The Memphis Grizzlies have been making things uncomfortable for the top teams in the West all season. Those looking at March Madness Betting note how they have had great success against the eliteteams in the NBA and few want to face them in a first round series. They are young, athletic and play hard. As the playoff chase enters the final stages, the young Grizzlies will have to make that last push without their best player. Rudy Gay has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Those studying the March Madness odds state how Gay was hurt mid February in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He underwent weeks of rehabilitation but it was announced last week that he will miss the rest of the season.
This, of course, is a major blow for the Grizzlies as Gay was having a stellar season.
Gay averaged 19.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game until he was injured. The Grizzlies have been very competitive in his absence going 9-6 as of Saturday. This is all happening as they try to make the Western Conference playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.
The Grizzlies currently hold the eighth seed as they try to hold off the Houston Rockets and clinch a berth. The Rockets hold the tie-breaker over the Grizzlies and have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. Not to mention the Rockets have been playing exceedingly well since the All-Star break.
In Gay’s absence, the team is hurting on defense due to Gay’s athleticism and length but to be honest, their offense has been better. This can happen when a team loses it’s focal point on offense and everyone realizes they need to step up.
They demolished the San Antonio Spurs without Gay, which is a great sign seeing as if they can grab the final playoff spot in the West, they will be playing the Spurs in a best of seven game series.
The Grizzlies are a team still on the rise so just making the playoffs will be a successful season. Winning a few games in the opening round will be icing on the cake. With or without Gay, NBA teams don’t want to be facing the Grizzlies as the season winds down or in the postseason. They are just the type of team that can sneak up and bite you.
The Grizzlies can take whatever playoff experience they get and add it to what should be an even better team next season when Gay returns healthy and ready for more.