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Tayshaun Prince steps up in Griz win over Pelicans

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The unbeaten Memphis Grizzlies (4-0) needed help and Tayshaun Prince answered the call at FedExForum on Monday night (Nov. 3).

After an unblemished two-game road trip against the Indiana Pacers (97-89) and the Charlotte Hornets (71-69), the Grizzlies beat back the challenge of the New Orleans Pelicans (93-81).

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Grizzlies snap home opener losing streak with Gasol in charge

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The Memphis Grizzlies were down by three in the second quarter. All-Star center Marc Gasol caught a pass from Vince Carter and made one of his two dunks of the night. The crowd of 17,731 screamed as Gasol swung from the basketball goal before dropping to his feet.

With forceful scores in the paint and his jumper, Gasol poured in a career-best 32 points and added nine rebounds in 37 minutes in the season-opening victory (105-101) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum on Wednesday (Oct. 29) night.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Shifting roles for Grizz rookies as season begins

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In the NBA, the end of the preseason signals the beginning of a lot less playing time for most of the league’s rookies. There will be no bucking of that trend by the Grizzlies as the 2014 season kicks off this week.

“It’s going to be tough for the young guys to break into the rotation,” said Memphis head coach Dave Joerger after the Grizzlies wrapped up the preseason with a 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat at the FedExForum on Friday. “They are aware of that. …”

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Grizzlies derail Cavs’ road-victory effort

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One is the number of times that you will see the Memphis Grizzlies on national television during the regular season. And for that you can blame, disparage and/or scream at the NBA.

Described by many as a ‘super-star driven’ league, the NBA – outside of Memphis – just doesn’t generally view the Grizz’s grinders as superstars with national TV appeal, local opinion notwithstanding.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Grizz notch ‘useful’ win over Flemengo (Brazil)

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The Memphis Grizzlies grabbed their second win of the preseason against the Flemengo (Brazil) at FedExForum on Friday (Oct. 17).

The international exhibition game brought out more than 10,000 fans. What started as a bucket-for-bucket contest early on ended in a 40-point flight for Memphis resulting in a 112-72 victory.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Grizzlies take note of rhythm as preseason rolls on

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As the preseason grinds on, the Memphis Grizzlies take on Rio de Janeiro Flemengo on Friday (Oct. 17th) at FedExForum. It will be the second preseason home game, following a 93-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last Saturday (Oct. 11).

The Grizz will take the home court after falling on the road to the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. It was OKC’s first game since perennial All Start Durant went down with an injury that will keep him sidelined for several weeks.

  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

LOC goes ‘midnight mad’ in basketball showcase

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On Tuesday evening and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, The LeMoyne-Owen College hosted Midnight Madness, a showcase of its 2014 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The event was part skills showcase, part rap concert, part Greek step show, and all around “a lot of fun, and good for the students,” said second year athletic director Clint Jackson.  “It’s good to get the students out of the dorms and here to support our teams.”

East-Whitehaven matchup looms large

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The Mustangs of East High School are ranked second among Class 5A football powers by the Asssociated Press. Whitehaven High School’s Tigers are ranked third among the Class 6A elite. The two forces clash on Friday (Oct. 17th) at Whitehaven.

Coach Marcus Wimberly and the Mustangs (6-1, 3-1) will travel to Whitehaven (6-0, 3-0) for the big game, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Here are the Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee's six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. It reflects first-place votes in parentheses, records through October 13, and total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote: