Grizzlies Vs. Kings: No Protest About It

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Tonight at 5 pm the Memphis Grizzlies play their second match up against the Sacramento Kings. The Grizzlies made history in the last game against the Kings by coming back from a 26 point deficit to win the game with a buzzer beater layup by Courtney Lee. In case you haven’t watched the highlight enough, here it is again:

There is no doubt that the Kings were displeased by the outcome and as a result protested the game winning shot. Two days ago the NBA confirmed what we all knew, the Grizzlies won fair and square.

The Kings walk into tonight’s game on a 2 game losing streak and without their big man DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins will not play due to illness, which kept him from playing against the Spurs on Friday as well. Cousins is the Kings leading scorer and rebounder. Ryan Hollins will start tonight. While he does not have the impact Cousins does, he still scored 15 points and gathered 6 rebounds on Friday against the Spurs. The Kings still have the ability to shoot from the outside and will have an offensive presence. Rudy Gay led his team in the game against the Spurs on Friday with 23 points.

As with all the games so far this season, this game should be very entertaining to watch. I expect the Grizzlies to take advantage of Cousins’ absence and dominate the paint and the boards. The Kings are also averaging 15.9 turnovers and scoring off those turnovers will aid in keeping the Grizzlies in the lead. In the last matchup Tony Allen struggled and did not score single point, something I don’t think will happen tonight. We should also see Mike Conley find an open Marc Gasol throughout the game boosting the Grizzlies points in the paint. As if our big man hasn’t had enough opportunity to shine, tonight’s game will give him another.

Get ready for some fun Grizznation! While we won’t be able to push Boogie into a tech, hopefully Rudy will give us at least one “Shaq-tin” a fool moment so we can all Tweet about it. Tonight the Grizzlies should add this game to the win column and leave the Kings with nothing to protest about.


Tabitha Smith

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