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by William Larsha, Jr.

William Larsha, Jr. 

GRIZZLIES ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER

 

By William Larsha, Jr., Sports Columnist

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

MEMPHIS, TN - On April 11, 2012, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns by a score of 109-94 at FedEx Forum to extend its current winning streak to four games.  The Grizzlies are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA boasting the 4th best record in the league since the All Star break. 

As a result of their current winning ways, the Grizzlies stand at 34-23 which is good enough for 5th place in the Western Conference and only a game and a half out of 3rd place. Should the team continue playing well, it is possible that they could capture the 3rd place slot in the playoffs which would give them home court advantage in the first series.

The Grizzlies got to this point by sizzling through a very tough portion of their schedule. There was the surprising win at Oklahoma City from a team many think can win it all, by a score of 94-88. They returned home to beat the Warriors 98-94 in a tough physical game. The Grizzlies then suffered their only loss in their previous 8 games when they fell to the Dallas Mavericks on the road 95-85.

 

But they started another roll. This one began in Miami against a Heat team that had lost there only twice all season. The Grizzlies beat them soundly, much to everyone's surprise, 97-82. The Grizzlies led the game from start to finish and never trailed once. They applied a suffocating defense to keep Miami's all world duo of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade in check all night. Rudy Gay scored 17 points with Zach Randolph adding 14 from the bench. Afterwards Gay said, "We got out early, we competed early. When we do that we are hard to beat"

 

That formula continued to work for the team as they then knocked off the Mavericks at home 94-89. Victories over the Clippers 94-85, and the Suns win capped off the winning home stand. When asked about the team, Zach Randolph replied, Its all about winning. As long as we win that's all that matters."

The team now heads to San Antonio where they hope to keep things rollin' just as they are.

 

 

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