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Memphis on sizzle as tough-playing Grizz await Game 3

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Published in News
On Saturday, when the Memphis Grizzlies take to the floor at the FedExForum to defend their home court, their NBA playoffs opening round series against the San Antonio Spurs will be tied 1-1. On Saturday, when the Memphis Grizzlies take to the floor at the FedExForum to defend their home court, their NBA playoffs opening round series against the San Antonio Spurs will be tied 1-1, the place will be packed and the city will be rocking.

 
Memphis outscored San Antonio 44-41 in the first half of Game 2, giving Grizz fans at a FedExForum watch party reason to roar. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

What’s the evidence?

Well, fans were at the FedExForum Wednesday night and the Grizzlies weren’t even in town. They were at the AT&T Center in San Antonio giving the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference another all-it-could handle struggle.

Never mind the rain, and the aftermath of a string of thunderstorms and windstorms that wreaked havoc, leaving more than 70,000 homes without power. Playoff-hungry Grizz fans piled into the arena for a Game 2 watch party – the second of the week.

Julius Lewis, director and co-writer of “N-Secure” – the movie filmed in Memphis last year – and the founder and CEO of Heritage Entertainment, was on deck to cheer on the Grizz.  He sat in the Jack Daniel’s lounge during the watch party.

“This is a great time for the city and team and I’m happy to be a part of the legacy,” he said.  

“The watch party was a great idea.  It gives fans time to mix and mingle while enjoying the game. I appreciate (Grizz General Manager) Chris (Wallace) being a part of everything; greeting the fans and thanking them for their support.”

Despite the lack of consistent scoring and the inability to defend the fast breakers, the Grizzlies’ effort kept them within winning range. Memphis actually led 44-41 at halftime. But it just wasn’t enough to convert to a win, as the Spurs prevailed 93-87.

Turnovers posed a problem for the Grizzlies. Twenty-six of the Spurs’ points were scored off turnovers.

Back in Memphis, Wallace and the Grizz girls were right in the mix with fans who cheered until the last tick tocked.

Memphis went into the series opener on Sunday having never won a playoff game. They were up for it, defeating San Antonio 101-98 in a stunner. Yeah, yeah, the Spurs were without their key player, Manu Ginobili, who suffered an elbow injury the last time the two teams met in the regular season.

That first-game milestone victory went straight into team and Memphis lore, with fans from all over celebrating one of the proudest Memphis moments since the team moved here from Vancouver 10 seasons ago.

Game 3 is a sellout and until the town’s on sizzle.

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