony Allen, laughed and joked that Powe was trying to make a fashion statement.

Asked his intentions, Allen said loud and proud, “The grind don’t stop!”  He’s keeping his beard and will probably go without a haircut.

Fan appreciation

The FedExForum was on fire Sunday (April 10).  It was Fan Appreciation Night. The regular season ended at home and the team went out with a bang.

The Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Hornets 111-89 in front of 17,041 fans and the win left Hornets Guard Chris Paul scoreless for the first time in his career.

Before the game, Grizzlies majority owner Michael Heisley addressed the crowd acknowledging Fan Appreciation Night and the Grizzlies continued the praise with a tradition of presenting random fans with the jerseys off their backs.

The Grizzlies finished with 30 home victories.

“It was nice to do what we did as far as winning at home,” said head coach Lionel Hollins.  “The fan energy tonight was incredible.  The excitement that is in the building and revving up for the playoffs is great.  We appreciate that.  In order to be a decent team, you have to take care (of business) at home and we did that.”

Yea Rudy!

Injured Grizz Star Rudy Gay received applause and a standing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the overhead screen.

Last reason season game tidbits

Shooting guard O.J. Mayo was the leading scorer, netting 18 points.

Rookie Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 13 points and made every shot that he put up. In fact, every active player scored.

Hornets star guard Chris Paul went scoreless for the first time in his career.
“I just couldn’t make anything,” he said. “There’s a first time for everything. It’s funny.  I think two years ago when we played Memphis I think I scored two points. It is what it is. I had some good looks tonight, they just didn’t go in.”

– Compiled by Kelley Evans

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