Friday, January 31, 2020

Our trip to Grizzlies vs. Suns, January 26, 2020

Shortly before the game, we learned of the death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash earlier that day.

I'm holding the game's giveaway: a rally flag.  This was Lucky's second Grizzlies game, his first being earlier in the season, which was attended by just himself & Katie.

Us two cuties before the game.

We got upgraded seats after we got to FedExForum, but we were all spread out!

Barbra and I sat in Section 109, Row S, Seats 15 & 16...

...Katie & Lucky sat in Pinnacle 4...

...and Scott sat in Section 115.

Right before the game, the Grizzlies had a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.  We heard before the game that at the beginning of the Raptors/Spurs game that day, both teams had taken 24-second shot clock violations to start the game to honor Bryant's #24.  I wondered if the Grizzlies & Suns would do that, too.  So sure enough, after the Grizzlies won the tip, they let the 24-second shot clock expire.  Then the Suns inbounded the ball in the backcourt without advancing it to the frontcourt.  I was thinking, "They're going to get an 8-second violation for not advancing it, why aren't they advancing it?"  Then I realized what they were doing: they were honoring the #8 that Bryant wore at the beginning of his career.  Then the crown chanted, "Kobe!  Kobe!"  The game clock also went out for a short while after the two violations, but I don't know whether it was part of the tribute, or if they were just having technical problems.

The series finale of Star Wars Resistance was also going to air that night, so I wore my Grizzlies/Star Wars hat, shirt, and lanyard!  (Well, I would've worn the lanyard anyway.  It holds my MVP Credential!)

The Grizzlies won 114-109

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