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Is flying under the radar a good thing for the Grizzlies?

Earlier this week on Beale Street Bears, we rightfully complained about the Grizzlies only getting one nationally televised game scheduled for the entire 2014-15 season. Given their recent playoff history with the Clippers, Thunder, and Spurs, one would think that the Grizzlies would get at least a handful of nationally televised games instead of just one. But one game is what we are left with and rather than continuing to complain and raise our fists to the sky in outrage over the matter, I would rather argue that this lack of exposure is actually a good thing for the Grizzlies.

The reason why this lack of exposure is a good thing for the Grizzlies is that it will motivate them and give them an even greater chip on their shoulders. If you watch even so much as five minutes of Grizzlies basketball, you find out that they don’t like to make things easy on their opponents. They win games by making their opponents uncomfortable through their physicality, energy, and hustle. Those qualities are only accentuated by having more motivation which is why the more motivation the Grizzlies have, the better.

If every talking head in sports counted out the Grizzlies and publicly dismissed them, I would be happy because I would know that the Grizzlies would use that as motivation. As Grizzlies fans, we need to not care that our team doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves or that everybody assumes they won’t do any damage in the playoffs. Let the public think that! All that we need to care about is that our team is designed to bring the pain and make things a living nightmare for whoever they face in the playoffs. So long as the Grizzlies remain built to do just that, what else really matters?

While  I do agree it’s a joke that the Grizzlies are getting almost zero exposure, I take great pride in knowing that the Grizzlies will use this lack of exposure as motivation to prove everybody wrong come playoff time. If they were getting more love and respect, it would only give them less of a reason to be motivated which would hurt their style of play.

But by going zero dark thirty while their peers are flying under clear blue skies, the Grizzlies actually gain an advantage. They get less pressure, more motivation, and less distractions. The only people who care about how they play or what they do is everybody in Grizz Nation and that is it.While teams like the Knicks and Lakers have inflated expectations, big egos, and nowhere to go but down, the Grizzlies instead have nowhere to go but up which I think will serve them well this season and in the years to come.

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