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The Grizzlies might be succeeding without Zach Randolph, but Randolph is still missed. The Grizzlies play a style without Randolph that tends towards more turnovers. Also, as mentioned earlier, Marreese Speights hasn't always picked up the slack when Marc Gasol isn't hitting his shots.
Randolph was originally projected to miss six to eight weeks. His MRI on January 16 was promising, showing that he wouldn't need surgery, according to The Commercial Appeal. He was scheduled to have another MRI on Tuesday, but has yet to do it since he's been sick recently, as Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer tweeted.
Hopefully, Randolph's upcoming MRI shows promise. Lionel Hollins doesn't feel optimistic about Randolph. In the Yahoo! Sports column mentioned in the previous slide, Hollins said he doesn't think Randolph will return this season.
That could be a significant blow to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies might not be able to run their free-wheeling offense this effectively down the stretch. Teams might adapt to the Grizzlies and limit their opportunities to spread the floor. Also, Grizzlies players, as young as they may be, could tire since they're playing a style of offense they didn't prepare to play before the season.
Having Randolph back after the All-Star break for the February 29 game against the Dallas Mavericks would be great. Getting him back at that time would mean getting him practicing with the team when the team is preparing for the latter part of the season. The Grizzlies would be stronger and smoother with him.
Moreover, a timely return by Randolph would make a successful February even happier.