Grizzlies put away Real Madrid in preseason opener
Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso acknowledged that he took solace in what the Grizzlies were forced to do with six minutes left Saturday night during their international friendly.
After watching a 16-point lead dwindle to five, the Grizzlies' starters reconvened on the court in FedExForum and polished off a 105-93 victory in the first of eight preseason games scheduled this month.
Laso seemed perfectly happy with moral victory, allowing both coaches to leave the building extremely pleased.
Griz coach Lionel Hollins is adamant that chemistry must be built every season. And the continuity between the starting group was on display down the stretch.
-- Memphis Commercial Appeal
Re: Grizzlies put away Real Madrid in preseason opener
All five Grizzlies starters looked ready for primetime, both individually and as a unit.
Zach Randolph's increased quickness and lift was evident during his pre-game shooting routine and carried over into the game, where he twice pinned a taller defender under the rim and finished easily over him.
After the game, Randolph was so bouncy and animated it seemed like he was ready to play another game immediately. I told him he looked like he was back to his pre-injury form. He smiled, put his finger to his lips and said, “Shh. It's a secret. It's coming. I'm getting back to the old Z'Bo.”
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