NBA Season Preview: 5 Questions Facing Memphis Grizzlies for 2011-12

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NBA Season Preview:  5 Questions Facing Memphis Grizzlies for 2011-12
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The Memphis Grizzlies are entering exciting new territory.  Last season, the Grizzlies knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs and then pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games.  The playoff run made the Grizzlies look like they could compete with the best.

New expectations come with that first playoff series victory.  Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix predicted the Grizzlies to win the Southwest Division.  Four contributors out of 30 for ESPN picked the Grizzlies to win the division.  Also, Lionel Hollins was among leading vote recipients for Coach of the Year as picked by ESPN contributors.

This is entirely different for the Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies, owners of the worst franchise winning percentage in then NBA (.352), are used to losing.  Typically, pundits write the Grizzlies off as doormats.

Can the Grizzlies handle the expectations?

Read along for more regarding this and other burning questions facing the Grizzlies this season.

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