If we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that Newton’s third law, “for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction”, applies even to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The fantastic corner three by Marc Gasol to beat the Los Angles Clippers, the rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the unbelievable comeback to beat the Golden State Warriors were all spectacular wins this season. The Grizzlies have given us some incredible games, but with every one of those games, there is an equal and opposing, puzzling loss like those that came against the Brooklyn Nets, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers. The one great thing about making the playoffs? They don’t let teams like the Nets, Kings, or Lakers in.
The Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot for the seventh season in a row, a stat that not many teams can lay claim to, and that’s all they have to do - just make it to the playoffs. The Grizzlies need to keep playing the games, find ways to play their best basketball, and let playoff seeding take care of itself. Are there teams that they match up better with than others? Sure, but the Grizzlies have played well against all of the top teams in the Western Conference this season.
The Grizzlies beat the Warriors twice this season, the Clippers three times, the Rockets twice, and the Spurs twice. They have done a good job and have held their own against the upper echelon of the Western Conference. Playing against good competition will always make you better, and that’s exactly what it’s done for the Grizzlies this season.
The best match-up for the Grizzlies in the postseason is possibly, odd as it may be, the Spurs. The Grizzlies have played them well in every game, and have one more game against the second best team in the West. Zach Randolph coming off the bench has been a great addition for the Grizzlies offense in games against the Spurs. It allows Zach to score against easier competition, but more importantly, it prevents Gregg Popovich from exploiting Zach’s bad defense as easily. Bench scoring will be the ultimate factor for the Grizzlies if they’re going to advance in the playoffs against any team.
History is always destined to repeat itself, and if the Grizzlies play in the playoffs like they have all season, they just might have a chance to advance.