Thanks to a couple of losses by the Phoenix Suns, our Memphis Grizzlies are now in the #8 spot in the Western Conference!!! I know it’s only by half a game, but this is really exciting!!! Better yet, the Dallas Mavericks are only 1 game ahead of the Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors are only 3 games ahead. The point is, the Grizzlies are in prime position to not only make the playoffs, but also get the #6 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. As for their schedule that is coming up, they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at home on Tuesday before hitting the road with stops in New Orleans, Toronto, and Philadelphia. They should be able to take 3 out of these next 4 games, and it would be greatly beneficial if they did since they have games against the Heat and Pacers coming up along with a road trip out to Utah, Golden State, Portland, Denver, and Minnesota. These next 4 games are huge for the Grizzlies as they look to set themselves up for good positioning in the playoffs.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord