The Memphis Grizzlies have spent almost a week now being regarded as an elite team by NBA talking heads. Starting last Sunday, the Grizzlies beat the defending World Champions at home, and blew them out at that.
It was one game, and anything can happen in one game, especially at home in the NBA.
So the Grizzlies took their act on the road and beat the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder. On an ESPN national telecast no less.
That’s all well and good, but how would the Grizzlies stack up against the last undefeated team in the NBA? We found out on Friday night when the Grizzlies played, and beat, the Knicks. That game was also on ESPN.
The Grizzlies are in the midst of an eight game winning streak and as has been pointed out by multiple outlets today, four teams in NBA history have followed a loss in their first game with eight straight wins. Three of those teams have won an NBA title that same season.
These are heady times.
If the Grizzlies want to extend their winning streak to nine, they’ll need to get past the Denver Nuggets in the friendly confines of the FedEx Forum.
The Nuggets were one of the teams involved in getting Andrew Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers as they essentially traded Arron Afflalo for Andre Iguodala, one of the league’s elite perimeter defenders.
Iguodala is an All-Star caliber talent and his addition had the Nuggets looking to take the next step in their post-Carmelo rebuild.
Instead, the Nuggets have taken a small step back in getting off to a 4-6 start through 10 games.
The Nuggets lost their third straight for the second time last time out and have not had a ton of success in Memphis in general, let alone the past two years. Denver is 2-5 on the road so far.
The Nuggets do have nice pieces, however and the season is still quite young.
The biggest story in this game will be how the Grizzlies deal with success. A lot of times, a team seemingly breaks through, gets complacent and loses the very edge that got them to where they wanted to be in the first place.