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March 16, 2015 Updates

Independently, Gasol concurred. In fact, he put the blame on himself. "Everybody goes through rough patches," Gasol said. "It's just a matter of making it short. This one has gone longer than we wanted it to, and I'm not going to make any excuses. It starts with me offensively. I've got to impose my will a lot more. If I've got to break off plays for me to get the ball down there, then that's what I'm going to do. Trust me, that's not how I think it will go. But if the team thinks that's the best thing for me to do, I'll do it. It's not the way to do it. But if we have to break plays, I'll break plays, understanding what we get out of this." NBA.com

But the offense has dropped noticeably. The Grizzlies' offensive rating has fallen from 105.2 the first 41 games of the season, when Allen started, to 100 the last 25 games. And their scoring has fallen from 101.8 per game during the former stretch to 94.5 per game in the latter. Joerger said, cryptically, on Thursday: "Jeff Green is the least of our problems. Most people on the inside know what it is. And it's not Jeff Green." NBA.com

We should probably take a moment to talk about why that high seed might not even matter in the West where Oklahoma City (probably) and San Antonio (definitely) are lurking in the lower half of the bracket. "I really like our team. A lot," Joerger says. "I don’t know that seeding matters this year. When San Antonio is healthy and Oklahoma City is healthy, they’re the two best teams in the NBA. What Golden State has done is fantastic. It’s awesome. Oklahoma City and San Antonio are six and eight, seven and eight depending on the day. Certainly the higher seed has an opportunity to play a Game 7 at home, but it’s going to be wide open, I think." SB Nation

March 15, 2015 Updates

Q: Do you think there would be any other “rest” situations and would you like that? Marc Gasol: I hope not. No, I don’t like “rest.” It’s not my call. It’s never been my call. It will never be my call. I don’t like resting. I know I have a small window. Basketball, itself, gives you a small window because you have a certain amount of games. I take pride in playing every game. To me, it’s important to play every game. But I don’t run the show. There are other people that make those decisions and I’ll respect it. I respect Dave and I’ll have to deal with it. Like I’ve said, whatever is best for the team. That’s ultimately the goal. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Do you think there would be any other “rest” situations and would you like that? Marc Gasol: I hope not. No, I don’t like “rest.” It’s not my call. It’s never been my call. It will never be my call. I don’t like resting. I know I have a small window. Basketball, itself, gives you a small window because you have a certain amount of games. I take pride in playing every game. To me, it’s important to play every game. But I don’t run the show. There are other people that make those decisions and I’ll respect it. I respect Dave and I’ll have to deal with it. Like I’ve said, whatever is best for the team. That’s ultimately the goal. Memphis Commercial Appeal

March 12, 2015 Updates

Full disclosure: I was really against and went public with my feelings about the organization trading Rudy (Gay) and firing Lionel (Hollins). I didn't see where you all were going. It didn't make sense to me the direction the organization was taking. But at this point, I have to say you all have proven me wrong. I don't know where you stood on this, but how did -- and have -- you stay grounded in knowing that everything was going to be cool and that the bottom wasn't going to fall out? Conley Jr.: Well, to be honest, it was tough, first off. It was tough to see Lionel go. He was like a second father figure almost for me. But at the same time, when it was done, it was done. We couldn't take it back; (his firing) happened. (Dave) Joerger is our coach, and the only way for us to continue to get better is to jump over to Joerger's ship and say, "Hey, we're with you. We're behind you 100 percent" and try not to forget about Lionel, never forget about him, but use what he taught us and apply it to what Joerger is teaching us going forward and keep this thing moving. ESPN.com

Joerger isn’t planning to make any changes despite criticism and statistical analysis that point toward there being a problem with Green starting. "Jeff Green is the least of our problems. Most people on the inside know what it is,” Joerger said. “And it’s not Jeff Green.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

It's also what's going to allow Memphis to offer Gasol a maximum contract this summer when he becomes a free agent, ensuring that he'll remain a Grizzly and be highly compensated. It's Conley's next deal that becomes tricky. Conley's current deal expires in 2016, which is when the salary cap is expected to explode. That summer, the Grizzlies are looking at several players on the roster to fall off the books, as pivotal role players like Courtney Lee, Beno Udrih and Green (should he opt in this summer) are all unrestricted free agents. Meanwhile, the notable players under contract are their oldest: Randolph (35), Allen (34) and Gasol (31). ESPN.com

However, Conley will be 28, eligible for a long-term deal with a max salary that might start in the mid-$20 million range, and will need to decide where to spend the next three to five years of his career. With numerous teams expected to have ample cap space, it would make sense for Conley to strongly consider all options available, particularly if Memphis hesitates in any way to pony up fair market value for a player who has been underpaid for the majority of his career. ESPN.com

As a small group of reporters gathered around, waiting only to ask how it felt to play his first game back in Boston, Jeff Green buttoned his shirt and left without saying a word, sucking the air out of a Garden locker room for the final time this season. Across the hallway, a larger media contingent circled Avery Bradley, one of many Celtics heroes on the night. “We’re like a family out there,” he said after scoring a team-high 17 points -- including the dagger with 7.9 seconds left -- in a 95-92 upset of Green’s Grizzlies. “We’re a lot closer than we were, and it shows on the court.” WEEI.com

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Whiteside then got a tryout with the Lakers, but didn't get an invite to training camp. "They picked Wayne Ellington over me," he says. Then came an invite to go to the Grizzlies' camp. He played in five preseason games before getting cut -- again, no surprise, given Memphis's roster, with Marc Gasol an All-Star incumbent at center, Zach Randolph newly extended and Kosta Koufos set as the backup big man. "Chris Wallace (the Grizzlies' GM) told me to just go down and dominate the D-League, and I thought I could, too," Whiteside said. "They had a lot of bigs. Gasol was playing really well. Maybe they didn't need me. I found my own path." NBA.com

 

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