Funny what a four-game win streak can do for a team's moral and the public outlook at them.
Immediately after the Rudy Gay-to-Toronto trade, things hit a rough patch for the Memphis Grizzlies, but a few weeks later this team is beginning to look like the team we saw go 15-1 in the month of November, capitalizing on ball . And writers across the internet have begun to take notice with a rise in power rankings placings. With the All-Star break over with and the second half of the season here, this is where the Grizzlies rank in Week 16 power rankings:
5 (7) USA Today
How will Zach Randolph tell his fans that Joakim Noah broke his ankles with a crossover?
5 (6) Yahoo! Sports Marc J. Spears]
With the dust now settled after the All-Star break and a recent visit by new owner Robert Pera, it’s time for the Grizzlies to move on from the Rudy Gay trade and focus on playoff positioning in the West.
6 (7) ESPN.com [Marc Stein]
The Grizzlies righted their ship heading into the All-Star break after the initial Rudy Gay hangover but face a tough stretch heading into March. An offensive uptick and better chemistry on defense are musts if Memphis wants to remain in the West's top four.
8 (9) CBSSports.com [Matt Moore]
They traded Rudy Gay and targeted guys in return who could spread the floor. The floor is being spread. Funny how that works out.
7 (9) NBA.com [John Schuhmann] - Pace: 92.0 (27), OffRtg: 100.6 (20), DefRtg: 97.7 (2), NetRtg: +2.9 (8)
While Rudy Gay was hitting game-winners in Toronto, the Grizz went into the break playing their best offense of the season. They scored 108.5 points per 100 possessions over their last four games, their most efficient span of four games since April. Austin Daye apparently brought his hot shooting from Detroit and Tony Allen is somehow three for his last six from 3-point range.