Episode #73: Z-Bo: Sixth Man of the Year?

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Zach Randolph’s candidacy for Sixth Man of the Year, and who some of the challengers might be.
  • How can the Grizzlies win four straight games right after losing five straight? How much of that is tied to Marc Gasol’s engagement level?
  • Is Chandler Parsons ever going to play again?
  • The effect of Gasol’s three-point shooting on the Grizzlies
  • Bench numbers after the All-Star Break, and a requiem for Toney Douglas
  • A preview of the weekend’s Griz/Warriors matchup.

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Episode #72: Torn Knees, Mended Lineups

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The big news of last night: Chandler Parsons is out indefinitely with a partial meniscus tear. What does that mean for the Grizzlies this year? What about the years after that?
  • How much better does it make the Grizzlies (this season, anyway) not to have Parsons taking up 20 minutes of rotation time?
  • Vince Carter’s incredible night in a big win over the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Are the Grizzlies the West’s Atlanta Hawks? Are the fans OK with that?
  • Is Mike Conley mediocre? (Spoiler: no)
  • With the Grizzlies rest Gasol on one of the East road games this week?

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Episode #71: Losing, Parsons, and #FreeJamesEnnis

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Our email thread from last week about what makes the Grizzlies hard to talk about
  • What happened to the Grizzlies against Dallas and Houston? What is it about athletic centers and bad help defense?
  • Should the Grizzlies really have done nothing at the trade deadline?
  • A preview of this week: Brooklyn, the Clippers, and Atlanta
  • Why can’t James Ennis get back into the rotation?
  • Everyone finally agrees: Chandler Parsons should have shut it down for the year a couple of weeks ago.

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Episode #70: Grading the Grizzlies

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, which means Boogie and Anthony Davis are both on a team in the Southwest Division.
  • We grade the Grizzlies at the All-Star Break, including what we think of:
    • Griz Twitter
    • The Grizzlies front office
    • David Fizdale
    • Brandan Wright (hint: it’s an incomplete)
    • JaMychal Green
    • James Ennis
    • The Grizzlies as a team

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Episode #69: Have a Nice All-Star Break

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Heading into the All Star break, are the Grizzlies overperforming or underperforming our preseason expectations? Can they do both?
  • The Grizzlies’ big win over the Spurs and not-a-big-deal loss to the Golden State Warriors.
  • How consistently good the Grizzlies’ broadcast crews are on both TV and radio.
  • Phil thinks the Grizzlies will end up with the 5th seed; Kevin says 5th or 6th.
  • What would a Grizzlies/Jazz playoff series look like?
  • Zach Randolph’s great year coming off the bench, and what it says about David Fizdale as a coach.

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Episode #68: Requiem for a Troy

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The hilarious Chandler Parsons/CJ McCollum Twitter beef
  • Why did the Grizzlies lose to the Blazers?
  • Zach Randolph’s stellar play on the first half of this road trip
  • Conley’s new career high Monday against the Suns
  • Arguing about the All Star reserves (not much arguing, though)
  • Comparing and contrasting Marc Gasol and Boogie Cousins
  • A preview of the games coming up this week
  • Beyond the Arc remembers our brief fling with Troy Williams

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Episode #67: Is it time to worry yet?

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • ESPN’s Zach Lowe loves JaMychal Green and so do we
  • With the Grizzlies’ bad loss to the Rockets, is it time to start worrying?
  • The Wizards game, and how real is a “schedule loss,” anyway?
  • Bigger All-Star starting snub: Marc Gasol or Russell Westbrook?
  • The week coming up: Toronto is banged up, the Blazers aren’t as good as we thought, and Utah plays tough and slow just like the Grizzlies.

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Episode #65: MLK Day, All Stars, Playoff matchups, and more

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • My piece about how the NBA has turned Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday into an excuse to make money, and how you can’t just stop at the “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • The Grizzlies’ National Civil Rights Museum alternate jerseys were extremely cool
  • Tony Allen named his All-Stars, so we named our starters.
  • Who’s going to make the Finals? A look at potential playoff battles at the halfway point of the season.
  • Relationships between players and media, and being in the locker room.
  • More talk about the playoffs and what “if healthy” means.

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Episode #64: Not Memphis Enough

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The Warriors game! In which the Grizzlies pulled off a miraculous comeback against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
  • Are the Warriors in trouble, or did the Grizzlies just catch them on a bad night? How much better is the Grizzlies’ bench?
  • The controversy over bringing Z-Bo off the bench.
  • Why is Chandler Parsons not “Memphis” enough?
  • How much of a healthy Parsons will the Grizzlies see this year? 75%? 85%?
  • Which Grizzlies should be All Stars?
  • Mark Jackson called out the way ESPN promotes the Warriors. Was he right? (Yes.)

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Episode #63: Resting, the Schedule, and Conley's Return

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Mike Conley is back, but should he be?
  • Are NBA teams going overboard resting players? Did Memphis get screwed by LeBron James' rest?
  • Should the NBA shorten the schedule to eliminate back-to-backs? (Yes.)
  • Phil thinks the NBA should institute a disabled list or injured reserve, and he's right.
  • The Grizzlies are playing the Celtics Tuesday and the Pistons Wednesday.
  • Will Gasol go back to playing deferentially now that so many guys are returning from injury?
  • Mike D'Antoni, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets are coming to town on Friday for the first time.
  • What Christmas gifts would Kevin and Phil give the Grizzlies?

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Episode #62: Warriors Beatdown Edition

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • THE WARRIORS GAME
  • Marc Gasol is currently playing like an MVP
  • The contributions of the Troys: Williams and Daniels
  • Should the Grizzlies rest Gasol at Cleveland?
  • Dave Joerger’s return to Memphis Friday night, and a shared dislike of Matt Barnes

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Episode #61: The Fizdale Effect

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • A fairly uneventful home-and-home with Miami

  • The Grizzlies will miss Zach Randolph while he’s out

  • How the Grizzlies’ defense got them back on track

  • Everyone ignores Phil when he’s right, including Kevin

  • Was the 2OT Sixers win a quality win?

  • How badly do the Grizz miss James Ennis? What about Chandler Parsons?

  • Does Fizdale really know what he’s doing? Why are the grizzlies so much more motivated?

  • What are the Griz doing with rest on B2B’s? Do they know?

  • This week: Charlotte, Toronto, Orlando, Lakers

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Episode #60: Clipper Psychology, Vince and Zach, and Previews

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Is Kevin still being negative this season?
  • Are the Clippers really the best team in the NBA?
  • What’s going on with the Grizzlies’ defense?
  • Bench superstars: Vince Carter and Zach Randolph
  • Is Andrew Harrison actually… good?
  • Listener question: what’s the difference between covering games live or at home?
  • Are we worried about Chandler Parsons yet? (Not really)
  • Previews: Mavericks, Wolves, Hornets, Sixers
  • There’s Brandan Wright news and it ain’t good

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Episode #59: November Surprises and Optimism

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • What’s the most surprising thing about the Grizzlies’ season so far?
    • Z-Bo’s usage rate and bad defense
    • Chandler Parsons’ earlier-than-expected return
  • Has James Ennis been the Grizzlies’ most surprising player so far?
  • What has JaMychal Green done to become a starter-quality player?
  • The potential of the Conley - Ennis - Parsons - Green - Gasol lineup to space the floor
  • The rookies and young guys and their various rates of development
  • The non-young guy doing the best: the very impressive Vince Carter
  • Where will the Grizzlies finish in the West standings? Which teams are playing above their heads right now?

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Episode #58: Official 2016–17 predictions

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The latest NBA GM survey says the Grizzlies will be the 7th seed in the West; Kevin agrees with that, and Phil thinks it’s too low, so…
  • Official Beyond the Arc Pod Predictions:
    • Phil: 53–29, 4th seed
    • Kevin: 46–36, 7th seed
  • How excited Kevin is for the upcoming season even though that may seem like a pessimistic win total prediction.
  • Optimism about Fizdale vs. optimism about Joerger — Starting over after years of Hollins and Joerger influence, the seeming unity among the Grizzlies FO, coaching, and the roster
  • Zach Randolph in the bench: a stealth attack primed to demolish second units?
  • Troy Williams and Jordan Adams: who stays and who goes?
  • What to watch for in the Grizzlies’ season opener against Minnesota, and the possibility of rest during the season’s first back-to-back.

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Episode #57: Preseason broadcast blues, Troy Williams, and Parsons-as-LeBron

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Why can’t we watch any of these preseason game? Fans want to see them… in 2016, why is it still possible for the NBA preseason to be completely off TV?
  • Marc Gasol got a bone bruise in his right foot during Saturday night’s game against the Houston Rockets
  • Zach Lowe (in his Crazy Predictions piece) predicted that the Grizzlies won’t make the playoffs. Are guys getting “content fatigue” with all of these previews and taking the easy way out on the Grizzlies?
  • Does it really serve the NBA to keep good teams off of national television over time?
  • Has Troy Williams played well enough for the Grizzlies to keep him?
  • Phil doesn’t like Wade Baldwin IV. Is it just because he saw the Atlanta game where Schröder took him to town?
  • Is David Fizdale crazy to say he’s going to use Chandler Parsons the same way he used LeBron? And why isn’t Parsons back on the floor yet?
  • The new-look Z-Bo (17 shots in 23 minutes against OKC) and the new-look Gasol (who has been told he should shoot 4 3-pointers a game).

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Episode #56: Farewell, T-Wrote; and Zach Lowe's League Pass rankings

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • The Grizzlies waived Tony Wroten and signed Vince Hunter, because Brandan Wright had to play 23 minutes against the Hawks.
  • Is Wade Baldwin IV going to be the answer at backup point guard? What about Fizdale's two-PG lineups?
  • Where does Brandan Wright fit into the second unit? Kevin wrote about it after Thursday night's game.
  • How much will Marc Gasol's three-pointers open up the paint for the Grizzlies? Does he have to be Ray Allen to make a difference?
  • How many minutes is Zach Randolph going to end up playing coming off the bench? Probably more than it seems like.
  • Phil was not happy about the Grizzlies' 17th place spot on Zach Lowe's League Pass Power Rankings. Is he right?
  • Is anybody in the West actually going to beat the Warriors this year?

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Episode #55: Injuries, Free Agents, Fizdale and The Future

The Beyond the Arc podcast is back for a third season! This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Mike Conley’s five-year deal: was it the right thing to do given his injury history? Would he really have walked to Dallas?
  • The Chandler Parsons signing: was it too big of a gamble given his history? How does he make the Grizzlies better?
  • Who is Chandler Parsons going to kick the ball out to?
  • When the going gets tough, are the Grizzlies going to stick to Fizdale’s system or are they going to bail out?
  • Is it still Zach Randolph’s team? Are Mike and Marc the go-to guys now?
  • Is JaMychal Green going to make the roster?
  • What are the Grizzlies going to do if their rookies can’t reliably play the backup point guard spot?
  • Are injuries the only thing that can keep the Grizzlies from making the playoffs?

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Episode #54: Offseason Preview

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • David Fizdale is hiring his staff. Is his goal to get the Grizzlies to the playoffs? Is that within his control?
  • Can Gasol and Conley stay healthy for a full season next year?
  • Are we confident the Grizzlies can find talent with the 17th pick?
  • Will the Grizzlies bring Lance Stephenson back on his team option, and if not, will they try to bring him back at all?
  • Playing devil’s advocate: who plays PG if Conley leaves?
  • A rundown of some free agents who the Grizzlies could look at.

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Episode #53: Fizdale Quick Take

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about:

  • Would David Fizdale be a good hire?
  • How much of a factor is player development if Mike Conley stays with the Grizzlies?
  • Is Fizdale hire a sign that Conley is leaving?
  • Woj breaks the Fizdale news while we are recording
  • Will Mike Brown be on Fizdale’s staff?
  • What does a new coach mean for what the Grizzlies will do next year offensively? Is “Grit & Grind” dead?
  • Does a Fizdale hire mean Chalmers will be back?

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