Memphis Grizzlies: What Should Fans Expect Next Season?

July 17th, 2012 by Clint Eiland Leave a reply »
There is no doubt that the Grizzlies are a dangerous team. Their starting five are arguably the most complete in the league, and that's not even factoring in their decent bench. Simply put, this Memphis team is loaded.

On the flip side, so are a lot of teams in the Western Conference.

The past two playoff runs for the Grizzlies are peculiar. Both times, somebody has been injured or not back to full form, but each gave us completely different results.

The first was when Rudy Gay was injured for the 2011 playoffs. Despite insurmountable odds against the top-seeded Spurs, Memphis prevailed, partly due to the heroics of Zach Randolph, who dominated both offensively and defensively. Not only did they pull off the upset, but they also pushed the Thunder to the limit. Ultimately, they lost in seven, but it was a year that nobody will ever forget.

The next one, not so much. While Gay returned full health, Randolph had been injured for more than a month, which did not give the team proper time to blend. When things were rolling, it was an absolute show on the court. When they weren't, Memphis looked inept to play basketball.

Barring any ...

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