So much for the Rudy Gay trade hindering the Memphis Grizzlies' ability to make a run at a title.
Despite lacking an overly confident, quasi-elite, volume-scoring wing, the Grizzlies have thrived in recent weeks, winning eight straight, and currently sit 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
Lionel Hollins continues to roll out one of the league's most intimidating defenses, one that boasts Tony Allen out on the wing, while the interior is manned by the fearsome duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
The Grizzlies currently rank second in the NBA in opponent's points per game (89.6) and second in defensive rating (100.0), per Basketball-Reference, but the team's offense still leaves something to be desired.
Relying heavily on the production of Randolph and Gasol to stabilize the offense, the Grizzlies are going to need to find some offense from Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley in time to make a playoff push.
According to 82games, the five-man unit consisting of Conley, Allen, Prince, Randolph and Gasol is plus-seven in plus/minus, but that's primarily because of their stout defense.
That lineup is scoring just 0.98 points per possession, a number that will need to increase markedly should the team want to threaten the Western Conference superiority of the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.