Perhaps Matt Moore @CBSSports has stated it the best, “They have a Ph.D. in ‘making things harder on themselves than they need to.”‘. Moore also seems to think the least about the Grizzlies. He dropped them from 6th to 16th behind the like of the Knicks and the Cavaliers.
Well, it’s crunch time. Yesterday I posted the latest playoff standings with the remaining schedule for the top 9 teams in the West. Needless to say, the Grizzlies must play better than they have in the last 4 games if they want to make the playoffs.
As Kurt Helin wrote @ProBasketBallTalk, The Grizzlies “defense went AWOL against the Trail Blazers Sunday and it better return . . . don’t have much margin for error” to make the playoffs.
Jimmy Spencer @FoxSports has this excellent insight at the beginning of his rankings.
“The integrity of the postseason takes heat when the imbalance between conferences is this flagrant. But it’s more than the mere fact losing teams like the Bobcats, Hawks or Knicks will make the postseason while Dallas, Memphis or Phoenix may not. What’s really egregious is that West teams as prosperous as the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers are each going to have to face a hot bottom-seed team in the first round. Meanwhile, the Heat and Pacers, each with lesser records, get what’s essentially a first-round bye. Come the NBA Finals, whichever team represents the East is likely to be much more fresh than their West counterpart.”
Average ranking for the week is 9.64 BIG drop from 7.55. (Actual not included in average.)
|2013-14 Power Rankings for week of March 31|
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