10 Reasons Why The Memphis Grizzlies Could Make Playoff Noise

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10 Reasons Why The Memphis Grizzlies Could Make Playoff Noise
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Memphis Grizzlies

"He who conquers endures."

Persius never meant for this quote to embody an NBA franchise, or the city in which it resides.

But, if you asked the city of Memphis, they'd tell you they've had to endure plenty without much conquering.

Which is why you may forgive Grizzlies fans if they get slightly excited for the fact that their team is actually in the thick of the playoff hunt as the calendar hits mid February. It has been a long time coming for such a downtrodden franchise and fan base to feel relevant as All-Star Weekend approaches. 

As of today, the Grizzlies sit one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the annually brutal Western Conference. Not a lock for the playoffs by any means, given they're chasing a team with much more experience making the playoffs, but considerably closer than Lionel Hollins and his ball club are used to seeing themselves this time of year.

In the Grizzlies putrid 15 year history, they have only three first-round playoff exits to show for their times spent in both Vancouver and Memphis. Even worse, those three seasons also constitute every winning season the Grizzlies have ever accumulated. 

Not exactly a storied franchise to say the least.

But, before you start wallowing in the pity of the Grizzlies history, I remind you that we're here today to celebrate what lies ahead for this youthful team comprised of budding young stars and a surprisingly stellar resume. Without further adieu, the moment you've been waiting for, the 10 reasons the Grizzlies may buck historical precedent and scratch and claw their way to playoff relevancy

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