NEW YORK — Don’t look now (you’re too late, anyway, the preseason is over), but the Grizzlies were the NBA’s most improved Canadian outcast during the exhibition schedule, their sole setback to the champion Spurs.

Pau Gasol’s even better than last season. Jason Williams has gotten himself under more control. James Posey, Earl Watson and Bo Outlaw actually listen to Hubie Brown’s lectures and learn from them.

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