Fans show appreciation as Grizzlies win home court advantage

(WMC-TV) – The Grizzlies made Memphis believe Thursday night as the NBA playoff-bound team secured home court advantage in round one with a win against the Orlando Magic.

Screaming their favorite players' names, and practicing their Grizz cheers, fans were outside  FedEx Forum before Thursday night's game during a special Grizzlies fan appreciation party complete with DJ's and games.  Serious fans described just what it means to see the Grizzlies make it to the playoffs in back- to-back seasons.

"I love it because it gives us a chance to shine," Kevin Gideon says. "They represent us. They are who we are, and it's fun, down-to-earth basketball. Let's play."

And the chance to play with home-court advantage only makes these fans more eager to start the series.

"Home court advantage, oh yea! That's a big deal right. Oh yes can't wait," says fan Syl Samuels.

He also has a message for his favorite player:

"Let's go Rudy Gay!"

The Grizzlies defeated Orlando 88-76 securing home court advantage against the Clippers.