The Memphis Grizzlies' schedule release is another punch in the gut for a fanbase that has had little to be happy about since Jamaal Franklin fell to them on draft night. This slate gives no reward to a team that broke through for its best season ever.
Memphis faces a few tough turns in the 82-game journey. They start with a tough road game against the San Antonio Spurs. Between March and April, they play 12 contests in a span of 17 on the road.
This presents a test for a squad that earned its first winning road record in 2012-13.
Granted, they do find a couple of breaks. After the opener, the Grizz play seven of nine matches against potential lottery teams. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, the Grizzlies play 11 of 15 games at home.
Their 16 back-to-backs aren't among the highest in the league.
The Grizz are still treated like a run-of-the-mill, small-market team after their first trip past the initial two rounds of the playoffs. They receive only six nationally televised games on ESPN or TNT and seven on NBA TV.
Following is a look of some of the most interesting games, as the Grizzlies aim to improve their winning percentage for a fifth straight season.