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The Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their home games at FedExForum. The team is owned by Robert Pera. The Grizzlies are currently the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the city of Memphis. The team was originally established as the Vancouver
Vancouver
Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1995–96 season. After the 2000–01 NBA season concluded, the Grizzlies moved to Memphis.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1995–2001: Vancouver
Vancouver
Grizzlies 1.2 Relocation to Memphis 1.3 2001–2007: The Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
era

1.3.1 2004–2007

1.4 2007–2010 1.5 2010–present: Grit and Grind

2 Playoffs 3 Season-by-season records 4 Home arenas 5 Players

5.1 Current roster 5.2 Retained draft rights 5.3 Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers 5.4 Retired numbers

6 Franchise records 7 Television and radio 8 Staff

8.1 Head coaches 8.2 General managers

9 Mascot

9.1 Friends of Grizz

10 Rivalries

10.1 Los Angeles Clippers 10.2 Oklahoma City Thunder 10.3 San Antonio Spurs

11 Notes 12 References 13 External links

Franchise history[edit] 1995–2001: Vancouver
Vancouver
Grizzlies[edit] Main article: Vancouver
Vancouver
Grizzlies The Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
were a Canadian professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. Following the 2000–01 season, the team relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and were renamed as the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies played their home games at General Motors (GM) Place for the entirety of their six (6) seasons in Vancouver. Relocation to Memphis[edit] Main article: Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
relocation to Memphis The Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
applied with the NBA to relocate to Memphis on March 26, 2001 and it was granted. As a result, the Grizzlies became the first major professional sports team from the "big four" major pro sports leagues to permanently play its home games in Memphis, as well as leaving the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
to be the only Canadian basketball team in the NBA. Memphis became the easternmost city in the Western Conference. In their first three seasons in Memphis, the Grizzlies played their home games at the Pyramid Arena. 2001–2007: The Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
era[edit] In the 2001 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
chose Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
as the 3rd overall pick, who was traded to the Grizzlies. Forward Shane Battier was selected with the 6th pick in the same draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. They also acquired Jason Williams from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby
that same year. After the Grizzlies' first season in Memphis, Gasol won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. However, despite the strong draft class, general manager Billy Knight was let go. After Knight's departure and the season, the team hired former Los Angeles Laker and Hall of Famer Jerry West
Jerry West
as general manager in 2002, who later received the 2003–04 NBA Executive of the Year Award. After West's arrival the team was changed a great deal from Knight's team, with the removal of Sidney Lowe
Sidney Lowe
as head coach after 0–8 start to the season and a great deal of player movement, with players such as Mike Miller and James Posey
James Posey
becoming vital to the team's success. During the 2002–03 season, Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
was hired to coach the Grizzlies. Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award
NBA Coach of the Year Award
during the next season when the Grizzlies made the NBA playoffs
NBA playoffs
for the first time in team history in 2004 as the sixth seed in the Western Conference in a drastic change from being perennially one of the worst teams in the NBA. They also won a then record 50 games under Gasol and Williams. In the playoffs they faced the San Antonio Spurs, who swept them out of the playoffs in four games.

Jason Williams in 2006.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
as a member of the Grizzlies.

2004–2007[edit] Brown stepped down as head coach during the 2004–05 NBA season. At the time of his resignation, the Grizzlies had a losing record but West hired TNT analyst and former coach Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
to replace Brown. The Grizzlies' record improved and the team advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season. However, the Grizzlies were swept out in the first round again, this time by the Phoenix Suns. After the season, which ended with anger between Fratello and many of the players, namely Bonzi Wells
Bonzi Wells
and Jason Williams, the team had an active 2005 off-season in which they revamped the team and added veterans. While the Grizzlies lost Wells, Williams, Stromile Swift, and James Posey, they acquired Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, and Eddie Jones. They made the playoffs for the third consecutive year as well. With their record they had the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoffs and would face the Dallas Mavericks, who swept the Grizzlies in 4 games. Following the 2006 NBA draft, Jerry West
Jerry West
traded Shane Battier
Shane Battier
to the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
for their first round pick Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay
and Stromile Swift. Before the 2006–07 season, they suffered a blow when Gasol broke his left foot while playing for Spain in the World Championships. The Grizzlies started the season 5–17 without Gasol, and then went 1–7 while he was limited to about 25 minutes per game. At that point, Fratello was fired and replaced by Tony Barone, Sr. as interim coach. Barone was the team's player personnel director and had never coached an NBA game though he had coached at the collegiate level for both Creighton and Texas A&M being named coach of the year in their conferences three times during his tenure.

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2007–2010[edit] The Grizzlies finished the 2006–07 season with a league-worst 22–60 record, and Jerry West
Jerry West
announced his resignation from his position as the team's general manager shortly after the end of the regular season. The team also hired Marc Iavaroni, who was previously with the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
as an assistant coach, to be the team's new head coach. Despite the last-place finish, the Grizzlies, who held the best chance of landing the first pick, ended up with the fourth pick in the 2007 NBA draft, with which the Grizzlies selected Mike Conley, Jr. On June 18, 2007, the Grizzlies named former Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
general manager Chris Wallace as the team's general manager and vice president of basketball operations, replacing the retired West.[8] A few days later, they hired former Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
and Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
head coach Johnny Davis, longtime NBA assistant coach Gordon Chiesa, and the head coach of the 2007 NBA Development League
NBA Development League
champion Dakota Wizards, David Joerger, as the team's new assistant coaches. Gene Bartow was named the Grizzlies' president of basketball operations on August 16, 2007.[9] On February 1, 2008, Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, rights to Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
(Pau's younger brother), and 2008 and 2010 first-round draft picks.[10][11] On January 22, 2009, head coach Marc Iavaroni
Marc Iavaroni
was fired and replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Johnny Davis for two games. Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins
was named the Grizzlies' permanent head coach on January 25, 2009.[12] On June 25, 2009, with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, Memphis selected Hasheem Thabeet, then selected DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll
with the 27th overall pick. On September 9, 2009, the Grizzlies signed free agent Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. He only played three games (none in Memphis) before he left for "personal problems". He was then waived by the Grizzlies.[13][14] Following Iverson's departure, the Grizzlies improved. With new acquisition Zach Randolph playing at an All-Star level, Marc Gasol's improvement, and a commitment to defense, the Grizzlies were in playoff contention for much of the 2009–10 NBA season, before finishing 10th in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 40–42.

Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay
played for the Grizzlies from 2006 to 2013.

2010–present: Grit and Grind[edit] Going into the 2010–11 season the Grizzlies celebrated the tenth year of basketball in Memphis. The season started with tremendous enthusiasm by the fan base in the Memphis area. Although the Grizzlies and their fans were celebrating the tenth season, the Grizzlies were also cheering for the 8th spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. They finished with a 46–36 record. The Grizzlies found their way back into the post-season for the first time in five years in the 2010–11 NBA season after a 101–96 home victory over the Sacramento Kings on April 8, 2011.[15] While in the playoff hunt in February 2011, the Grizzlies traded Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, and a protected future first-round pick to the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
for Shane Battier, and Ishmael Smith. The team became known locally and nationally for its "Grit and Grind"-style of basketball which means disruptive defense through high pressure on the ball (they were the team with the most steals per game in 2010–11) and their inside-out offense (they were the highest scoring team in the paint also). The Grizzlies achieved several firsts in franchise history during the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Entering the playoffs as an eighth seed, the team won their first playoff game in franchise history on April 17, 2011 with a 101–98 victory on the road against the top seeded San Antonio Spurs. Memphis then won their first home playoff game when they beat the Spurs 91–88 on April 23, 2011.[16] Finally, on April 29, the team won their first playoff series when they beat the Spurs in game 6, 99–91 to win the series 4 games to 2. This was only the fourth time in NBA history that an 8 seed defeated a 1 seed, and only the second time in a best-of-seven series (the first two were in a best-of-five series).[17] The Grizzlies' historic season came to an end after the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated them in game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.[18] The team re-signed Marc Gasol, and Hamed Haddadi
Hamed Haddadi
after the 2010–11 season.[19]

Marc Gasol.

The Grizzlies found their way back into the post-season for the second time in six years in the 2011–12 NBA season after a 103–91 home victory over the New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Hornets
on April 18, 2012. They finished the 2011–12 season with a 41-25 record, 4th in the Western Conference. However, they were eliminated in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
in seven games. During the 2012 off-season, the Grizzlies drafted Tony Wroten with the 25th overall pick. Their biggest signing in effort to improve their bench was bringing in Jerryd Bayless. They also acquired Wayne Ellington from the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
in exchange for Dante Cunningham. On June 11, 2012, Michael Heisley reportedly had an agreement in principle to sell the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
to communications technology magnate Robert J. Pera, who at 34 had a spot on Forbes' 2012 list of the 10 youngest billionaires in the world.[20] The purchase price was in the $350 million range. On August 23, 2012, Pera reached an agreement with a group of local partners including J.R. "Pitt" Hyde, Staley Cates, Ed Dobbs, Duncan Williams and Billy Orgel.[21][22] On October 25, 2012, Robert Pera was officially approved as the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.[23][24] On November 4, 2012, Pera named Jason Levien the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the Memphis Grizzlies.[25] On December 13, 2012, ESPN
ESPN
announced that John Hollinger was hired by the Grizzlies as their new vice president of basketball operations. On January 23, 2013, the Grizzlies acquired Jon Leuer
Jon Leuer
from the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in exchange for Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby, and a future first-round pick.[26] On January 30, 2013, the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay
and Hamed Haddadi
Hamed Haddadi
to the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
in a three team deal also involving the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies acquired Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince
and Austin Daye
Austin Daye
from the Pistons and Ed Davis and a future second-round pick from the Raptors.[27] At the end of the season, Memphis finished with their best franchise record of 56–26, 2nd in the Division and as the 5th seed in the Playoffs. Also, Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
was NBA Defensive Player of the Year. In the opening round, Memphis defeated the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
in 6 Games after trailing in the series 0–2. This avenged their defeat from the previous year at the hands of the Clippers. Memphis then went on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
4–1 in their semi-finals series. This was a rematch of their meeting in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, which the Thunder won in 7 games. However, the Grizzlies' season ended in the conference finals as they were swept by the eventual conference champions, San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
in yet another rematch/reversal from the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The Grizzlies struggled to begin the 2013–14 season, starting out at 14–18 with Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
out, and entered the All-Star break with a win-loss record of 29–23. They went 21–9 after, finishing in 3rd place in the Southwest division and in 7th place in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 50–32, including a 14-game winning streak at FedExForum. They faced the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
in the playoffs and had a record four straight overtimes from games 2–5, going 3–1 in the overtimes. The Grizzlies fell 4–3, despite an effort by Gasol in game 7 without Randolph after he was suspended for punching Thunder center Steven Adams
Steven Adams
in game 6. On October 29, 2014, the Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 105–101 for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000, the year before the team moved to Memphis.[28] In the 2014–15 NBA season, the Grizzlies made the NBA playoffs
NBA playoffs
as the 5th seed in the Western Conference. In the first round, the Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
in five games. Games 4 and 5 were played without Mike Conley, who in Game 3 suffered multiple facial fractures in a collision with Blazers guard C. J. McCollum. In the second round, they found themselves facing off against the top seeded Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
and MVP Stephen Curry. The Warriors took Game 1, and Conley returned in Game 2 to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-95 victory. Memphis took a 2–1 series lead before Golden State ultimately dispatched the Grizzlies in 6 games. On April 1, 2016, the Grizzlies signed their 28th player for the season, an NBA record.[29] On July 6, 2017, the team's management announced that Randolph's number 50 jersey would be retired in the future after he became a free agent,[30] and eventually signed with the Sacramento Kings.[31] Playoffs[edit]

Season Record Seed First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals Notes

2003–04 50–32 6th San Antonio Spurs (Lost 0–4) — — — —

2004–05 45–37 8th Phoenix Suns (Lost 0–4) — — — —

2005–06 49–33 5th Dallas Mavericks (Lost 0–4) — — — —

2010–11 46–36 8th San Antonio Spurs (Won 4–2) Oklahoma City Thunder (Lost 3–4) — — —

2011–12 41–25 4th Los Angeles Clippers (Lost 3–4) — — — —

2012–13 56–26 5th Los Angeles Clippers (Won 4–2) Oklahoma City Thunder (Won 4–1) San Antonio Spurs (Lost 0–4) — —

2013–14 50–32 7th Oklahoma City Thunder (Lost 3–4) — — — —

2014–15 55–27 5th Portland Trail Blazers (Won 4–1) Golden State Warriors (Lost 2–4) — — —

2015–16 42–40 7th San Antonio Spurs (Lost 0–4) — — — —

2016–17 43–39 7th San Antonio Spurs (Lost 2–4) — — — —

† Denotes Division championship

Season-by-season records[edit] Main article: List of Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
seasons Home arenas[edit]

General Motors (GM) Place (1995–2001) Pyramid Arena
Pyramid Arena
(2001–2004) FedExForum
FedExForum
(2004–present)

Players[edit] Main article: Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
all-time roster Current roster[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
roster

v t e

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

2.5 !G/F 7001240000000000000♠24 Brooks, Dillon 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–01–22 Oregon

1.5 !G 7000800000000000000♠8 Brooks, MarShon 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1989–01–29 Providence

1.5 !G 7000600000000000000♠6 Chalmers, Mario 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1986–05–19 Kansas

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 Conley, Mike  (C) 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1987–10–11 Ohio State

5.5 !F/C 7001210000000000000♠21 Davis, Deyonta 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1996–12–02 Michigan State

2.5 !G/F 7001120000000000000♠12 Evans, Tyreke 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–09–19 Memphis

6.0 !C 7001330000000000000♠33 Gasol, Marc (C) 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1985–01–29 Lausanne CS (TN)

4.0 !F 5000000000000000000♠0 Green, JaMychal 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 227 lb (103 kg) 1990–06–21 Alabama

1.5 !G 7000500000000000000♠5 Harrison, Andrew 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1994–10–28 Kentucky

4.0 !F 7000400000000000000♠4 Henry, Myke (TW) 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–12–23 DePaul

4.0 !F 7001140000000000000♠14 Johnson, Omari 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–11–26 Oregon State

4.0 !F 7000100000000000000♠1 Martin, Jarell 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 239 lb (108 kg) 1994–05–24 LSU

1.5 !G 7001230000000000000♠23 McLemore, Ben 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993–02–11 Kansas

4.0 !F 7001250000000000000♠25 Parsons, Chandler 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1988–10–25 Florida

4.0 !F 7001100000000000000♠10 Rabb, Ivan 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1997–02–04 California

2.5 !G/F 7000700000000000000♠7 Selden, Wayne 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–09–30 Kansas

1.5 !G 7000200000000000000♠2 Simmons, Kobi (TW) 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997–07–04 Arizona

Head coach

J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)

Assistant coach(es)

Bob Bender Adam Mazarei Keith Smart Nick Van Exel

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018–03–24

Retained draft rights[edit] The Grizzlies hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[32] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

2016 2 57 Zhelin, WangWang Zhelin C  China Fujian Sturgeons
Fujian Sturgeons
(China)

[33]

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

3 Allen Iverson G 2009 2016

Coaches

Name Position Tenure Inducted

Hubie Brown Head coach 2002–2005 2005

Retired numbers[edit] The Grizzlies have yet to formally retire a number, but have announced plans to retire their first number at an as-yet-undetermined time. After the Grizzlies released Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph
during the 2017 off-season, the team announced that the #50 that Randolph wore from 2010 to 2017 would be retired.[34] Just before the 2017–18 season, the team also announced that Tony Allen's #9 jersey would also be retired following his signing with the New Orleans Pelicans.[35] Franchise records[edit] Main article: Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
accomplishments and records Television and radio[edit] The Grizzlies appear on television on the cable channel Fox Sports Southeast, owned and operated by Fox Sports Networks
Fox Sports Networks
as a sister station to Fox Sports Tennessee. The TV broadcast crew is play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica, analysts Brevin Knight
Brevin Knight
or Sean Tuohy, and sideline reporter Rob Fischer. On radio, the Grizzlies are heard on their flagship station WMFS-FM " ESPN
ESPN
92.9". The radio broadcast crew is play-by-play announcer Eric Hasseltine, and analysts Hank McDowell and Elliot Perry. Staff[edit] Head coaches[edit] Main article: List of Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
head coaches General managers[edit]

GM history

GM Tenure

Stu Jackson 1994–2000

Billy Knight 2000–2002

Dick Versace 2002–2005

Jerry West 2005–2007

Chris Wallace 2007–present

Mascot[edit] Grizz is the official mascot of the Memphis Grizzlies. He was first introduced in 1995 when the team was in Vancouver, British Columbia.[36] Grizz was named 2011 NBA Mascot
Mascot
of the Year.[37][38] Friends of Grizz[edit] In 2007, the performer playing Grizz was diagnosed with cancer. As a show of support, the Grizzlies chose not to have Grizz appear until he recovered. During this period, mascots from other teams performed at Grizzlies home games in Grizz's place. The franchise also launched a program called "Friends of Grizz", with donations and proceedings going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[39] Rivalries[edit] Los Angeles Clippers[edit] Despite being one of the youngest squads in the NBA, the Grizzlies are rivals with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies and Clippers have been rivals since the 2011–12 season, when the Clippers eliminated the Grizzlies in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs 4 games to 3. The Grizzlies returned the favor in the 2012–13 season, eliminating the Clippers in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs 4 games to 2. There have also been violent scuffles between the players, mainly between the Grizzlies Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph
and the Clippers Blake Griffin. The Grizzlies are also the first team to draw an ejection on Clippers guard Chris Paul
Chris Paul
after he elbowed Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
in the ribs in the closing minutes of Game 6.[40] When asked about a rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
stated, "I don't think it'll ever be a rivalry. You guys [in the media] want it to be, though. I would say Memphis more than the Lakers. I hate every other NBA team in the league. If anybody [is our rival], I'd say Memphis."[41] Although the two teams never met in the 2014 playoffs, they still engaged in close, heated matchups in the 2014–15 season. In a Grizzlies home game against the Clippers, the crowd was given flip-flop sandals designating Clippers players as "floppers". Oklahoma City Thunder[edit] The Grizzlies also have a rivalry brewing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two squads have faced each other in the playoffs in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The Thunder beat the Grizzlies in the conference semifinals in 2011 and in the conference quarterfinals in 2014. Each of those two series went to seven games. The Grizzlies handled the Thunder in five games during the conference semifinals in 2013 before getting beat by the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
in the conference finals that same year. San Antonio Spurs[edit] The Grizzlies rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
goes way back in 2004 when the Spurs swept the Grizzlies in the first round. Seven years later, they would meet again in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The Grizzlies upset the Spurs in six games, which made it the fourth time ever an 8th seed beat a 1st seed in the playoffs. They would then meet again in the conference finals in 2013, where the Spurs once again swept the Grizzlies to go to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
and got swept again in 2016, due to a lot of injuries the Grizzlies had during the season. They met again the following year, where the Grizzlies lost in six games. Notes[edit]

^ Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus are also a part of the ownership group.[6][7]

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