The Grizzlies announced their regular season games for the 2012-2013 season and it is full of intriguing matchups. Thanks to consecutive trips to the post season, Memphis has 15 nationally televised games, the most ever in franchise history. They get the annual MLK game, this year it is against the Pacers, and get to play every NBA team at home this season after not playing the Celtics and the Heat at the Forum last year. Here is a list of five games every Grizzlies’ fan should watch this year.
LA Clippers October 31st @ The Staples Center
This is the Grizzlies first game of the year and it comes against the team that eliminated them from the playoffs in the first round, in a thrilling seven game series last season. The Clippers should be one of the West’s best teams and give Memphis a good gauge of how good they are at the start of the season. The masters of flop are down one phenomenal flopper in Reggie Evans and Nick Young. However, Chauncey Billups will be back and LA has added Jamal Crawford and Mr. Kardashian himself Lamar Odom, so they should be even better this year. A back court of Billups and Chris Paul with Blake Griffin at power forward is going to be difficult to matchup with, but will be an exciting first game for all Grizzlies’ fans.
Utah Jazz November 5th @ FedExForum
This is the home opener for Memphis and it comes against a very good opponent. The Jazz were a playoff team last season, and while nobody is going to get any Jazz player confused with Karl Malone or John Stockton, they are very capable of ruining the festivities for fans during the home opener. Memphis is 3-1 the past two years against the Jazz at home, so a win is highly probable on opening night.
Miami Heat November 11th @ FedExForum
A Sunday night game against the defending NBA champions is cause for excitement every year. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh return to Memphis for the first time since 2010 thanks to the lockout. The last time the Heat visited the “Grind House” Rudy Gay hit a last second shot over James to give Memphis a 97-95 victory. Add to it that this Heat team has former Grizzlies’ fan favorites Mike Miller and Shane Battier and you have a must watch scenario for Grizzlies’ fans.
Oklahoma City Thunder November 14th @Chesapeake Energy Arena
Just three days after taking on the Finals Champion Miami Heat, the Grizzlies take a trip to Oklahoma City to battle the Western Conference Champion. The hated Thunder have several superstars including the two time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka a First Team All NBA Defensive selection. Perhaps the most intriguing player on the Thunder roster is former first round draft pick by Memphis, Hasheem Thabeet. He has been dubbed a bust in Memphis, and nothing would make Grizzlies’ fans more upset than seeing Thabeet play a significant role on a title contender especially OKC. This is also the Grizzlies first nationally televised game of the year.
Dallas Mavericks February 27th @ FedExForum
The Grizzlies are 5-2 against the Mavs the past two seasons. And this divisional rivalry has had some additional fuel added to the fire with OJ Mayo becoming a member of the Mavs this season. This will be Mayo’s second trip back to the Forum after averaging 15.2 points per game as a member of the Grizzlies. It will be an emotional game for Mayo and fans who have grown accustomed to seeing him put the three point guns in their holster throughout the past four seasons. It is also the regular season finale and playoff positioning might be on the line.
CJ Hurt covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from FedExForum.