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Reeling Grizzlies go down to Lakers

tonykobe 600It was another almost-doesn't-count finish on Tuesday night (Dec. 17) at the FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 96-92.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the reeling Grizzlies.

Entering the contest, the two teams had similar records (Grizzlies 10-13, Lakers 11-13) and plenty of injuries. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley (thigh), All-Star center Marc Gasol (knee) and forward Quincy Pondexter (foot). The Lakers were missing point guards Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring).

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Too little, too late as Grizz fall to Timberwolves

grizz9 600The locker room was more quiet than usual on Sunday night (Dec. 15). Players were dressing and packing their post-game gear to leave the FedExForum.

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley sat in his area, with a small machine connected to his left thigh. The device pushes electricity through the muscles to help with swelling, something Conley needed after taking a hit to the thigh and leaving the game with 3:54 left to play.

Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points but it wasn't enough to lead the team to a win as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed Memphis 101-93.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Grizz end home stand with loss to thunder

IMG-Mike-fouled-600There is no fool's paradise in the Bluff City. Grizz fans have come to the realization that the team is in a slump. They still show up hoping for a win, but are prepared for a loss.

Memphis ended a season-long, six-game home stand just like it started – with a loss. On Wednesday night (Dec. 11), the Oklahoma City Thunder came into FedExForum on the second night of a back-to-back and defeated the Grizzlies 116-110. Many of the reported 16,345 fans in attendance left in the fourth quarter.

"It's not enjoyable what is going on out there, said Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger. "Losing by two or 22, losing at home, we take a great deal of pride in playing at home. It hurts."

Tigers put disappointing season to rest

tigers38 600With their season at an end, the University of Memphis Tigers hosted the Highland Hundred banquet this past Sunday (Dec. 8). Outgoing seniors and outstanding players were honored at the event.

Senior running back Brandon Hayes was awarded the DeAngelo Williams MVP award. Hayes tallied 860 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving with seven touchdowns, which also helped him win the Isaac Bruce Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

Anthony Brown won the John Bramlett Defensive Player of the Year for recording 52 tackles (four for a loss) and 1.5 sacks. Brown is a junior college transfer and has totaled 86 tackles in his two seasons at Memphis.

Hobbling Grizzlies hold off Magic at home

zach 600All hands were on deck on a cold Monday night at FedExForum. Every Memphis Grizzlies player not injured put in playing time. And all of this fresh off of yet another player having joined the injured list.

With that painful backdrop and home-losing woes to contend with, the Grizzlies persevered, racking up a much-needed 95-84 win against the 6-16 Orlando Magic.

Before the game, the Grizzlies announced that Quincy Pondexter is out indefinitely with a tarsal navicular stress fracture in his right foot. Pondexter sustained the injury on Saturday (Dec. 7) as Memphis fell to the Golden State Warriors 108-82. He went down in the first half and did not return. Pondexter was in the starting lineup that night, replacing Tony Allen, who was out with a right hip contusion.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Sports-eye view


IMG--Geron-Johnson-2036 600As a photojournalist with a particular eye for sports, capturing images of the University of Memphis Tigers and the Memphis Grizzlies is a thrill a minute regardless of the competition or the outcome.

IMG Chris_1928IMG Curry_2144IMG Shaq_1846IMG tough_nigh_t2226IMG Zach_2251IMG _KI__Dunk_2055On Saturday afternoon at the FedExForum, the Tigers continued their roll after rocking the fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The U of M raced paced Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La.) 96-76.

On Saturday evening, the walking-wounded Grizzlies were thumped 108-82 by Golden State's Warriors at the FedExForum.

Second-half meltdown by Grizz lifts Clippers to win

IMG-Mike-1607 600For Memphis Grizzlies players, joining the sick and shut in does not come as a surprise. Tony Allen and Ed Davis have now been added to the injury list.

After recently losing center Marc Gasol (left MCL sprain) and Zach Randolph (toe injury), Allen missed Thursday's home game (Dec. 5) against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hip contusion. In the second quarter of the match-up, Davis left with a left ankle sprain and did not return.

The Grizzlies fell to the Clippers 101-81 in front of a crowd of 15,112. But it wasn't a lack of effort or energy that caused the loss. At least Randolph doesn't think so.

 

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Memphis ends home-losing streak

IMG-ED-Davis-600Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was back in his normal space – mind and body – on Tuesday (Dec. 2). He didn't have to carry the weight of the team.

"I thought Mike Conley didn't look as tired as he normally does because we put our bodies on people and got him open," said Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger.

"Then he can make plays. He's dropping it off. He got 14 assists. I can imagine a lot of those are to our bigs when they're rolling to the basket or punching it underneath the backboard."

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original