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  1. Report: Grizzlies trade Darrell Arthur to Nuggets for Kosta Koufos

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

    Kosta Koufos

    One of the reasons (and there were several) that the Nuggets cited when parting ways with head coach George Karl was the fact that they were upset that Karl stubbornly started Kosta Koufos over a player who needed development in JaVale McGee. That won’t be a problem for new coach Brian Shaw, since Denver has…

  2. Report: Grizzlies go the expected route, promote Dave Joerger to head coach

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Dave Joerger

    Memphis built a roster that went all the way to the Western Conference Finals based on consistency and growth — they kept their core together (save for Rudy Gay) and built with those guys improving and growing together. Which is why letting Lionel Hollins walk as a coach is a risk — he and his…

  3. Grizzlies don’t renew Lionel Hollins’ contract

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    UPDATE 10:16 pm: The Grizzlies have made this official with a statement from the team. “After a thorough internal process, which included conversations with Lionel and his representatives, we decided as an organization to move in a different direction,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement. “On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would…

  4. Roy Hibbert curses, slips in “no homo” comment in post game interviews

    Jun 2, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    On the court in Game 6, Roy Hibbert did just about everything right, which is why there will be a Game 7. Off the court in his post-game interviews, Hibbert did a whole lot wrong. Hibbert both dropped a curse word — then said he didn’t care if he got fined — and followed it…

  5. Tim Duncan reminds you he is very good at basketball (VIDEO)

    May 28, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan isn’t an ageless wonder, it’s just that his age doesn’t seem to show. Facing the best front line in the NBA this season — Memphis’ Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph — he was at the heart of the Spurs’ sweep of the Grizzlies. We’ve marveled over the years as players such as Michael…

  6. In impressive sweep, Spurs lay out path for future Grizzlies success

    May 28, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    That was impressive, San Antonio. A sweep was just not something anyone saw coming (even those of us who picked the Spurs in the series). Tony Parker was again playing like the guy everyone wanted to put in the MVP conversation mid-season. All series long he would turn the corner off the pick and do…

  7. Preview: What Memphis has to do to extend its season

    May 27, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Unfortunately Memphis, we know how this movie is going to end. No team in NBA history has ever come back from 3-0 down in a best-of-seven series and the Grizzlies just do not have the firepower to change that trend. But that doesn’t mean the season has to end Monday night. Memphis has taken the…

  8. Tony Parker, Spurs penetration is puzzle Grizzlies can’t solve

    May 26, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Mike Conley tried. Tony Allen had some success, particularly late in the game, but even he was not consistent. Jerryd Bayless and everyone else that tried pretty much got torched. For the third game in a row, Tony Parker’s quickness off the dribble was the thing Memphis really had no answer for, and his penetration…

  9. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  10. Preview: Did Grizzlies figure out Spurs or will Game 3 be more of the same?

    May 25, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker drives to the net past Grizzlies' Dooling during the second quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in San Antonio

    There have been seven quarters — 84 minutes — of the Western Conference Finals where the Spurs have looked much the better team. But the last 17 minutes — the fourth quarter and overtime, Memphis erased a 16-point deficit, pushed the game into overtime and made this start to look like the close series we…

  11. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  12. Spurs need overtime in Game 2 to beat Grizzlies, take a 2-0 series lead

    May 22, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Spurs looked every bit as dominant through three quarters of Game 2 against the Grizzlies as they did in completing a rout of their opponent in the first game of the series. Memphis couldn’t score, Tony Parker was carving up the Grizzlies’ defense on the way to a career-high 18 assists, and San Antonio…

  13. Spurs/Grizzlies preview: Game 2 will be closer, but will that be enough for Memphis?

    May 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Game 2 is not going to look like Game 1. Memphis is not going to get its doors blown off from the opening tip as happened in their Game 1 loss. You can expect better pick and roll defense out of Memphis. You can also expect better ball movement and more Zach Randolph. You can…

  14. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  15. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  16. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  17. Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri not happy with Andre Iguodala’s All-Defensive team snub

    May 14, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala drives past Golden State Warriors' Curry during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Andre Iguodala said politics were to blame for his being left off both the first and second All-Defensive teams this year. The reigning Executive of the Year, Nuggets VP of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, took it a step further. From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post: “It’s mind-boggling to me,” Ujiri said in a statement…

  18. Andre Iguodala complains of politics in All-Defensive team choices, but Larry Sanders should have the biggest gripe

    May 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Andre Iguodala didn’t make the NBA’s All-Defensive first or second team, and shortly after voting was released, he tweeted: https://twitter.com/andre/status/334123189863079937 It’s easy to see why Iguodala would expect to make an All-Defensive team. Iguodala finished ahead of one first-team guard (Chris Paul) and both second-team guards (Avery Bradley and Mike Conley) in Defensive Player of…

  19. Grizzlies come from 17 down, take 3-1 series lead with Game 4 overtime win over Thunder

    May 14, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Thunder were going to need otherworldly performances out of Kevin Durant in every game they planned on winning against the Grizzlies in this series. And even then, there was no guarantee that victory would be theirs, considering the fact that they’d need at least one other person to step up and deliver an above…

  20. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  21. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  22. Carmelo Anthony has played 105 of his 108 minutes against Paul George and/or Roy Hibbert

    May 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    During the regular season, Paul George manned the perimeter and Roy Hibbert patrolled the interior to help the Pacers finish first in defensive rating. Only the Grizzlies, with Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, had two players place higher in Defensive Player of the Year voting than Indiana did with George (eighth) and Roy Hibbert (tenth).…

  23. Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with Game 3 win over Thunder

    May 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It was by no means a beautiful effort from the Grizzlies in Game 3 against the Thunder, but they’ll take the effectiveness of it over the aesthetics. Memphis held Oklahoma City to 36.4 percent shooting, and survived a late run thanks to some key missteps by the Thunder down the stretch. As a result, the…

  24. Mike Conley with the elbow jumper dagger vs. Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It’s not a spectacular play, but it was clutch. Mike Conley was huge for the Grizzlies all night — 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — but none bigger than that jump shot. The Thunder are going to make it tough to get the ball to Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph, especially late in games,…

  25. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

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