After winning four straight against the Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the next round of the NBA playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While the Grizzlies are in Oklahoma City for the first two games of the series, back in the Bluff City fans are gearing up for their return.
On Monday the organization hosted a plaza party outside the Grindhouse. Game 3 and 4 tickets went on sale to the public at noon. Game 3, which will be held Saturday at the FedExForum, sold out a few hours. The ticket line for Games 3 and 4 stretched from the box office to Silky O'Sullivans at the corner of Beale Street and South Third.
If the fans outside the arena are going to be the same ones on the inside come Saturday then the Grindhouse will be much louder than, dare we say it, thunder.
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After a 93-91 Game 1 win Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma City holds home court advantage, in Memphis young and old are gearing up for what they hope will be a deep playoff run.
For only the second time in franchise history the Grizzlies are in the Western Conference semifinals and the city of Memphis is abuzz about it.
"It's like an awesome experience to have seen a team that was so bad just a few years ago and turn it around to be a front runner to win the West maybe."
"Playoff fever is just growing with every single game we're having," said John Pugliese, Grizzlies Senior Director of Marketing Communications. "The city is into it, a lot of great partners from First Tennessee, Graceland, and The Orpheum are all showing their Believe Memphis playoff mantra and colors."
Fans lines up for Game 3 and 4 tickets since early in the morning and for some free playoff swag.
"We've been running out of Z-Bo head bands and glasses. We ran out early because the Grizz Nation was live!""
"It's been a lot of fun, you get to see a lot of fans and all the support they are bringing. It really gets you hype for the game we get them hype for the game giving out all of this good free stuff. They love it, we love it."
"It is great out here! Everyone is excited were getting free stuff. I mean who wouldn't want free stuff?!"