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The Grizzlies' losses have started becoming particularly egregious

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The trend in losses for the Memphis Grizzlies has been getting worse at the season wears on.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

I always prepare myself for the jumpers after games like last night. Losses like that hurt. They pull at some of our darker emotional strings and make us feel pretty crappy. Mornings like today's have coffee tasting bitter, birds chirping sounding like taunts from nature, your lips feeling a little more chapped, and red lights last at least 30 seconds longer. Then you think about the final score from last night and you break a pencil or stub your toe. It sucks.

It can feel like sometimes we don't even know who this Memphis Grizzlies squad really is.

But honestly, I'm starting to get used to this feeling and even guarding myself against it. The feeling is that of a drastic swing from talk of title contention and domination to that of what-in-the-hell-am-I-watching-right-now. It's as if the Grizzlies have no middle ground between mounting an epic comeback on a double-digit 4th quarter deficit and getting blown out to where that same double-digit deficit turns into a 20-point embarrassment. Let's take a look at the numbers.

Memphis Grizzlies losses in 2014-15

Game Score Differential
Nov 8th at Bucks 93-92 -1
Nov 18th at Raptors 96-92 -4
Dec 3rd at Rockets 105-96 -9
Dec 5th vs Spurs 107-101 -6
Dec 19th vs Bulls 103-97 -6
Dec 21st at Cavs 105-91 -14
Dec 22nd vs Jazz 97-91 -6
Dec 26th vs Rockets 117-111 -6
Jan 3rd at Nuggets 114-85 -29
Jan 7th at Hawks 96-86 -10
Jan 8th at Pelicans 106-95 -11
Jan 19th vs Mavs 103-95 -8
Feb 6th at Wolves 90-89 -1
Feb 11th at Thunder 105-89 -16
Feb 25th at Kings 102-90 -12
Feb 27th vs Clippers 97-79 -18

You'll notice that for the 2014 portion of this season the Grizzlies generally kept things close in losses, although only one of those truly came down to the final possession (at Bucks).

The worst loss they had in 2014 came against the Cavs when the Grizzlies were starting Jon Leuer in place of an injured Zach Randolph -- excusable.

But it's now in the year of 2015 where the losses start to look really ugly. In fact, only two of the Grizzlies losses this year have been by fewer than 10 points, and one of those, vs. Dallas on MLK Day, was a late game meltdown on their home court. Outside of the 1-point loss to Minnesota a few weeks ago, the Grizzlies have looked godawful when they have an off night.

Memphis had 8 losses in 2014 with a total differential of -52 points.

Memphis has 8 losses in 2015 with a total differential of -105 points.

Same number of losses, but literally more than TWICE the point differential in those losses.

It's stats and trends like these that will lend a fan base the doubt to start feeling like when the Grizzlies aren't feeling it that they simply start mailing it in. That is, in my opinion, a silly idea to start adopting because the Grizzlies have taken the same nights that they aren't feeling it (recently at POR and at LAC) and end up turning them into wins with superb performances down the stretches.

What's my point?

You might be feeling pretty crappy about the Grizzlies today, but I'm here to take the stance that you're likely feeling that way because of the chart I posted above. The Grizzlies haven't been barely losing games. They've been getting totally thrashed in their losses. My bet is that we'll start seeing a different trend as Memphis starts preparing for the sprint to the NBA Playoffs, but we need to see it sooner than later to get fans at maximum Grizznocity for April/May/June.