The Memphis Grizzlies have slipped lately, dropping six of 12 games after winning 12 of the first 14. Four of those losses have come against Western Conference teams. This is not a good point for this small-market team as it tries to raise its status in the crowded West.
Before long, the Grizzlies will need to regain their edge against conference foes. The formula isn't complicated. In large part, the "grit 'n' grind" must get down to the fundamentals on defense. Forcing turnovers, the core element of the team's defense, is a must.
At the same time, the Grizz need to play efficient offense. Committing 15 or more turnovers, as they've done in 10 of the last 12 games, is unacceptable.
Follow along to see what the Grizzlies need to do against every Western Conference opponent to take them down. These teams will come into tight focus soon, as the Grizzlies play nine straight games against Western Conference teams from Jan. 2 to 18.
Statistics are current through Dec. 26 games.