The Memphis Grizzlies are easy to overlook. Forgettable uniforms. They’re in Memphis. They don’t have a marquee-level star. Well, they did up until Rudy Gay Salary Dump Day on January 30. Only Memphis and Toronto celebrated.
Surely the team is going to fold, and maybe it’s for the best. Just go away, let the Rockets or Warriors or Blazers have your playoff spot. All that seemed NBA watcher consensus weeks and weeks ago but the Grizz are still fighting. Flourishing, rather, with a 44-20 record and currently hibernating on the 3 seed in the West.
Instead of freefalling in the wake o’ Rudy, Memphis has racked up a 15-5 record with 8-game and 6-game win streaks. And the man responsible for this obstinate resilience? Z-Bo.
Yes, Marc Gasol is having another rock solid season but Zach Randolph and his team-leading 15.8 points and 11.7 rebounds per game are bearing the burden, reliably.
Take his scoring averages.
Before Rudy left: 15.81.
After Rudy left: 15.75.
Memphis can depend on Z-Bo because he’ll continue to give them dependable stats. And 12-foot jumpers. And a low post headband presence. And someone who’s fiercely loyal to the $100-at-retail Nike Air Max Hyperguard Up. He loves these shoes. Wore an All-Star edition in this year’s All-Star Game.
The Grizz still have 18 games left in the regular season, plenty of time to drop in seeding. They’re trending “maintain and gain” right now, though, and likely to keep that bent going. If they do, you know who to credit.
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