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Grizz Remain Top 10 in Week 15 Power Rankings

Introducing a new weekly thing here at SOV: A roundup of where the Grizzlies stand on various power rankings around the league!


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.

ESPN (7th)

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. (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.

CBSSports (6th)

Maybe next time we shouldn't freak out over the first three games after a major trade. Just an idea.

ProBasketballTalk (9th)

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.