As the Grizzlies prepare to take on the Philadelphia 76ers, here are a few things I’m watching for in this game.
- How do the Grizzlies respond to success? Beating the Heat was a big move in the right direction for this club as they fight to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, but how are they going to respond to that win against a less than formidable 76ers squad? In all reality this game should not be close and Memphis should be able to rest the majority of it’s key guys in the fourth quarter. As we approach the playoffs, the Grizzlies need to be taking care of business and come out with a purpose tonight.
- Pace Yourselves. I will be looking to see if the Grizzlies enforce their style of play early in this game. If this contest becomes a slowed down, grind it out type of basketball game then I would expect to see a very lopsided score in favor of the home team. This is another crucial piece to gauging just how ready this team is to lay claim to a playoff spot in an ultra-competitive conference.
- Multiple Facilitators. I would also like to see the Grizzlies get up early and get some extended run for Nick Calathes and James Johnson. These two guys are not only the X-Factors for this team, but capable of being facilitators for the offense off of the bench. If these two can start getting hot, and if the Grizz can sneak into the playoffs, we could be seeing a deep run by this club.