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ESPN NBA Power Rankings: Memphis in Motion

A weekly look at where ESPN's Marc Stein has the Grizzlies ranked amongst the NBA.

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Last Week: 15
It's only one game. And Golden State was on the second half of a tough back-to-back. But Saturday night's rout of the Dubs was the first time Memphis and its off-key starting five really looked like Memphis under Dave Joerger. The Griz trailed after three quarters in each of their first five games. - Marc Stein

The Grizzlies make a 5 spot jump up the charts this week, showing just how big their performance was vs Golden State. The cream of the Grizzlies' crop was enough to negate the poor showing vs the Pelicans a few nights earlier.

I think this is probably a generous ranking for the Grizzlies, who have only looked like themselves for a handful of specific quarters of play this season. If you want to know what I mean by "themselves," just look up anything on the team between April of 2011 and May of 2013 (before they started playing the Spurs).


There will be many ugly wins ahead for the Grizzlies, but to stay mentioned in the elite of the NBA they need to show that they can consistently shutdown the lesser teams of the NBA the way they did last season.

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