Memphis Grizzlies: 3 reasons why you should be excited for preseason opener

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2. We have the chance to see the new Memphis Grizzlies starting lineup

It’ll be interesting to see what starting lineup Head Coach Taylor Jenkins decides to use for this preseason opener. Most seem to agree that he’ll utilize a lineup of Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson, and Steven Adams.

However, there’s a chance he could go smaller with a Memphis Grizzlies starting five of Morant, Desmond Bane, Brooks, Anderson, Jackson. Whatever Jenkins decides to do, he’ll likely be utilizing these preseason games to experiment with different lineups to see how efficient certain combinations play together.

The Memphis Grizzlies organization is filled with players who are unselfish and willing to sacrifice their playing time for the good of the team. Some of those declarations may be tested while Jenkins experiments with different groups during the preseason and early parts of the regular season.

1. It’s the Memphis Grizzlies and they are playing on TNT

What more needs to be said? It’s the Memphis Grizzlies and they have a rare nationally televised game! It doesn’t matter that it’s a meaningless game– coaches and fans get their first glimpse of Grizzlies basketball in months!

The last time we saw meaningful Grizzlies basketball, the team was getting eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. It’s time to see the new look Grizzlies in action against the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks for the first preseason game of 2021.

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You can watch the Memphis Grizzlies vs Milwaukee Bucks live on TNT Oct. 5 at 8 PM ET.