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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.


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.


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.



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."


Grizz trend continues – another loss at home

IMG-rebound 600Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger entered the interview room with his usual demeanor – calm. Memphis had just suffered a fourth straight loss at the FedExForum, losing to the struggling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

"I have no idea to be honest," Joerger said, responding to a question about why the team is having such success on the road (five consecutive victories), yet struggling for a win at home.

"I don't know why we ease into games. It's something that I've talked about in the first three timeouts. We have to hit, we have to screen, we have to get people off of Mike Conley and we have got to get Mike Conley off a big number. We just let them get their hands on us and muck everything up."


Tigers turn in dud game against Temple Owls

IMG-touchdown-Craft 600Every time a team takes the field, it has to be ready to play. Plenty of great teams have been beaten by lesser opponents because they overlooked their competition.

The University of Memphis Tigers are by no means a "great" football team, so it is even more essential to come into every game ready to give all. Headed into their game this past Saturday (Nov. 30) against the Temple Owls, the Tigers were actually a 10-point favorite.

Perhaps that line got to Memphis' head because the Tigers certainly didn't live up to that projection. It was Senior Day at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and unfortunately it wasn't the send-off that the upperclassmen would have imagined.


Pastner-led Tigers get their first ‘big win’

IMG-Pregame-600The last time the University of Memphis's basketball team met the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, OSU's sophomore guard Marcus Smart had a career day scoring 39 points, more than all four of Memphis' senior guards combined. At one point in the first half of that game, Smart was outscoring the Tigers by himself.

So it was easy to see that containing Smart would be the focal point of the rematch in Orlando on Sunday evening (Dec. 1). During the first half, Memphis was able to do just that but still trailed by 10 (42-32) at halftime and it looked like the Tigers might be setting themselves up for a big disappointment.

Then it happened. The Tigers rallied in the second half Memphis outscored OSU 41-26 and defeated the No. 5 Cowboys 73-68 to win the Old Spice Classic.


Gasol-less period begins with Grizz loss to Rockets

prince 600"We have been through situations similar to this," said Memphis center Marc Gasol, fielding questions from the media before the Grizzlies faced the Houston Rockets at FedExForum on Monday night (Nov. 25).

Gasol was referring to the fact that he will be out for the next few weeks recovering from a left knee injury he sustained in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis on Friday (Nov. 22). An MRI revealed a left MCL sprain, putting the All-Star center out indefinitely.

"It's going to be a little different," said Gasol. "Roles are going to change a little bit, but I'm confident the team is going to play the way they are supposed to."



Tigers drum Colonels after getting rolled by Cowboys

tigers 600After getting run out of the gym by Oklahoma State's Cowboys, the Memphis Tigers looked to rebound this past Saturday (Nov. 23) against the Nicholls State Colonels. Regardless of the embarrassing loss, the True Blue Nation showed its unwavering support, packing the FedExforum.

And, the fans got what they came to see. The Tigers drummed the Colonels to the tune of a 98-59 victory. It was quite clear from the onset that Nicholls was outmanned.

With the OSU loss fresh on their minds, no one should have been surprised that Memphis came out hungry and dominated the game.


White Station takes thriller; Trezevant rushes toward goal

HS-Playoffs 600The Central Warriors (8-5) were playing their first quarterfinal game in school history against the White Station Spartans (9-4) at Crump stadium in a Class 6A matchup Friday night. A second-half thriller ended with Central on the short end of a 31-28 battle.

The stands at Crump stadium were filled with supporters from both schools at kickoff, with many still in line to be a part of a game that was stamped with a playoff atmosphere. The first half lacked offensive explosion and felt like it was going to be a dogfight, with a 7-3 halftime score.

The Spartans brought injured quarterback Cedric Wilson off the bench and he threw four touchdown passes in the second half, including a 5-yard pass to Terry Wright for the winner with 57 seconds left. Wilson finished 18 of 21 passing for 209 yards.