Quick Recap: Grizzlies Fall in the City of Angels

The Memphis Grizzlies returned to the same arena on Sunday night, following a huge win on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. A back-to-back with the city of angels teams, could Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers slow down the streaking Grizzlies? Or, could Memphis continue their quick start to the season?

First Quarter:

The Memphis Grizzlies jumped on the Lakers right off the tip at Staples Center. Memphis jumped out to a 10-4 lead on Los Angeles early in the first quarter. For Memphis, their frantic pace in some cases led to missed opportunities as the first quarter went on. The Lakers rallied towards the end of the first quarter. Carmelo Anthony came in for Los Angeles off the bench providing a spark, and boosting the Lakers to a 29-24 lead over Memphis at the end of one quarter.

Second Quarter:

The Grizzlies energy as a whole was low throughout most of the second quarter. At one point, you could see Head Coach Taylor Jenkins yelling and clapping at his guys. Memphis was just being out hustled. Sloppy defense was leading to stagnant offensive possessions for the Grizzlies. Fortunately for the Grizzlies, Ja Morant and Desmond Bane shot the ball really well from beyond the arc in the first half. The Grizzlies only trailed 62-56 heading to the half at Staples.

Third Quarter:

The third quarter Memphis came out of the locker rooms with great energy. Specifically, Ja Morant, who is without a doubt the Grizzlies engine. Morant scored 10 points in the third quarter alone, and captivated the opposing crowd at Staples Center — finishing around the rim, with circus shots, and oozing with energy. Following a halftime deficit, the Grizzlies rallied to retake the lead heading to the fourth quarter at 90-87.

Fourth Quarter:

The Grizzlies dug their feet into the mud throughout the fourth quarter. Despite certain things not going the Grizzlies way, they continued to fight. Every Grizzly that took the floor in the second half fought until the final buzzer. The Grizzlies would fall to the Lakers in the final seconds at Staples Center in Los Angeles 121-118.

Final Stats:

  • Ja Morant – 40 points, 10 assists, 13-21 FG
  • Desmond Bane – 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists
  • Steven Adams – 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists

The Grizzlies will be back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers at 9:00 P.M.

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Police need help finding killer of Ontario man with Hell’s Angels ties

A man killed near Carleton Place, Ont., last fall had ties to outlaw biker gangs and was likely bludgeoned to death inside a former meat-packing plant he’d converted to a legal cannabis grow-op, provincial police say.

Ontario Provincial Police released new details Thursday in the killing of 39-year-old Greg Slewidge, whose badly beaten body was found just outside the eastern Ontario town on Sept. 24, 2020.

“I’m confident there’s people in the Ottawa area that have information that can help us identify the culprit or culprits responsible for Greg’s murder,” said Det. Insp. Chris Landry, from the OPP’s criminal investigation branch.

“I encourage them to come forward with that information.”

Slewidge was the son of Lyndon Slewidge, a retired OPP officer who sang the national anthem at Ottawa Senators’ games for more than two decades.

Shortly before Greg Slewidge was killed, a dark-coloured sedan was seen entering the facility at 1864 Scotch Corners Rd., Landry told reporters.

A member of the Hell’s Angels, Slewidge had rented the former meat-packing facility in 2017 and used it for a legal cannabis growing operation, Landry said.

There was no sign of forced entry, he added.

Ontario Provincial Police have also announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in Slewidge’s killing. (OPP)

In the ensuing attack, Slewidge sustained “blunt force injuries consistent with some type of hard object,” Landry later told CBC in an interview, and the attack was carried out by one or several suspects who may have been wearing “construction-type work boots.”

“Maybe [people] know somebody that purchased boots like this in and around the time of Greg’s murder. Maybe they disposed of boots like this at around the time of Greg’s murder,” said Landry.

“I want to hear from them.”

Det. Insp. Chris Landry is from the OPP’s criminal investigations branch. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)

Tip line launched

In order to get more information, OPP unveiled a van Thursday adorned with a prominent photo of Slewidge and a tip line people can call if they have information.

The van will travel to different communities, the OPP said, while investigators will go door-to-door, sharing pamphlets about the homicide. The tip line is 1-844-478-5656.

“We are confident we can help Greg Slewidge’s family find resolution,” said Craig Abrams, superintendent of operations for OPP East Region.

“Our shared goal is to find out what happened to Greg, and discover why he met with foul play.”

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