The number is now four. Without them playing a game. Just how did that happen.
Well, you can actually thank the Utah Jazz for both.
Wednesday night, the Jazz defeated the Houston Rockets, who they are in a virtual tie with for the eighth seed, 89-87, allowing the Grizzlies to move within five games of making the post-season. Thursday night, the Jazz lost to to the Thunder 113-91, giving the Grizzlies another game cushion.
Yeah, I don't get it either. I swear it works though.
We also got some help from an old nemesis last night as well. We don't do a lot of Clippers love around here....
...but the Grizzlies got some help from the Clippers last night, as they defeated the Blazers last night 96-94.
This gives the Grizzlies a little more cushion on holding on to the fifth seed, The magic number for locking up the fifth seed is six. Portland technically falls into a tie for the sixth seed with Dallas even though they have two games in hand.
Here are some important games for the Grizzlies this upcoming weekend.
- Grizzlies at Spurs- The Grizzlies never beat the Spurs, and especially in San Antonio. The Spurs haven't lost a game in over a year. What could go wrong?
- Toronto at Houston- a loss by Houston gives the Grizzlies a chance to move closer to the playoffs.
- Dallas at Golden State- the Grizzlies can also pick up some ground on the fifth seed with a loss by the Mavericks.
Philadelphia at Portland- Blazers have a chance to make up some ground against the worst team in the NBA.
Utah at Minnesota- Utah needs to start winning to make the playoffs, but they draw a tough one against a young TWolves team.
Houston at Indiana- a win for the Grizzlies Friday night, and losses by Utah on Saturday, and Houston losing to Toronto and Indiana can wrap up a playoff spot for the Grizzlies.
The NBA Playoffs start in twenty-three days.