This shouldn’t come as a major shock to anyone, but the Grizzlies are officially a playoff team for the third straight year. After the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz tonight, it became official. Where the Grizzlies will end up in the playoffs is still a bit of a mystery.
Right now, they’re in 5th place, but they could very easily be in third before too long. The Nuggets are 49-22, the Clippers are 48-22, and the Grizzlies are 47-22. Anyone could wind up grabbing that highly coveted 3-seed, and in the next few weeks, it should be a very intense battle, as all three teams have been on their game lately, especially the Nuggets who would be a much bigger story if not for the epic winning streak the Miami Heat ar embarking on.
This is the second time the Grizzlies have made the playoffs in three consecutive ears, the first coming with their 2003-06 run, when Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Shane Battier were the leaders of the team. Those teams were swept in every year, however, while the current incarnation of the Grizzlies has been far more successful in the postseason. In 2011, they came within one win of the Western Conference finals, while last year’s lost their first round series to the Clippers in seven games, despite putting up an extremely valiant fight.
This team might be the finest Grizzlies team the organization has ever fielded. They are currently 25 games over .500, the farthest over that mark this team has ever been. Whether that will ultimately lead to playoff success remains to be seen, but they are certainly on the right track. Over the next few weeks, the Grizzlies will attempt to secure the highest playoff seed they can, but in the mean time, fans can take pride in knowing their team has established themselves as a year-in year-out threat in the Western Conference. Whether they’ll contend for a title this season is unknown for now, but they’re certainly on the right track.