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GRIZZLIES OFF TO SIZZLING START

By William Larsha, Jr.,

Sports Reporter/Columnist

for

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

MEMPHIS, TN – November 28, 2012 - As of this writing, the Memphis Grizzlies are the number one team in the NBA. They sport a record of 10-2 which is tops in the league. After an opening night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies ran off 8 consecutive wins before finally falling to the Denver Nuggets at home on November 19 by a score of
97-92.

Included in the impressive winning streak was an 18 point blowout win against last years NBA champion Miami Heat and LeBron James in Memphis on November 11 by a score of 108-86. The team then beat last year's other NBA finalist, the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road 3 days later by double digits, 107- 97. And if that wasn't impressive enough, they
rolled the Los Angeles Lakers, one of this year’s championship favorites, 106-98 on November 23 at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies continued the hot start with an 84-78 win over Cleveland on the 26th.

Though it is still early in a long NBA season, the Grizzlies are showing themselves to be real contenders in the Western Conference.
They continue to win with hustle and a devastating inside game with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, who is playing like his old self again. Randolph has had double digit points and rebounds in each of the 12 games played thus far. In fact Randolph is averaging nearly 17 pointsand 13 rebounds per game.

After a tough game against Cleveland where the team trailed for most of the game before coming back in the fourth quarter, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said, "I don't think we ever gave up. All we kept thinking about was the Denver game where we didn't have much energy. We didn't want to let this one slip. We just clawed and clawed and clawed. We were just able to get some stops to sustain the lead and came away with the win."

Allen's quote perfectly describes this team’s attitude. While some of the wins are not pretty and the Grizzlies fall behind at times, they seem to keep clawing. They hope to claw their way to a December that is just as hot as their start in November has been.



 

 

 

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