Grind City Views: Grizz in national power rankings (Week 4)
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“Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley and Brandan Wright are already dealing with injuries. Let’s hope this isn’t last season all over again.”
Let’s just not talk about that.
“If the bench can continue to perform, Memphis will be in a good place. Now it’s just a matter of getting the starting lineup out of the bottom 10 in net rating.”
The bench was a concern going into the season, but Zach Randolph has performed well. Expect the starting unit to slowly improve, now that they have some continuity.
“Vince Carter has had a bit of a renaissance the last two games (37 points on 15-for-24 shooting), but the Grizz rank last offensively (by a wide margin) in November, with six of their next nine games against top-10 defenses.”
The upcoming games against these defenses should be a solid litmus test. 3 or 4 wins could go a long way for the confidence of this team.
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“Memphis plays Monday in Utah, then Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers, with neither assignment looking especially appealing when the Grizz are unhappy with their defense and still don’t have Tony Allen back.”
Their defensive efficiency is 103.9, which is only 15th in the league. Obviously, having Tony Allen back should move the needle on this number.
“New coach, still can’t shoot. (29th in effective field goal percentage.) Added Chandler Parsons, still can’t shoot. Added new roster components, still can’t shoot. Can’t shoot, can’t shoot, can’t shoot.”
Grizzlies could possibly fix their shooting woe’s by addressing the current dilemma at shooting guard.
Last week: 1-1
This weeks games: @UTA, @LAC, @DAL, vs MIN
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