The Season is Upon Us: The Grizzlies 2015-2016 Schedule Released

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Let’s face it, this is the time of year that everyone starts getting that longing. The summer is wrapping up, school is headed back in and it just ‘feels’ like it’s time to get back to basketball. Today the Grizzlies gave us something to look forward to with the release of the 2015-2016 season schedule. If you haven’t had a chance to look over the schedule you can find it here. Look it over, get amped up, because this season is going to be fun!

The Grizzlies open up the season hosting the Eastern Conference Champs. The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit what is sure to be a packed Grindhouse on October 28th. There won’t be much rest for them as they head out to Indianapolis to face the Pacers in the first of their 18 total back to backs. The Grizzlies start won’t get any easier because they leave November 2nd for the longest road trip of the season. The road trip begins against Golden State where the Grizzlies will have a chance of redemption against the NBA Champions, who ousted them in the second round of the playoffs. The road trip ends against the Los Angeles Clippers on the 9th. Once the Grizzlies return they will host the Warriors on the 11th to culminate what is sure to be a riveting start to the season.

While the 18 backs to backs are relatively forgiving the Grizzlies will still have their hands full when it comes to those dreaded “SEGABABAS”. The Grizzlies will face tough teams like the Spurs, OKC, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta in those second games. They will also wrap up the season in two consecutive back to backs that are sure to have some sort of Western Conference seeding implications. The trouble with those back to backs? Their opponent for the second game. Spoiler alert: it’s Golden State. Both times. At least the Grizzlies will have six nights to play those 4 games in instead of 5.

The Grizzlies will see their longest home stand January 8 – January 18. They will play six games in that stretch and host division rivals Houston and New Orleans. Heading into the All-Star Break the Grizzlies will find themselves in an 8 day break with no games played from February 11 – February 18. Grizzlies fans will have to wait until March 19th to get the chance to chant “Whoop that Clip”, since that is the only time the Clippers will visit the Grindhouse this year.

Another notable difference in the schedule this year is the amount of time the Grizzlies get on national TV. Last season, until the tight playoff race in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies were only slotted for 9 total nationally televised games. This included 8 NBA TV games and 1 on ESPN. This year the Grizzlies can be seen nationally 5 times on ESPN, 5 times on TNT and 9 times on NBA TV. I’ll do the addition for you; that’s 19 times! They will be facing previous playoff rivals such as the Trailblazers, the Spurs, the Clippers and OKC in what is going to be a sure way to remind everyone exactly what Grit and Grind basketball looks like. I don’t know about all of you but I am ready for the Grizzlies to play that “nasty” ball Coach Joerger talked about on national TV.

We’ve got the schedule Grizznation. We have a little less than 7 weeks until pre-season ball starts. Get your Grizz gear ready because we’re going to be back to the Grit and Grind before you know it!

Tabitha Smith

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