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Memphis Grizzlies Daily Playoff Standings

9th place has never felt so good. Well, not that good, but you know what I mean.

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1.San Antonio
60 18 .769 - 8-2 LOST 1
2. Oklahoma City
57 21 .731 3 7-3 WON 2
3. LA Clippers
55 24 .696 5.5 7-3 LOST 1
4. Houston 52 26 .667 78 6-4 LOST 1
5. Portland
51 28 .646 9.5 6-4 WON 2
6. Golden State
48 29 .623 11.5 7-3 WON 2
7. Dallas
48 31 .608 12.5 7-3 WON 4
8. Phoenix
47 31 .603 13
8-2 WON 3
46 32 .590 14 6-4 WON 1
Current Standings - 9th in Western Conference

  • Games back from Phoenix- 1
  • Games back from Dallas- 1.5
  • Games back from Golden State- 2.5
  • Games back from Portland- can no longer catch them
  • Expression on face- slight grin with top teeth clamped over bottom lip

Reasons to be optimistic: 'Cause last night happened - The Return (Again) of the Memphis Grizzlies. If the Griz were Rocky Balboa this season they'd be on Rocky VIII or IX by now. They looked like the hungry monster that we all wanted to see last night.

The Grizzlies are off today before coming back into the Grindhouse tomorrow against the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that has beaten only Detroit and Boston (twice) since January 22nd. The Sixers have only defeated a Western Conference team 5 times this season.

Frenemies?: The Grizzlies would immensely benefit from some love from the San Antonio Spurs over the next two nights. Pop and the Spurs play in Dallas tonight and then return home to host Phoenix tomorrow. SAS has yet to lock up the #1 seed so there's still a chance that they'll be making a push and knock off our competitors for the final playoff spot. If San Antonio were to beat both teams the Grizzlies would then be able to win out for the 7th seed in the Western Conference.

Forecast: Last night was inspiring. I probably woke the dead with the bellows, whoops and screams of joy. I must say I'm feeling almost as confident in the Grizzlies' Grizznocity as I have all season. Stomping out that Bron Bron fire is no simple task, and you've got to think the G Bears are just as inspired as the fans are right now. Don't overlook the two jabronis this weekend (PHI and LAL) and the Grizzlies have an opportunity to carry a scary amount of momentum with them into the playoffs.

Recaps of games that affected the Grizzlies Tuesday night:

Suns Hang On for Tough Win in New Orleans

Previews of games that will affect the Grizzlies Wednesday night:

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors