The Memphis Grizzlies have regained their swagger since an initial slide after trading Rudy Gay. After losing three of four games in the wake of the trade, the Grizzlies have won seven straight. Despite some initial pains, the Grizz have adapted to their new look.
Memphis has overcome the loss of their leading scorer in unexpected ways, especially when one looks at the metrics. And they've managed to replace Gay's presence on the fast break.
The problem of whether they'd be able to replace him on defense turned out to be less serious than initially believed.
Follow along to see more about why this small-market squad is just fine without one of its former high-earners.
All advanced metrics except monthly defensive-rating splits come from basketball-reference.com. Defensive-rating splits come from nba.com.