The Memphis Grizzles again recognized the Muslim community at its third annual Islamic Heritage Night the FedEx Forum on Saturday.
The Griz teamed up with 901 Ummah for a day of basketball. The event started off at 1 p.m. with attendees playing on the court. Attendees ages 17 and under engaged in different activities and played in 15-minute games from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and attendees ages 17 and up shot some hoops form 3 p.m. to 5p.m.
Before the game against the Atlanta Hawks, attendees got the opportunity to pray Magrib and Isha in the Draft Room.
The game started at 8 p.m with the Grizzlies looking to rebound from their four-game losing streak. However, the team's lack of energy and tenacity was apparent from the opening tip.
The Hawks were able to run up a 33-15 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. While the Grizzlies did show flashes of the team fans were accustomed to seeing prior to the All Star Break, these instances were few and far between.