It's been well-established that the Memphis Grizzlies did not have a particularly good Sunday night, what with blowing Game 1 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers after holding a 27-point lead in the second half. While they thoroughly out-played the Clippers for most of the game, it's hard to take too many positives from the night.
However, the game started with a story that can only bring a smile to your face. In March, our Dan Devine brought you several adorable photos of the Grizzlies holding a tea party with young patients dealing with life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. One of those patient, 7-year-old Ellen Taylor (whom you can see in the first image of that post) rejoined the Grizzlies Sunday night to perform the national anthem before the game.
At such a young age, Ellen has survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma and looks to be on her way to living a full life. We wish her the best of luck, and give huge credit to the Grizzlies organization for involving her in Sunday night's festivities. They might have lost the game in unfortunate fashion, but there's no question that they did a great job in choosing their opening anthem singer.