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Everyone realizes that the Grizzlies have just played a tough 4 games in 5 days stretch. What  many may not realize is that is nothing compared to what the Grizzlies will be facing the rest of the season.

The Grizzlies play back to back home games this week against Minnesota and Oklahoma City. After that the Grizzlies won’t play two games in the same city until April 20th at the earliest and that would only happen if the Grizzlies host the first game in the playoffs.

That will be 31 straight days without a back to back home games. There aren’t even back to back games in LA or New York.

This may be as long a stretch of games without back to back games as has ever happened in Grizzlies history. It’s far and away the longest streak over the last 3 seasons.

This isn’t just strange for Memphis either. There is always a lot of talk about the Spurs Rodeo Road Trip. However the Spurs are on the road for nine straight games but they play a lot of home games on either end of those road trips. The road trip usually coincides with the NBA All-Star game meaning the Spurs get a chance to catch their breath during the streak. Memphis plays in a different city for 15 straight games over a 31 day period at least!

Right now the Nets are on a 9 game road trip as well. However they do play back to back games at home on both ends of the trip. The Grizzlies home schedule includes two games that are the back-end of  games on consecutive nights.

The one major positive for the Grizzlies is their location in the middle of the country. It makes all but the most extreme coastal road trips somehow less punitive. When San Antonio and Brooklyn hit the road they travel greater differences and as anyone who travels frequently knows, the longer the plane ride the more time needed to recover.

The Grizzlies will be road tested heading into the playoffs. Whether or not that is a good thing is yet to be determined.

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  1. chriskf1No Gravatar says:

    Ugh. When I look at the 16 games left on the schedule there are no road games against Top-5 competition where a loss would be semi-expected. But there are fully 10 games where you’d say anything less than the Grizz’ best effort will mean an “L.”

    Unfortunately, when I take a similar look at the schedules for DEN and LAC — and considering that MEM has lost the first tie-breaker to both — (and ESPECIALLY considering the way the Nuggets are playing) it appears the the Grizz can only lose 1, MAYBE 2 more games the rest of the year if they want the 3-seed. And probably no more than 3 if they want to keep home court in the 1st round.

    Fortunately (in a way, I suppose) DEN is looking more and more like they’ll make it all the way to #3. Right now, I’d rather face the Clippers WITHOUT home-court, than play Denver even if the Grizz had the benefit of a Game 7 at home.

    Hopefully Denver has just peaked a couple of weeks too early; but they looked like the real deal with back-to-back road wins @CHI and @OKC on consecutive nights.

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