It started with the Miami Heat on Sunday night, when the Grizzlies beat them at home by 18 points, and then followed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who the Grizz topped by 10 points on Wednesday, in OKC.
Last night, though, might have been the bigger of the three wins when the Grizzlies beat the last remaining of the unbeaten teams in the NBA, the New York Knicks, but a 10-point margin. It was the Grizzlies 7th straight win, as they now sit with a 7-1 record on the year.
Credit goes to the offense in this one, where the Grizzlies shot 48 percent from the floor and were aggressive enough to get to the line 32 times. They also picked up the defense in the second half, forcing eight turnovers and picking five steals after halftime.
Zach Randolph gets the game-ball, posting yet another double-double, going for 20 points and 15 rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting. Marc Gasol chipped in with 24 points, while Mike Conley had a nice 16 and 8 line in 35 minutes.
The bench was fairly quiet, yet they did have moments where they caused fits on the defensive side of the ball and Jerryd Bayless was responsible for really getting into J.R. Smith's head. After the game, Smith took to Twitter to chastise the "fake tough guys" on the Grizzlies, which is a rather hilarious notion.
In fairness to the Knicks, they were playing on back-to-back nights, on the road, and coming off a game in which they put everything they had into knocking off the San Antonio Spurs. Still, that doesn't take away from what the Grizzlies did on the basketball court.
There's no question this is a title-contending team. I've thought that all along, not to this extent, but... I can certainly see them making a nice run, if they can stay healthy, and I promise you that I will continue to say that even when they lose three games in a row late in February or they come off a game in which they shoot 36 percent from the floor. I'm not over-reacting now and I don't intend to do so, on the flip side, later in the season.
They are a contender for the title, and arguably one of the three best teams in the NBA. There's no question about that. Let's just hope, though, the letdown game doesn't happen on Saturday in Charlotte against the Bobcats. That would be embarrassing.
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