How the Memphis Grizzlies Are Climbing to Elite Status

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How the Memphis Grizzlies Are Climbing to Elite Status
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The Memphis Grizzlies are roaring out to their best 10-game start in franchise history, showing signs of a Western Conference contender. The Grizzlies have become more than just a pesky team that went seven games with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round in 2011 and bowed out in the first round last year.

Lionel Hollins’ squad has become more well-rounded. The Grizz' have developed some scoring flair to go with a gritty defensive attack. The team actually won a difficult game on the road. Rudy Gay is waking up to the scorer he’s supposed to be.

This small-market team doesn’t have the superstars the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers do. Similar to the Detroit Pistons teams of the last decade, the Grizzlies power their way behind a few players who are near the top at their respective positions.

Follow along to see all the ways the Grizzlies are working their way up to elite status.

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