|2013-14 Team Rating|
|18th Overall||19th Overall|
Stats Through Jan. 20
Marc Gasol knee injury made the bruising Grizzlies toothless. Zach Randolph can't do it alone and Tayshaun Prince just can't do it.
Mike Conley has risen to the challenge and boosted his scoring, but an injured Tony Allen has been a drag on offense. Newcomer Courtney Lee helps.
It was a handicap to play without the Defensive Player of the Year, but all of the problems at this end can't be blamed solely on the absence of Gasol.
The Grizzlies are hoping recent acquisition of guard Courtney Lee can continue to gel with Ed Davis and James Johnson to plug holes in their wounded lineup.
It's always a little harder to move one spot down on the bench into the head coach's seat, and rookie Dave Joerger has his hands full with injuries.
No team in the Western Conference has fallen farther and faster from grace than the Grizzlies. Coming off their first trip to the conference finals in franchise history, it was going to be a tough act to follow and the difficulty level jumped measurably when Marc Gasol suffered a torn MCL in his knee, taking out the anchor on both offense and defense.
However, there were already cracks in the picture before Gasol went to the sidelines as the Grizzlies were dropping from one of the league's top defensive teams to the middle of the pack, losing their edge and home-court advantage in the process. randolph has to deal with rumors that his big salary will be the next one moved out and what was an exciting time in the Grind House just eight months ago has turned back into the Memphis blues again.
-- Fran Blinebury
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|