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Grizzlies December schedule will make or break us

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JB should've sat Gasol for 5 games as soon as Noah got into the rotation.    This hobbled version of Gasol has done more harm than good.     Now that both he and Conley are hobbling and we already blew 5 games.   Its gonna be more difficult of JB to sit either of them.    

This team was always going to go as far as a HEALTHY Mike and Marc could take them..... unfortunately we should've known better.    

May as well rest those two the rest of the month and maybe JB will learn to run plays for other players. 

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What happen to us? We don't even look like the team from two weeks ago. This blazers game made me so mad tonight. 

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A lot, if not all of our wins, were games that could’ve easily been losses. They were all so close. We’re just experiencing the flip side now. Hopefully it’s not worse and the reality of being a .500 team or less, is quickly becoming evident. Teams can scout what we’re doing now, our top guys are hobbled, and our defense has to work overtime to win games for us. From now till the trade deadline will definitely be interesting.

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Regressing back to the norm. Gasol doesn't have the skill set or mentality to be the main guy on a winning team. Conley is a great point guard who is being asked to score first, that is not his game (or not the best attribute he brings to the team). They are in need of a dynamic wing scorer and somebody to hold Gasol accountable to show up every night. Z-Bo could hold Gasol accountable, but he isn't the scorer they need. I agree with the poster earlier that stated that the need for a scorer is obvious, but they may have locked themselves out of being able to get that scorer because of Chancun. 

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On 12/3/2018 at 4:47 PM, srmjr23 said:

The next 10 games are filled with some of the best teams in the NBA.  Between now and December 20th, we play the following teams:

Clippers - Pelicans - Lakers - Nuggets - Trail Blazers - Rockets - Warriors - Trail Blazers.

The only two 'easy' games we play between now and the 20th are against the Heat, who we should beat, and a scrappy Sacramento team we've had trouble with twice already. There are a handful of other teams in December that are probably should win games, but for the most part it's a murderers row of the NBA. Given that the Grizzlies are currently 5th and only have a 3 game lead over the 14th spot in the West, this set of games will be crucial and, in my opinion, will  determine whether or not the Grizzlies make the playoffs. 

This will be the test of the season and the kind of adversity that can define a team, good or bad. If we want to build a winning culture and walk the Grit - N - Grind walk, it starts now. Every team in the NBA deals with adversity. It's how they handle it that reveals their character. 

edit: words

 

 

On 12/3/2018 at 8:57 PM, BigHunkALove said:

Clippers is winnable but tough.

Pelicans could be a bad matchup because our strengths in the front court will be negated by their front court rotation.

Lakers is winnable if LeBron is in team player/facilitator mode. If he aims to go iso 50 point game, it may be tough.

Nuggets are tough in mile high land but not unbeatable 

Trailblazers I think we have the advantage over them playing to our strength (Marc, Jaren)

Rockets depends on how many times the refs wanna send Harden and Faul to the line

Warriors - hopefully KD and Draymond get into another big blue on court, or Green gets a double T complaining about the refs

Trailblazers again as before unless Lillard decides he dont wanna be shamed, and Marc goes passive after the previous matchup.

All in all,  maybe 3-4 wins but getting whitewashed is possible

 

Good stuff op. Good Reply BIG 

Anybody predict our wins losses for December ? That would be cool to look at .

Also the rook is handling the bear poo outta adversity ... His fouls have started to normalize WHILE he keeps his energy level and focus up. All of the fancy tricks he can / does on Offense - that's icing !

We beat Lebron in his house IN A VERY good game .

We put the whole forum half to sleep last night with the Cavs...'

The Cs ... well Kyrie, Tatum, Hayward, Smart  - winnable game ... IF we play our game and not get sucked into watching Kyrie run cone drills - I think is winnable.

The Nuggets may present a problem ... they seem like they are focused and expecting wins. 

Blazers - Dame or Lillard has got to go ... been together forever - good chemistry and all that BUT - no signature wins come to mind...

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When you are 0 for January, it is definitely an indicator that in the battle between December and the Grizzlies, the Grizzlies got broken by December.

 

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Hopefully we beat NO tonight. 

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3 hours ago, grizzgolf said:

Hopefully we beat NO tonight. 

 

Lemme get a shot at those 'hopes' ! 

mmmphh ... Got any of those 'dreams ' too? 

- current Memphis Grizzlies

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This team is no more.  It has ceased to be.  We are a collection of parts now.  But such was the nature of the Parsons signing.  It was either going to usher us into a new iteration of playoff-caliber Grizzlies, or it was going to destroy us.  We thought we were turning over a new leaf with a new coach and a new attitude. Instead, it was a millstone being hung around the Grizz's necks. 

Time to wipe the slate clean.  JJJ is the only untouchable at this point.  He is our brightest hope for the future.  We can't pretend that any combination of talent we currently have around him is a real building block.  We have to coldly look at everyone else as an asset.  That's why they should let Parsons sit and spin until his expiring can be traded.

And this means, a truly clean slate.  JJJ should be the only face we recognize on the court or in the F.O. going into draft night this year.  That's what a franchise with courage would do, to admit that the book has been written on what this collection of folks can do. You don't put new wine into old wineskins. 

He should represent us in the lottery ceremony.  He should be in the draft war room. He should be valet parking season ticket holders.  He should be everywhere.

There are no more drastic measures, no more desperate heaves left at our disposal. We have fired every arrow in our quiver, and have come up short.  Time to accept the truth.  This era of the Grizzlies is truly over.  This is what happens when you ride an old paint past his prime.  You get the final, last gasp, and then the end.  Many of us around here knew that the time to transform this roster was several years ago.  With each year, it got more obvious, and it meant it would take a bigger splash to get us where we needed to be, until it was insurmountable, and there was nothing left to do but to watch this organization sell us like carnival barkers, trying to convince us that what was behind the curtain was worth seeing. 

We can call it Grit-n-Grind, but in a more basic sense, this has been the Mike Conley era.  His slow rise, then "best never to be an all-star" years, and now, being ridden into the ground.  His tenure has been echoed in the team.  We never would have done what we did without Zach and TA, but Conley was always the glue.  He was the high draft pick we stubbornly refused to leave behind, who eventually emerged into the player he became.

All good things come to an end.  The sooner we start spinning the cocoon, the sooner the butterfly can emerge.

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That game made me angry last night. We still have zero scoring punch 

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On 12/24/2018 at 1:16 AM, 10SC-2-TOKYO said:

we’re still breathing .

who’s got next?

line em up

All life support attempts have failed.  You can call it.  January 7th.  Expired.

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December schedule hurt us  take a look at January schedule it will KILL us

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9 hours ago, MemphisX said:

All life support attempts have failed.  You can call it.  January 7th.  Expired.

good job I see your over the 10.000 post mark

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