Well, Comcast struck again. The Hawks played last night, and many of us outside Memphis were screwed. Normally, I would have improvised quickly, going straight to the computer in hopes of finding a janky feed to stream the game. I didn’t. It was Friday night, and I was clowning, hard. My fanhood warranted questioning as the Hollywood caliber actors that are the LA Clippers were on the menu. My mistake indeed. Twitter users following the likes of Chris Vernon, Chris Herrington, Geoff Calkins and others saw their feeds effectively blow up as the Grizzlies took the fight to the Clippers, spearheaded by James Johnson on his night. The Neck Tattoo giveaway was a great success. Calkins put it well capping the victory:
Clippers coach Doc Rivers credited Tony Allen, James Johnson, and Mike Miller for changing the game with their energy. The Grizzlies bench outscored the Clippers reserves 43-7, and that is the stat of the day…I don’t know if I have ever seen something like that in a Grizzlies box score.
Now, back to James Johnson:
Block on Green, 2 Dunks by Johnson
Alley oop off the backboard
Twitter traffic mounted when Tony Allen returned to a standing ovation and, paired with Johnson, proceeded to wreak havoc on the perimeter. The bench manhandled their counterparts, then came the highlight plays and commentary to go with it:
David Stern was smiling somewhere, as Adam Silver continues his predecessor’s bidding of eternally dooming Memphis with horrible officiating. And we noticed:
In the end, there was just too much Grizz:
Highlights and social media aside, the Grizzlies have come out of the All-Star Break strong with two solid wins at the Forum. Now that Tony Allen has returned, the roster is near full strength (minus Quincy Pondexter), and continued health will be key to rising up the West standings. The Grizz are currently 1 game behind the Mavericks who hold the 8th seed. Tonight, Memphis travels to Charlotte for a quick 1 game road trip before returning home to play the Lakers on Wednesday. Dallas plays at Detroit tonight, so by the end of the day the Grizzlies could leapfrog the Mavericks and claim the final spot.
Tip off tonight:
7:00 ET / 6:00 CT
Time Warner Cable Arena