Possibly best known by the fact their part-owner is Justin Timberlake, the Grizzlies fly under the radar, despite a good system and recent pedigree of success. Memphis always finishes around the middle of the pack, at least in the past five years, but they have not found a way to breakthrough and pass the league’s elite teams. Two years ago, they made it to the Western Conference Finals, but ultimately lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Retaining Marc Gasol in free agency last year was a big move, but the Grizzlies lack a flashy player.
They move the ball well, as evidenced by four players scoring 10 or more points a game, but defense is where they shine most. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are effective posts with great rebounding skills, while Mike Conley at the point is can keep up to the best of them. Tony Allen, who doesn’t score much, is one of the best shutdown players in the NBA, while few match the intensity of Matt Barnes.
Where Memphis is hurt is the fact that the don’t have a player that can take over a game if needed. It’s one of the biggest problems they have in close contests.
Looking like they’ll be battling in the middle of the Western conference, Memphis has a chance to knock off a higher seed, as they often play spoiler in playoffs.
Memphis Grizzlies next game
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Memphis Grizzlies regular season schedule
The remaining games on the schedule leave Memphis with some tough games, as they play Golden State, Cleveland, Boston, San Antonio (twice), the Clippers and Toronto. It’s safe to assume Memphis should finish out these remaining games just over .500, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can pull off any upsets.
Memphis Grizzlies standings
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