The Memphis Grizzlies are on quite a surge right now, winning 9 of their last 10 games. Over this 10 game stretch, the Grizzlies have notched wins over the Thunder, Rockets, Trail Blazers, and Suns, all of which are potential playoff foes.
As is expected of good Grizzly basketball, defense and rebounding has been the key to this sudden surge of success. In these past 9 victories, the Grizzlies have held their opponents to a field goal percentage of 40.9% and they’ve also out-rebounded their opponents by a margin of 43.3-40.4, which may not seem like a lot, but actually is quite a difference since the difference between the top rebounding team Portland Trail Blazers and the last place rebounding team Miami Heat is around 8 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are starting to show signs of a team that is capable of making a serious playoff run. The defense is there, the point guard play of Mike Conley, Jr. is definitely there, and finally with the return of Marc Gasol, the dominating front court play is back. This team is starting to find its groove at the right time as we head into the all-star break.
The only real question now is whether or not this team needs to make another move before the trade deadline, which is Thursday, February 20th at 3:00 PM ET. At this point, I don’t really see any potential move that makes sense for them to do. They don’t have any really attractive trade chips like a big expiring contract to trade, and more importantly they seem to have already made a quality move in bringing in Courtney Lee to give them a second three-point threat in addition to Mike Miller.
This team seems to have the pieces to make a run in the playoffs as is. They just need to stay healthy and from there see what happens. Once Tony Allen returns to the line up, head coach Dave Joerger will finally have a fully healthy roster to work with, which I’m sure will make the Grizzlies play even better. It’ll certainly make them better defensively, especially along the perimeter.