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After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, it looked like the Memphis Grizzlies could be on their way to legitimate "contendership."
Unfortunately, they've dealt with a bunch of injuries to key players, and it's taken them a while to gain traction in the Western Conference.
And just when it started to look like they were going to make their move, the bug bit again.
Memphis finds itself a game-and-a-half behind the Golden State Warriors for the No. 8 seed but lost two starters just this month.
Mike Conley went down with an ankle injury on Feb. 1, and then expressed his hopes that it was nothing serious that night:
Fortunately, that looks to be the case, as he's already been upgraded to questionable (according to CBS) for the team's next game against the New York Knicks.
Less than two weeks after Conley's injury, center Marc Gasol aggravated an MCL injury in his knee. According to CBS' Royce Young, "The Grizzlies, who struggled without Gasol, went 13-3 in January since he returned to the lineup."
Losing the defensive anchor could set Memphis back again. Fortunately, he too is listed as questionable rather than out.
One more starter who could be back after the break is perimeter defender Tony Allen. He's been out since early January with a hand injury:
Because of all the injuries, we haven't really had the chance to see all the Grizzlies play together. At full strength, they should be a terrifying defensive unit with Gasol, Conley, Allen and newcomer James Johnson.