With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Grizzlies team that’s again being underrated in the West.
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Last season’s Memphis Grizzlies team was down 2-0 to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs when people started saying their season was over. Some will claim there was a balanced, impartial response to the Grizzlies 0-2 deficit, but the vast majority of analysts were already looking ahead to who the Clippers might face in the second round.
Obviously we know the Grizz went on to win four-straight before taking the Westbrook-less Thunder down in round two to make their first Conference Championship in franchise history. We also know that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich squeezed an already tight Grizzlies half-court by ignoring their wing shooters (they just left Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince and others alone on the perimeter) in order to focus on the behemoths on the block. This led to a Spurs sweep, but a sweep that was closer than many remember.
Now, with the Rockets getting Dwight Howard, the Spurs still around, the Warriors picking up Iggy and the Clippers getting a new coach and two new wings (even if their owner almost blew it), the Grizzlies are considered â€” once again â€” to be long shots to come out of the West. When will people learn that underestimatiing the Grizzlies is exactly what they want?
Here are five reasons to watch the Grizz this season. If you’re not a fan of bruising basketball, then avert your eyes.
Faster Offense Under New Coach Dave Joerger
Center Marc Gasol has detailed this onus on playing faster briefly during the offseason, but it’s hard to imagine Zach Randolph and Gasol lumbering down the court at a breakneck pace. There’s a reason they played at the second slowest pace in the league last season. Maybe former coach Lionel Hollins encouraged them to mosey on up the court, or their big bodies demanded it. But there’s something alluring about a team that’s willing to waste 10 seconds before setting up their offense.