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Is some sort of higher power trying to tell the Memphis Grizzlies that Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph just do not belong on the court together?
After playing in only 54 games last season, Rudy Gay suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the final 28 games and the playoffs. In Gay's absence, the Grizz played very well.
Without Gay, Tony Allen, Shane Battier and O.J. Mayo picked up the slack, while the offense changed its focus to center around Randolph.
With the offense running through Randolph, he averaged 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, Memphis finished the season with a 46-36 record and an eighth seed in the playoffs.
In the first round, the Grizz, as an eighth seed, were able to knock off the one seed San Antonio Spurs in six games behind the strong play of Randolph, as he scored 25 points or more four times. In the sixth game, Randolph had 31 points and 11 rebounds.
In the second round, Memphis faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The series went to seven games as Randolph went off again.
In a Game 1 win, he finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds. In a Game 3 win, he had 21 points and 21 rebounds, and in a Game Six win, he had 30 points and 10 rebounds.
What the Grizz seemed to lack in their second round playoff series was another scorer. This season, they were getting back that other scorer in a healthy Rudy Gay.
All of Memphis and the NBA world was about to see if a Gay/Randolph pairing can prove to be successful the second time around.
But Memphis and the NBA world did not get to see the new and improved Grizz, as Randolph tore his MCL in the fourth game of the season.