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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.”

NBA Playoffs

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
Click on Grizzlies logo to go to team web page for each media’s site.
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1 San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio San Antonio 1
2 Oklahoma City LA Clippers LA Clippers Oklahoma City LA Clippers LA Clippers Oklahoma City LA Clippers LA Clippers LA Clippers Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 2
3 LA Clippers Oklahoma City Oklahoma City LA Clippers Oklahoma City New Jersey LA Clippers Oklahoma City Houston Oklahoma City LA Clippers LA Clippers 3
4 Miami Houston Houston Miami Houston Toronto Miami Houston Oklahoma City Houston Houston Houston 4
5 Indiana Miami Indiana Houston Miami Oklahoma City Houston Miami Miami Miami Miami Miami 5
6 Houston Golden State Miami Indiana Chicago Houston Indiana Golden State Portland Indiana Portland Portland 6
7 Portland Phoenix Golden State Memphis New Jersey Miami Portland Portland Golden State Portland Indiana Golden State 7
8 Golden State Memphis Memphis Golden State Portland Chicago Golden State Indiana Memphis Golden State Golden State Indiana 8
9 Memphis Indiana Phoenix Dallas Golden State Golden State Phoenix Phoenix Toronto Memphis Toronto Memphis 9
10 Phoenix Portland New Jersey Phoenix Indiana Phoenix Memphis Memphis Minnesota Phoenix Memphis Dallas 10
11 Dallas Chicago Portland Chicago Memphis Portland Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas Phoenix 11
12 Toronto New Jersey Chicago Toronto Phoenix Indiana Toronto Toronto Phoenix Chicago Phoenix Toronto 12
13 Chicago Dallas Toronto Portland Dallas Dallas Chicago Chicago Indiana Toronto Chicago Chicago 13
14 New Jersey Toronto Dallas New Jersey Toronto Cleveland New Jersey Minnesota Chicago New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey 14
15 Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington New York Washington New Jersey New Jersey Washington Washington Minnesota 15
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16 Minnesota Charlotte Charlotte Charlotte Charlotte Memphis Minnesota Washington Washington Minnesota Minnesota Washington 16
17 Charlotte New Orleans New Orleans New York New York Washington Charlotte Charlotte Charlotte New York Charlotte Charlotte 17
18 Atlanta Minnesota New York Cleveland New Orleans Charlotte New Orleans New Orleans New York Charlotte New York Denver 18
19 New Orleans New York Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Atlanta Atlanta Sacramento Cleveland New Orleans New Orleans 19
20 Denver Cleveland Denver New Orleans Denver Denver New York New York Atlanta New Orleans Cleveland Atlanta 20
21 New York Denver Cleveland Denver Cleveland New Orleans Denver Denver Denver Atlanta Denver Sacramento 21
22 Cleveland Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Orlando Cleveland Sacramento New Orleans Denver LA Lakers Cleveland 22
23 Detroit LA Lakers LA Lakers LA Lakers Sacramento Atlanta Sacramento Cleveland Cleveland Sacramento Atlanta New York 23
24 Sacramento Sacramento Detroit Sacramento LA Lakers Sacramento LA Lakers Detroit Detroit LA Lakers Sacramento LA Lakers 24
25 LA Lakers Orlando Sacramento Utah Orlando Milwaukee Detroit Boston Boston Orlando Boston Utah 25
26 Boston Boston Orlando Orlando Utah LA Lakers Utah LA Lakers Orlando Boston Orlando Detroit 26
27 Utah Milwaukee Utah Boston Boston Utah Boston Utah LA Lakers Philadelphia Utah Boston 27
28 Orlando Philadelphia Boston Milwaukee Detroit Boston Orlando Orlando Utah Detroit Milwaukee Orlando 28
29 Philadelphia Detroit Milwaukee Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Utah Philadelphia Philadelphia 29
30 Milwaukee Utah Philadelphia Detroit Milwaukee Detroit Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Milwaukee Detroit Milwaukee 30
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