á The new-look 2009 Memphis Grizzlies showed a lot of the same weaknesses as teams in the past. á Memphis had 17,000 fans fill FedEx Forum Wednesday night for the 2009 season opening 96-74 loss to the Detroit Pistons (1-0). They saw two glaring holes that must be filled for this team to gain respectability: bench depth and defense. á Preseason injuries did hurt the Grizzlies (0-1) and forced the team to go deeper into their bench.áAllen Iverson did not dress for the game and Darrell Arthur is out for four months with an injury. á But the stat line for the current reserves were less than stellar. Rookie DeMarre Carrol, guard Marcus Williams, and second-overall pick Hasheem Thabeet played at least 10 minutes each. The trio combined for only six points, one assist, and nine rebounds. Tha ...
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