Because Derrick Rose went down the same week, he drew bigger comments than Marc. The Grizzlies will suffer with Marc out, but not as much as Chicago will with D. Rose.
I’ve added a table to compare the Strength of Schedule for the leading West Conf. teams. This will give us some idea of ranking verses SOS.
Marc Stein @ESPN writes, “Meanwhile, the Grizzlies and Bulls have tumbled to No. 14 and No. 18, respectively, as a result of their huge personnel losses.” Seems that something is unfair in dropping a team (Memphis) even though they had a great week. He is, in a sense, predicting many that the Grizzlies will lose more than win with Gasol out.
A look at the Strength of Schedule shows that Memphis is considered to have the hardest schedule with a mixture of teams falling in after them. We know this won’t stay this way all season, but it does mean that the Grizzlies at 7-7 have faired reasonably well considering their difficult schedule. The three top ranked teams have had three of the easiest schedules.
Strength of Schedule Comparison
How weak is the East Conference? After the Pacers and Heat the next best team barley makes the top 15. That would be Atlanta and the falling Bulls.
What the Grizzlies need about now is an easy East coast trip. Well, playing Boston and Brooklyn over the next week will help, hopefully. But then back to the grind of West Conf. foes.
Average ranking for the week is 12.17, up from last week of 13.5. (Actual not included in average.)
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