Grizzlies climb above .500 for first time since October

After dropping a 93-88 decision on the road to the New Jersey Nets on Jan. 26, I wasn’t too high on the Grizzlies’ stock. I wrote about the franchise needing to trade OJ Mayo and go in a new direction, but Memphis has seemingly used Mayo’s suspension as fuel for a new winning streak.

The Grizzlies have won three straight (at Philadelphia, Washington, and Orlando) largely thanks to mammoth performances from big man Zach Randolph against the 76ers and Wizards and surprise double-double last night from sometimes embattled guard Mike Conley. (Conley had 26 points and 11 assists in the Grizzlies 100-97 over the Magic at FedExForum last night)

Though Conley was recently resigned to a 5-year, $45 million contract, many members of the local Memphis media have questioned if the Grizz made the right move by securing the fourth-year point guard out of Ohio State. He’s responded with career number (13.4 ppg and 6.8 apg), and has found a way to share the ball with two guys that tend to be high-shot guys (Randolph and Gay).

At 25-24 and sitting fourth in the NBA Western Conference South Division, the Grizzlies have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since Mike Fratello was the head coach. (Fratello was surpassed by Lionel Hollins as the Grizz winningest head coach of all time last night)

It’s nice to see some positive signs from a team that has struggled with consistency this season. Perhaps, Mayo’s suspension came at exactly the right.

Highlights from the Grizzlies 100-97 victory over the Orlando Magic last night:



About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

Posted on February 1, 2011, in memphis grizzlies, Mike Conley, NBA, OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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