Editor's note: Trisity is kicking off a new weekly roundup of the Grizzlies' place in power rankings around the league. We're trying to get more stuff like this going on a weekly basis that's not just the usual "previews and recaps." Enjoy!
Losing three of the first four games immediately after the multi-team Rudy Gay trade had few overreacting and thinking the Griz made a mistake. Add Lionel Hollin's comments that were "directed" at the front office and things just looked to being going awry for the Grit-and-Grind team. Now the team has gone 3-1 in their last four games before the all-star break and remain in the top 10 in most power rankings around the NBA.
The ball movement has picked up since Rudy Gay's departure. The team's attitude has been a lot better, too, since Lionel Hollins finally came out Friday and admitted that it's incumbent on the coach to set the moving-on tone for his team. No more time to waste given how hot Denver is.
NBA.com (9th) - Pace: 91.8 (28), OffRtg: 100.4 (21), DefRtg: 97.6 (2), NetRtg: +2.8 (8)
The Grizzlies' new starting lineup is a minus-12 in 74 minutes together and they're just 3-3 since the Rudy Gay trade. But they got a huge win over the Warriors on Friday, holding a top-10 offense to just 37 points in the second half. That was a welcome sight after they're own late-game execution was dreadful (four turnovers in the final three minutes) in Tuesday's loss to the Suns.
Yahoo! Sports (6th)
The Grizzlies might not be done with roster moves, a source said. While Zach Randolph is safe, Memphis is open to using exceptions worth around $7 million and $3 million to add players.
Maybe next time we shouldn't freak out over the first three games after a major trade. Just an idea.
They are a .500 team of late, 3-3 after the Rudy Gay trade. They are still trying to find their way. They have a chance in the next four games against under .500 teams to put together a few wins and find that groove.
SB Nation (8th)
There's reason to believe the Grizzlies aren't done dealing, but at least for now, the post-trade uproar has settled a bit and Memphis has been ... OK. Meanwhile, I always wondered why Austin Daye didn't amount to more in Detroit and suspected he might prove to be more than a throw-in in the Rudy Gay return package and, indeed, Daye has already given Memphis some of the reserve scoring boost they needed in steadily-increasing minutes.