MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies would like to think the first perfect 8-0 preseason in the franchise's history will carry over into the regular season.
It certainly would help.
The Grizzlies are 2-13 all-time in season openers and 3-12 in home openers. They did pull off a rare opening win over Orlando to open the 2008-09 season, though that season ended in a 24-58 record.
But these Grizzlies are coming off a 40-42 record with all five starters back for only the second time in team history.
Coach Lionel Hollins says everything starts fresh Wednesday night when the Grizzlies open the season hosting the Atlanta Hawks. But All-Star Zach Randolph thinks that winning feeling, especially all the playing time given to their reserves, won't go away.