– J.J. is in the lineup. In retrospect, was there any chance he was going to miss the closest thing he has to an NBA homecoming? Then again, from what I hear J.J.’s trips back to Memphis can be a bit nerve-wracking for him with the caravan of folks coming in from Arkansas. You know, in that man-I-love-my-family-but-dang kind of way.
– Maybe J.J. won’t be needed for big minutes. The Grizz’s bench is weak. Darrell Arthur is back from injury tonight and should help eventually. From the Commercial Appeal in Memphis:
Griz coach Lionel Hollins is looking forward to adding Arthur’s length, athleticism and scoring ability to his reserves. Arthur originally figured big in the Grizzlies’ plans — so much that owner Michael Heisley passed on bringing back established power forward Hakim Warrick.
However, Arthur’s emergence stalled when he was injured lifting weights in October and required a surgical procedure uncommon to basketball players. His absence left a huge void on the Grizzlies’ bench, which has mostly failed to provide consistent help at point guard, center and power forward.
– The Grizzlies have been wildly inconsistent. They started 1-8, later won 15 of 19 to get back in the playoff picture, and now have slipped again with three straight losses and five in six. They’ve had three days to stew over a home loss to the T-Wolves that had djturtleface at Straight Outta Vancouver breaking it down like this:
“The trade deadline is approaching, and while the Grizzlies 4 starters have gotten them this far, in my opinion they just don’t have what it takes to make the playoffs without making a move. It’s not up to Rudy, O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, or Marc Gasol any longer — it’s up to (GM) Chris Wallace.”
– The Grizzlies rank 29th of
230 teams in attendance, 28th in terms of percentage of seats filled. Zach Randolph tried giving away tickets yesterday but not even that worked. OK, it was because of bad weather, but still.
– The Hawks got a mention in John Hollinger’s chat today:
Is Al Horford really All Star Calliber? I’m a Hawks fan, but his post moves don’t look smooth.
His post moves don’t look smooth because they’re not — they’re really mechanical, although he’s become more refined since his rookie year. The reason he made the All-Star team is all the other stuff — his defense, rebounding, ability to push the ball himself and start the break, mid-range J, etc.
– I’m not on the trip. I’m not there in spirit, either.
– Talk amongst yourselves, Hawks fans.