The Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Anytime you can beat the Spurs, that’s a big win in the Tim Duncan era, but for the Grizzlies it signified something more than that.
It was the first time that Memphis has registered 50 wins in a single season. Ever. In the entire history of the franchise. To put it in perspective, 50 wins in the NBA is like 10 wins in the NFL. It’s the mark of a pretty good team. It almost always assures you of a playoff spot and puts you right in the thick of it as well. There are exceptions of course, but if your team posts 50 wins then you’re probably a top 5 seed and have a decent shot of winning at least one round in the playoffs.
To be fair, the Grizzlies won at a pace that reflects a 50 win team last season but because of the lockout, 50 wins was almost impossible to comprehend. Only the Chicago Bulls and the aforementioned Spurs pulled it off.
If you missed the Spurs game for some reason, read my main man John Hugar’s game recap here because it was a doozy.
But now the Grizzlies have to hit the road to play the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers are still technically alive in the hunt for the 8 seed in the Western Conference but they need a ton of help. Playoff team or not, the Blazers are always tough at home.
The Grizzlies actually won in Portland near the beginning of March but have struggled on the road recently, losing six straight contests away from home.
The Grizzlies haven’t played well on the road, but I think Lionel Hollins has his troops ready tonight as he brings his team back to his old stomping grounds.