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Grizzlies Shaping Into Contenders

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The chant started with 2:45 left in the final game of the season.

“BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A.”

That will be considerably easier after what happened Thursday at FedExForum. The Grizzlies clinched home-court advantage for the first time, defeating the Orlando Magic, 88-76. The Clippers are coming to Memphis. Game one tips off at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at FedExForum.

“TCB,” said Tony Allen. “We took care of business the right way.”

But, then, maybe we should have expected that of these remarkable Grizzlies.

This is a team that lost Zach Randolph for the bulk of the season.

This is a team that lost Darrell Arthur for the whole of it.

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