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Playoff Positioning: Grizzlies 93, Hornets 81; Timberwolves Up Next

Baseball season? What do you mean baseball started? We still have a playoff race to talk about!

For those of you who missed the Grizzlies-Hornets game last night after being lured by peanuts and Cracker Jacks, well, you missed one hell of a basketball game.

As expected the Grizz dominated the paint, the glass, and the Hornets. They started out strong, going up 17-6 early, and never looked back. After pulling ahead, the Grizz used their -- believe it or not -- defensive presence to hold the Hornets down.

Aside from the many turnovers we coughed up (15), our game was pretty tight. Mike Conley held Chris Paul in check defensively, while the Hornets had absolutely no answer for us in the middle. O.J. Mayo had a nice game with 13 points on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting (2-of-2 from three). Overall, turnovers aside, we looked like a team ready for the playoffs.

And what do you know, we won a game on the road! In the end, this game was all about playoff positioning.

With the win we moved into a tie with the Hornets for 7th place in the West and are just one game behind Portland at no. 6. Interestingly enough, we play the Hornets (home) and the Blazers (road) in the final week of the season.This may be key, as the Lakers are looking poised to take the top spot over the Spurs. We DO NOT want the Lakers in the first round. The Spurs and Mavs we'll take, but not the Lakers. So, playoff positioning is key here. I think we want out of the 8th seed, and to be safe getting into the 6th seed would help.

But, before we get ahead of ourselves we have the Timberwilved to talk about. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. I'm not sure there's ever a bad time to get the Wolves, but they are currently on a 9-game losing streak and it seems as if Kevin Love will not play tonight. That's not to say we should over-look the Wolves, but it's probably a good time to be playing them. 

We'll likely get a good look at Anthony Randolph tonight, who one day is a diamond and the next he's stone. Zach Randolph should be able to do his best to submit Randolph into early foul trouble.

Again, I don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we have a chance to move up here in the playoffs and avoid the Lakers in the first round. Continuing to win does that -- believe it or not!

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