Last week the higher ups at SB Nation had the Memphis Grizzlies (8-8) at 16 in their weekly power rankings. This week? Well they've moved nowhere notching the 16th slot once again. Here's what they had to say about the Grizzlies in their first week sans-Marc Gasol:
As expected, the Grizzlies have looked pretty bad in the absence of Marc Gasol. Memphis did win one game last week, but it was only against Boston. And after that win, the Grizzlies played poorly in a loss to Brooklyn.
I slightly agree on Jason Patt's sentiments on Memphis though I think it's a stretch to say the club has looked "pretty bad" without their best AND most important player. Kosta Koufos stepping in and the re-emergence of Ed Davis has softened the blow a bit, doing the best they can to replicate the efforts of the Big Spain.
But with this group the ceiling is pretty short. Against the Boston Celtics they slightly reached that ceiling despite a fourth quarter explosion from Jared Sullinger who almost single-handedly winning the game. And in the loss against the Brooklyn Nets? That group did as well as they could considering they were missing Zach Randolph due to an in-grown toenail.
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Here are other power rankings updates from around the interwebz:
CBSSports (Matt Moore) - 18 (17)
The car's running, the car's running, hey what's that sound? (CLUNK) (CARBURETOR FALLS OUT)
ESPN (Marc Stein) - 16 (14)
All the scrutiny rookie coach Dave Joerger has been subjected to figures to fade (at least temporarily) now that Z-Bo has joined Marc Gasol on the injured list. The Grizz obviously ain't the Grizz without those two and have lost four straight at home for the first time since the spring of 2010.
NBA (John Schuhmann) - 18 (14)
The Grizzlies have won five straight on the road (allowing 96.4 points per 100 possessions) and lost four straight at home (allowing 109.9). If that latter streak doesn't end on this six-game homestand (which began with Saturday's Zach Randolph-less loss to the Nets), they're in serious trouble. Eight of their next nine games are against teams in the top 13 in the West standings.
USA Today - 15 (12)
Losing Marc Gasol for a few weeks might cost them a playoff spot in difficult Western Conference.
Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger) - 13 (12)
Ed Davis has always been a tantalizing talent, but the Grizzlies need the fourth-year big man to be more than that with Marc Gasol out and Zach Randolph hobbled. Davis got his first start of the year Saturday and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and no blocks in 29 minutes. Memphis will need even more than that to survive without the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
Yahoo Sports (Marc Spears) - 11 (10)
Saturday's loss against Brooklyn marked the first time neither Marc Gasol (knee) or Zach Randolph (toe) played for Memphis since Randolph's 2009 arrival.
Pro Basketball Talk (Kurt Helin) - 16 (12)
Odd trend for Memphis — won five in a row on the road, lost four in a row at home. Still just a team trying to tread water until Marc Gasol returns, and it doesn’t help that Zach Randolph has been injured as well.