Grizzlies Death Week 2018 – Day One : A False Start
Welcome to Grizzlies Death Week 2018
Welcome is probably a strong word.
I can think of a dozen other things I’d rather be doing than writing about just how bad my hometown basketball team was this past season.
But here we are.
All week long I will be eulogizing the tragedy otherwise known as the 2017-18 Memphis Grizzlies.
Requiem for a Team:
A Grisly Grizzlies Obituary, in Six Acts.
Day One: A False Start
It wasn’t all bad, at least not at first. I spent most of the summer trying to make peace with what I presumed was going to be a mediocre season, at best.
It seemed to be the most logical conclusion after an offseason of bad decisions. (More on that later.)
So imagine my surprise when the Grizzlies come out of the gate winning games and looking not awful doing it.
Losing JaMychal Green, the team’s starting power forward, in the first minutes of the first game of the season was tough blow.
However, the Grizzlies seemed to absorb it without too much difficulty and went on to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans in the season opener.
The credit for that first win goes mostly to Mike Conley, and some pleasant surprises off the Grizzlies bench.
Fast forward five games, and the Grizzlies had already racked up respectable wins against the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. (And one careless loss against the Dallas Mavericks.)
Those first games were a reassuring sign to fans and media alike, or so it seemed at the time.
The Grizzlies were still good, despite a laundry list of reasons why they shouldn’t be. It lulled Grizz Nation into a false sense of security.
The future was bright…until suddenly it wasn’t.
To be continued tomorrow – Day Two: A Glitch in the Matrix