The Memphis Grizzlies are readying to rally for what they hope will be a fourth straight playoff appearance. Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Mike Conley look to hit the post All-Star break stretch with renewed health and their trademark lockdown defense.
Since early January, the Grizzlies have climbed the Western Conference standings to hang just outside the top eight.
The Grizz can take advantage of on an easy schedule. A large chunk of their games pit them against losing teams and weaker Eastern Conference opponents.
While the Grizz have endured several injuries, they should use their depth to avoid further incidents.
The defensive outlook is good with the team rediscovering its grind since Gasol returned.
Fans may become excited for possible end-of-season honors for Memphis players, but they shouldn't get too worked up. Injuries will prevent Allen and Gasol from grabbing defensive honors. Conley isn't high enough on voters' radars to reach an All-NBA team.
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Statistics are current through Feb. 16 games. Unless otherwise noted, advanced metrics come from basketball-reference.com.