Pau returning to Memphis. Kobe's first game back. NBA TV HD. First time trying the new Dominos Pizza. Watching the game 2 hours late on the West Coast.That's the perfect combo for Live DVR Blogging. Let's get to it.
McHale is wearing a Marc Gasol jersey, and Jose has put my order in the oven. This is shaping up to be a good night.
Conley just put the worst Laker FG shooter on the free throw line 13 seconds into the game. He continues to amaze.The commentators are Pete Pranica and some guy named Hank. Where is Sean Tuoy? By the way, Pete is heating up: "Conley playing hide-n-seek." or " Conley rings the bell." or "Nothing but sweet string music for Mayo."Lots of cheers for the Kobe Bryant after the free throw. These fans make me sick.4 minute mark: Conley missed layup count 1.End of First: 27-16 Lakers
Haddadi sighting. Assist, block, scores. Already playing as well as any Grizzly not names Gasol.9 minutes: HADDADI: and 1. The first of the season?7 minutes: Farmar alley-oop tp Bynum. The crowd erupts.6 minutes: Sam Young makes a 3. Don't encourage him.5 minutes: Haddadi at the free throw line, and the pizza has arrived.Initial take on Domino's: A step up, but not as good as Papa John's.Just got a text from reader John: "I want to die." I hope he's talking about Camby's injury. Note ot John: DON'T TEXT ME ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES.1 minute: Mbenga in the game before Thabeet. Trivia question: Who draft selection what Mbenga?
9 minutes: Conley missed layup count: 2.8 minutes: Kobe blocked. Mayo with a fast break dunk. The Laker bigs look terrible. This pizza is getting better.5 minutes: Rudy Gay blocks Gasol underneath, and Fisher gets a 3. Definitely worth it.3 minutes: Pete's back into it. I think he just said "Bango" after a Mayo 3.2 minutes: Was just about to compliment Conley for the steals, then he threw it to Kobe. Memphis up 7.1 minute: Pete informs us the Z-bo has just passed Pau for most offensive rebounds in 1 season.Grizzlies up at the end of the third. At this point, John's text must be related to something else. There's no way the Grizzlies blow this.
POSTGAMEHaddadi picks up the 5th foul on Bynum. Trivia question: What draft selection was Haddadi?7 minutes: Grizzlies up 9. Almost too nervous to live DVR blog. I was never this nervous when they sucked.Pau Gasol missed a free throw with less than 5 in the fourth. Is this 2005?3 minutes: McHale, Webber, and EJ ripping on Artest. 1-9, and a badly missed 3 pointer. Also, Lakers have missed 5 free throws, including 4 straight.2 minutes: Bryant 3, and Gay drives to the hole, with Bynum fouling out. Gay: 1-2 at the line.1:40: Technical on Lionel Hollins: "I want to die."1 minute: Conley missed layup count: 3. (It was more like a 8 footer.) "I WANT TO DIE."OJ MAYO missed free throws. "I WANT TO DIE."Laker ball 8.8 left. Down 2. "I WANT TO DIE."Kobe for 3. Wide open. Mayo still thinking about his missed free throws. The crowd erupts. "I WANT TO DIE."Mayo misses. "I want to die."
Saddest part of the Grizzlies' season is their 1st playoff win won't come against Pau. They match up as well against the Lakers as any other playoff team: bad point guard, bad 3 forward offensively, bad bench, bigs who play down low, but aren't terribly physical. Would have been a good series.
For those of you looking for audio of the post game presser, where Hollins yells at Jarvis Greer, listen here: http://www.grizzliesonline.com/index.php/calendar/event/grizzlies_vs._lakers3/