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Memphis Grizzlies 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Early Important Games

Memphis Grizzlies 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Early Important Games

Memphis Grizzlies 2014-2015 Schedule 5 Important Early Games
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Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies got off to a slow start and had to fight at the end to gain the seventh seed in the NBA Western Conference. They’ll need to get off to a quick start to their 2014-15 NBA campaign, and here are five early season games that are important.

5. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers

Friday October 31, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Indiana Pacers
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5. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers

Friday October 31, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers are reeling after a season-ending injury to All-Star Paul George. The ability to win road games is important, and this Halloween matchup against the Pacers will be a good way of sending a message that the Memphis Grizzlies are for real this season.

4. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday November 7, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder
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4. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday November 7, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder
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This early season contest is a rematch of their first round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder. That series went seven games and was a battle from beginning to end. The Thunder is considered in some circles as favorites in the West. What better way for the Grizzlies to send a message than to beat the Thunder in Loud City on this nationally televised game?

3. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets

Monday November 17, 2014 Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies
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3. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets

Monday November 17, 2014 Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies
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The Houston Rockets' James Harden and Dwight Howard have been talking smack the entire offseason about how good the Rockets will be this season. This is a good early season opportunity for the Memphis Grizzlies to drop the hammer on “The Beard” and the “Weird” in the friendly confines of the FEDEXFORUM.

2. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Sunday November 23, 2014 Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies
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2. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Sunday November 23, 2014 Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies
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The FEDEXFORUM will be rocking when the Los Angeles Clippers come to town for a Sunday evening contest against the Memphis Grizzlies. This matchup is always a battle, and this will be another early season opportunity for the Grizzlies to send a message to the rest of the NBA Western Conference.

1. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trailblazers

Friday November 28, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers
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1. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trailblazers

Friday November 28, 2014 Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trailblazers
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The Memphis Grizzlies are in the second game of a four-game Western road trip against the Portland Trailblazers and will provide a very worthy and exceptionally talented matchup for the Grizzlies. This is another early season opportunity for the Grizzlies to get a big win on the road and continue to send a message to the rest of the NBA Western Conference.