The Memphis Grizzlies have seen their share of adversity to start the 2011-12 season. First, the Grizzlies lost Darrell Arthur, their first big man off the bench, to an Achilles tear. Then, the Grizzlies lost three of their first four games, including a 104-64 debacle against the Chicago Bulls. That game saw the Grizzlies barely avoid their franchise-low of 62 points.
In the loss against the Bulls, the Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph, a top-15 player and their leading scorer and rebounder last season, to a partial MCL tear. According to The Commercial Appeal, Randolph will miss six to eight weeks.
Rudy Gay is easing back to NBA form after going down with a season-ending shoulder injury last February. He's only averaging 15.8 points per game through the first six games.
Despite it all, the Grizzlies are 3-3 through six games. The Grizzlies have much to be happy about at this point.
Read along to find out why the Grizzlies and their fans should be smiling.