Herrington: For Grizzlies, NBA Finals offer hope for next season

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 05, 2024 7:28 PM CT | Published: June 05, 2024 2:45 PM CT
Chris Herrington
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Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.

The NBA Finals tip off Thursday night, and the Dallas Mavericks, a fifth seed from the Memphis Grizzlies’ own Southwest Division with only one player on this season’s All-NBA team, will represent the Western Conference against the end-to-end East favorite Boston Celtics.

How should the Grizzlies, watching from the couch, feel about that? 

Two ways: They’re bitter at what was definitely a good opportunity lost but also hopeful the circumstances allowed the Mavericks’ breakthrough seem likely to repeat next season.

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What makes an NBA title team? 

The parameters have expanded of late. Have they expanded enough for a team built like the Memphis Grizzlies to squeak through? 

As has been widely noted, the Dallas-Boston winner will mark the sixth-straight season the NBA will crown a different champion with no prior champ cycling back to win another in this stretch. 


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