NBA Playoffs 2012: Complete Guide to Beating the Memphis Grizzlies

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Complete Guide to Beating the Memphis Grizzlies
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The Memphis Grizzlies are closing the regular season out well. They've won five straight and 13 of the last 16. Some of those wins weren't pretty, but with starters resting that isn't a must. What matters is whether the Grizzlies are ready. That seems to be the case, as Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph look healthy.

Teams will be looking closely at the Grizzlies as the playoffs draw near. Memphis is considered by many to be a dark horse contender, although teams surely recognize them to be more than that. They play great defense, which helps their cause tremendously.

Their big men are tough to match up against. Marc Gasol, Marreese Speights, Zach Randolph and Dante Cunningham are all strong in the post and (with the exception of Cunningham) play well inside and out on offense. All of them also play good defense, picking up the slack for each other when one falls short.

The Grizzlies didn't fare well against good teams in the regular season, but that doesn't mean teams will breeze past them in the playoffs.

Here are what teams need to do to grind through the "Grindhouse" in the postseason.

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