In just 3 games into the 2017-18 NBA season, many teams around the league are settling in and hoping to have a successful season. This includes leading their team into the postseason healthy and prepared. It is extremely important for teams to have a great start to the season. No team has done that better than the Memphis Grizzlies.
To start off, a 3-0 record at this point of the season is nothing to be excited about, but the competition that the Grizzlies have faced should be noted.
Game 1 against Pelicans: Grizzlies won 103-91. A game that showcased how well the second unit can perform.
Throughout the past, the Grizzlies never really had a sixth man who can come off the bench and help on the offensive end. That has changed with rookie Dillon Brooks. Brooks put up 19 points on 54 percent shooting from the field. Apart from that, Brooks can flat out score the ball. Just as he proved in college at Oregon. The value that Brooks can add will be viable for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, which take most of the workload offensively.
This was a great first game for the Grizzlies, and it only got better from here. On Saturday, the Grizzlies defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors in typical Grizzlies fashion: All Heart. The game resulted in superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both being tossed during the fourth quarter. This was the first surreal challenge for the Grizzlies, but the win should not be shocking.
First of all, the Warriors have/had no answer for Grizzlies Marc Gasol. In a sense, Gasol had 34 points, 14 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field. Gasol also was 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Wins like this are actually common for the Grizzlies. Since the 2011-12 season, the Grizzlies are 13-10 against the Warriors. Coincidence?
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And lastly, the Grizzlies recently defeated the Houston Rockets 98-90 in a triumphant comeback. During the last 7 ½ minutes of the game, the Grizzlies outscored the Rockets 21-4. It is important to note how well the bench has played not only this game but throughout the first two games.
The Grizzlies have outscored opponents’ bench 94-26 over the initial two games of the season. Against the Rockets, it was more of the same
With all of this said, the direction that the team is heading is both interesting and insightful. The Grizzlies don’t have many stars like the big dogs out west, but head coach David Fizdale has them playing great basketball.