Feb 4, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (standing) celebrates from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Randolph had previously fouled out. The Grizzlies won 107-99. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Welcome to the Memphis Grizzlies: Best and Worst – a column that dives into the positives and negatives from the most recent week of Grizzlies basketball. To kick things off, we look at Memphis’ most recent six-game road stretch.
So, we’re doing a new thing. Pretty excited about it, too.
This new column is titled “Best and Worst of the Week”. The concept is simple: we aggregate the positives and negatives from the past few games (or when the playoffs get here – a series), and lay them out for you in an orderly fashion.
The goal of this column is to compile the roller-coaster of emotions that is Grizzlies hoops, analyze them and explain to you, the fans, what in the world actually happened.
This Memphis team recently finished a six-game road trip, playing all of those games in the matter of 10 days. They topped the Timberwolves, Suns, Jazz and Nuggets, but fell short to the Trailblazers and the Thunder.
This week, the Grizzlies face the San Antonio Spurs for the first time this season, followed by a second visit from the Golden State Warriors. This is a tough week to make mistakes.
Feb 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) guards Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (25) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Memphis’ $94 million-dollar acquisition has yet to prove his worth to many anxious Grizzlies fans. Still, there’s little reason to worry.
The rise of Chandler Parsons is full-steam ahead. He played 25 minutes Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 12 points on 50-percent shooting – including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Parsons’ three-pointer is still a little flat. Fear not, it will fall. #ShootersShoot
Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, JaMychal Green
Mikey Conley suffered a fractured back. Marc Gasol is playing elite basketball following a foot injury last season that many big-men don’t come back from. JaMychal green had his face broken.
Today? Mike Conley is an All-Star snub, Marc Gasol is actually #GasolStar and JaMychal Green just scored a career-high 29 points to lift Memphis over Minneapolis.
THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES ARE SCORING A LOT OF POINTS!
I’m going to say this a little louder for the people in the back:
THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES HAVE BECOME AN OFFENSIVE POWERHOUSE HEADING INTO THE FINAL STRETCH OF THE SEASON.
Jan 30, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) dribbles the ball up the court with center Marc Gasol (33) in the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Now that serious health is no longer an issue, coach David Fizdale’s system is falling into place. With plans to speed up the Grizzlies offensive game, fans worried that the Grit ‘N’ Grind defense would fade away.
It certainly did, for a handful of games.
Fortunately, for fans and the franchise alike, the Grizzlies’ high-volume offense and notorious defensive dominance has meshed nicely throughout the last few games.
With Chandler Parsons showing obvious signs of improvement, Memphis has high potential to be a handful for any playoff opponent when Parsons is back to full-speed.
Truth #1: The Blazers have everything it takes to be an elite team, but they aren’t.
Truth #2: The Grizzlies can’t seem to find a way to beat teams they really need to beat.
Yes, Memphis destroyed the Phoenix Suns last week, signaling that the consistency might end. Per usual, the excitement faded briefly when The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Grizzlies for the second straight time.
Everyone is healthy, the back-up point guard situation rests in the hands of Toney Douglas and the consistency factor has nowhere to go but up.