Memphis Grizzlies schedule 2013: Trying to keep pace in loaded Western Conference

Kevin C. Cox

The Grizzlies will try and keep pace in an improved Western Conference, and their season gets underway with a Western Conference Finals rematch against the Spurs.

The Memphis Grizzlies made it to the Western Conference finals last season before being dispatched by the San Antonio Spurs in four games. Despite the success, the Grizzlies dropped the hammer on coach Lionel Hollins, hiring assistant Dave Joerger to replace him.

Memphis returns the same core as last year, so another successful season is in order. But with several Western Conference teams getting better during the offseason, the competition will be quite fierce.

Five games to watch

Oct. 30 at San Antonio Spurs The Grizzlies and Spurs open the season in a rematch from last year's Western Conference Finals. Tony Parker had his way with the normally stout Grizzlies defense, averaging 24.5 points and 9.5 assists while shooting 53.2 percent during the four-game sweep.

Nov. 15 vs. Los Angeles Lakers While the Lakers likely won't be that good this season, the matchup between the Gasol brothers is always fun to watch. With Dwight Howard out of the picture, Pau Gasol will get much more time at the 5 this year, which will pit him against his brother, Marc, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

Nov. 18 at Los Angeles Clippers The Grizzlies and Clippers have played in the last two postseasons, with Memphis coming out on top in the first round last year after Los Angeles won a seven-game set in 2012. The Clippers have only gotten better since last season, and both teams will be fighting for spots at the top of the West this year.

Dec. 11 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder The Grizzlies knocked off the Thunder in the second round last season following Russell Westbrook's knee injury. Westbrook will miss the start of this year with the injury, and this game should be around the time he returns to the court.

March 21 at Miami Heat This game marks the return of Mike Miller to Miami after he was amnestied by the Heat this offseason. Miller dealt with injury issues with the Heat, but he stepped up at times two years in a row in the NBA Finals.

Tough tests

Memphis faces their toughest stretch of the season in the first month. From Nov. 18-25, the Grizzlies travel to the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors before returning home to face the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. All four of those teams have the potential to finish at or near the top of the West, so coming out of that stretch with a split would be a huge plus.

March could also prove to be difficult, as five of the Grizzlies' 18 back-to-backs occur during the month.

Easiest stretches

The easiest stretch for Memphis comes toward the tail end of the year. In March, the Grizzlies have a six-game stretch against the Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz. None of those teams made the playoffs last year, and while a few of them improved, it's a stretch that's still not all that daunting.

There's also a five-game span in February that features all Eastern Conference opponents, with the New York Knicks being the only one of the five to have reached the postseason last year.

Important schedule facts

Back-to-backs: 18

Season opener: Oct. 30 at San Antonio Spurs

Home opener: Nov. 1 vs. Detroit Pistons

Longest road trip: Five games from March 26-April 2

Longest homestand: Six games from Nov. 30-Dec. 11

2013-14 schedule

OCTOBER
@ San Antonio Wednesday, October 30 2013 8:30 PM EDT coverage
NOVEMBER
Detroit Friday, November 01 2013 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Dallas Saturday, November 02 2013 8:30 PM EDT coverage
Boston Monday, November 04 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Wednesday, November 06 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Saturday, November 09 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Indiana Monday, November 11 2013 7:00 PM EST coverage
Toronto Wednesday, November 13 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Los Angeles Lakers Friday, November 15 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
@ Sacramento Sunday, November 17 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
@ Los Angeles Clippers Monday, November 18 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
@ Golden State Wednesday, November 20 2013 10:30 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Friday, November 22 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Monday, November 25 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Boston Wednesday, November 27 2013 7:30 PM EST coverage
Brooklyn Saturday, November 30 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
DECEMBER
Phoenix Tuesday, December 03 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, December 05 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Golden State Saturday, December 07 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Orlando Monday, December 09 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Oklahoma City Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ New Orleans Friday, December 13 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Minnesota Sunday, December 15 2013 6:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, December 17 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Dallas Wednesday, December 18 2013 8:30 PM EST coverage
@ New York Saturday, December 21 2013 12:00 PM EST coverage
Utah Monday, December 23 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Houston Thursday, December 26 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Denver Saturday, December 28 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
Chicago Monday, December 30 2013 8:00 PM EST coverage
JANUARY
@ Phoenix Thursday, January 02 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
@ Denver Friday, January 03 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
@ Detroit Sunday, January 05 2014 1:00 PM EST coverage
San Antonio Tuesday, January 07 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Phoenix Friday, January 10 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Atlanta Sunday, January 12 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
Oklahoma City Tuesday, January 14 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Milwaukee Wednesday, January 15 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Sacramento Friday, January 17 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
New Orleans Monday, January 20 2014 5:00 PM EST coverage
@ Houston Friday, January 24 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Houston Saturday, January 25 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Portland Tuesday, January 28 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
@ Sacramento Wednesday, January 29 2014 10:00 PM EST coverage
@ Minnesota Friday, January 31 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
FEBRUARY
Milwaukee Saturday, February 01 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Oklahoma City Monday, February 03 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Dallas Wednesday, February 05 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Atlanta Saturday, February 08 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
@ Cleveland Sunday, February 09 2014 6:00 PM EST coverage
Washington Tuesday, February 11 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Orlando Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
New York Tuesday, February 18 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Clippers Friday, February 21 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Charlotte Saturday, February 22 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, February 26 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
@ Oklahoma City Friday, February 28 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
MARCH
Cleveland Saturday, March 01 2014 9:00 PM EST coverage
@ Washington Monday, March 03 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Brooklyn Wednesday, March 05 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
@ Chicago Friday, March 07 2014 7:00 PM EST coverage
Charlotte Saturday, March 08 2014 8:00 PM EST coverage
Portland Tuesday, March 11 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ New Orleans Wednesday, March 12 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Toronto Friday, March 14 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Philadelphia Saturday, March 15 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Utah Wednesday, March 19 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Miami Friday, March 21 2014 7:30 PM EDT coverage
Indiana Saturday, March 22 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Minnesota Monday, March 24 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Utah Wednesday, March 26 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage
@ Golden State Friday, March 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT coverage
@ Portland Sunday, March 30 2014 9:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Denver Monday, March 31 2014 9:00 PM EDT coverage
APRIL
@ Minnesota Wednesday, April 02 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Denver Friday, April 04 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
@ San Antonio Sunday, April 06 2014 7:00 PM EDT coverage
Miami Wednesday, April 09 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
Philadelphia Friday, April 11 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage
@ Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, April 13 2014 9:30 PM EDT coverage
@ Phoenix Monday, April 14 2014 10:00 PM EDT coverage
Dallas Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:00 PM EDT coverage

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES ROSTER

# POS. DOB W H COLLEGE
Tony Allen 9 GUARD 1/11/1982 213 6-4 Oklahoma State
Andre Barrett 10 GUARD 2/21/1982 172 5-10 Seton Hall
Jerryd Bayless 7 GUARD 8/20/1988 200 6-3 Arizona
Nick Calathes 8 GUARD 2/7/1989 194 6-6 Florida
Mike Conley 11 GUARD 10/11/1987 185 6-1 Ohio State
Ed Davis 32 CENTER 6/5/1989 228 6-10 North Carolina
Melvin Ely 34 CENTER 5/2/1978 261 6-10 Fresno State
Jamaal Franklin 22 GUARD 7/21/1991 205 6-5 San Diego State
Tony Gaffney 24 FORWARD 11/14/1984 205 6-8 Massachusetts
Marc Gasol 33 CENTER 1/29/1985 265 7-1 Spain
Kosta Koufos 41 CENTER 2/24/1989 265 7-0 Ohio State
Jon Leuer 30 FORWARD 5/14/1989 228 6-10 Wisconsin
Mike Miller 13 FORWARD 2/19/1980 218 6-8 Florida
Quincy Pondexter 20 FORWARD 3/10/1988 225 6-6 Washington
Tayshaun Prince 21 FORWARD 2/28/1980 215 6-9 Kentucky
Zach Randolph 50 FORWARD 7/16/1981 260 6-9 Michigan State
Willie Reed 3 FORWARD 5/16/1990 207 6-9 Saint Louis
Janis Timma 0 GUARD 7/2/1992 203 6-7 Memphis

Stats will be available when the regular season begins!

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