More Grizzlies fans make the trip to Minneapolis to watch Game 4
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Game 4 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves had a late start, a warning at 9 p.m., but not late enough for a few groups of Grizz fans to attend. stick together and see if the Bluff City franchise can claim victory.
After the historic Game 3 victory for the Grizzlies, some of the fans we spoke with admitted that their trip to the Twin Cities for Game 4 was an impulsive decision, one they hope pays off with a Grizzlies victory.
“We booked a flight yesterday,” Memphis resident Heather Wallace said.
“This is my first time in Minneapolis,” Antonio Braxton of Memphis said. “Why not live a little?!”
It was a decent turnout for the Memphis Grizzlies, decent being needles in the haystack who were ready to run the Memphis 800 miles.
Many of them were fired up by Thursday’s Game 3 comeback win.
“It was totally last minute,” Dallas’ Marea Swaffer said. “We had a dodgy run in Memphis, and we said we were going to Minnesota.”
“We talked about going to an away game,” Memphis’ Michael Zepatos said. “I went to several away games throughout the year, and especially after game 3, we had to be here for game 4.”
Even transplanted and foreign fans have made the journey, short and long, in hopes of seeing a performance from Grizzlies stars like Ja Morant.
“Their motivation keeps them going,” said Jaxen Vohs of Polk City, Iowa. “I mean, when they were down 25 points in the fourth with 10 minutes to go, they came back and won by ten.”
“I love Ja Morant. I have his shirt. I wasn’t going to wear it. I was going to wear it, but I didn’t want people to think I jumped on the bandwagon,” Tread said McBrayer, a Memphis native who moved to Minneapolis in 1985. “I was always ‘always Memphis.’”
“It was never like this,” Wallace said. “They’ve never looked like this before, and the love they have for each other, the energy, it just brings it out.”
“They showed their perseverance and they embodied the city of Memphis,” Braxton said. “I’m just trying to represent.”
With a victory, fans have no doubt the series ends in 5 in Memphis.
“We have a legitimate shot at winning the championship,” Braxton said.
Vohs said “I think they can win it all.”
“We are brave,” Swaffer said. “We are here to play and I think everyone doubts us. Let them continue to doubt, and we will continue to make an impression.
At the time of this article, Game 4 wasn’t even halfway there.
The hope, of course, is to win, but if the Grizzlies fall, they’ll have another shot at making the series in front of many, many more fans at FedExForum at home.
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