The Grizzlies began their five-game home stay last Monday night with a loss to the Spurs that left them a game under .500. After last night's 93-83 win over the Houston Rockets, Memphis has since flipped their record, concluding the home stand a game above even. Next step: Shake the magnetic force of that damn .500 mark that has been pulling the Grizzlies near the last two weeks.
The Rockets game last night was -- along with last Friday's victory over Indiana -- one of the more encouraging, if seemingly fleeting, performances lately for the sometimes shooting-challenged Grizz. In short they scored well from everywhere: 48 percent from the floor, 5-for-9 from three and 18-of-21 from the line along with stifling defense, which we'll get to in a second. The even keel scoring from start to finish was huge, and showed just how important playing regularly solid is for Memphis, rather than at times playing as highly efficient world-beaters and others with a lethargic ineffectiveness that drags the team into the muck from time to time.