This afternoon, the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Hornets — so hard not to make some sort of "Pelicans" reference there — for the first time since December 7th, a game in New Orleans which the Grizzlies won 96–87.
That Hornets team was not the same as this Hornets team, though. In the intervening weeks, Greivis Vasquez has been on a tear, Anthony Davis has started to get his NBA sea legs under him a little bit, and Eric Gordon has returned from injury after missing a large portion of the early season.
It'll be interesting to see how the new-look Grizzlies do against this team: the bench play has been much faster-paced since Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington were traded away for Jon Leuer. Tony Wroten and Jerryd Bayless both play with a great deal of confidence, and when they're attacking the rim and creating scoring opportunities for the guys around them, the Grizzlies are hard to stop.
Game Preview: Grizzlies vs. Hornets
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