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Four Things to Know from Grizzlies Preseason Opener/Grizzlies defeat Magic 92-84

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October 03, 2017 - 1:00 am

The Grizzlies defeated the Orlando Magic 92-84 in their preseason opener at FedexForum Monday night. As the Grizzlies embark on a new era, it is imperative to establish roles in games that don't count in the win/loss column.

Here are four things to know from the Grizzlies preseason opener:

Small Ball Grizz

The projected starters, Marc Gasol & JaMychal Green, didn't suit up.  David Fizdale's new "faster" style of play was on display from the tip. Fizdale started Chandler Parsons at the four which allowed the Grizzlies to play at a quicker pace with more floor spacing. The ball movement was crisp and fast as the Grizzlies pushed the ball up and down the court at every opportunity. At times, every Grizz player on the floor had the ability to rebound the ball and push it up the floor. "We don't have just one designated ball handler, anybody who gets the rebound can push it." said Grizzlies PG Mike Conley. A new style also comes with mistakes as the Grizzlies turned the ball over 17 times in their preseason opener.

New LED Scoreboards are a game changer 

The new scoreboards inside FedEx Forum looked as good as advertised. From the slow-motion dance-cam videos, to the in-game replays and graphics, the LED screens will provide fans with an all new way to watch Memphis Grizzlies basketball. 

Super Mario rejuvenated 

Mario Chalmers didn't look like someone who tore his Achilles 17 months prior. The savvy veteran had no problem knocking down floaters in the lane and getting to the rim finishing with contact.  Chalmers lead all Grizzlies with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field in 19 minutes off the bench. Chalmers contract is partially guaranteed but it appears that Rio could be an important piece of the new look Grizzlies if he can stay healthy. 

Motivated Jarell Martin

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