Tweet of the Day: A Tale of Two NBA Quincys

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Quincy is not the most common name among men in America.

It actually ranks 633rd among male names in the U.S.. The most popular Quincy in American history is President John Quincy Adams, the sixth president in our nation’s history.

There aren’t many men in the NBA that bear the name Quincy—only three, to be exact.

Two of the three are actually in the NBA news this week.

Tweet of the Day: Marc Gasol Goes Out For Entertainment

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M-GasolWhat does a star NBA center do when he is recovering from a sprained left knee?

Well, if your Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, you go to the movies.

The NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year took time to take in a feature film on Monday, opting to watch Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.

Marc Gasol out indefinitely with knee sprain

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grizzlies small logoWhile the NBA world waits for news on Derrick Rose’s knee, the Memphis Grizzlies got some bad news on Marc Gasol’s knee.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is out indefinitely with a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL. Surgery is not required, the team announced Saturday.

The 7-1 Gasol suffered the injury in the second quarter of Friday night’s home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He appeared to suffer the injury without contact while playing defense.

Gasol left the game and did not return. Under the supervision of team physician Dr. Fred Azar, he had an MRI on Saturday at the Campbell Clinic that revealed the sprain.

Gasol has been a fixture in the Grizzlies’ lineup, missing just four games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, he is second on the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (7.1) and assists (4.3) while leading the Grizzlies in blocks (1.08). 

In his absence, the Grizzlies likely will start Kosta Koufos, the only other true center on the roster. Koufos was acquired in an offseason trade that sent forward Darrell Arthur to Denver.

The Grizzlies were one of just a handful of teams carrying the minimum 13 players and have two available roster spots. Among the available free agent centers are Marcus Camby, Jason Collins, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown, who was waived this week by Philadelphia.

Tweet of the Day: Zach Randolph Unloads 1,000 Turkeys & Hams

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Grizzlies Knicks BasketballThanksgiving. The day in which we celebrate and give thanks for the harvest and the past year. Traditionally celebrated with a feast, often with family and friends.

For many Americans, such a meal is common. But, there are plenty of people who do not have the means to enjoy Thanksgiving like the rest of us.

Thankfully, there are many people with big hearts, willing to bear the burden of supplying those less fortunate with food for their own celebratory meals. People like Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph.

Thursday, Randolph unloaded 1,000 turkeys and hams for citizens in his hometown community in Marion-Grant County in Indiana as part of his 6th Annual Zach Randolph Turkey and Ham Drive.

Sprung: Pacers Strive on Strong Defense and Intensity – UPDATE

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David WestThe first thing you notice watching the undefeated Indiana Pacers is their intensity.

More than the other seven teams this writer has seen in person this season, Indiana plays hard and aggressive basketball for 48 minutes. Indiana remained unbeaten at 8-0 after Monday’s 95-79 home win over Memphis.

“We are just trying to play our style of basketball,” Pacers forward David West said after Indiana’s hard-fought 96-91 win over the Nets on Saturday in Brooklyn.

That tough, tenacious style includes going hard on every possession and playing the league’s best defense. Indiana has allowed just 84.5 points per game this season, the best mark in the NBA by 6.5 points.

The following chart shows the many ways that the Pacers have the NBA’s best defense:

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