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Physical Defense in Memphis: Without Chandler Parsons? What is next for the Grizzlies as the Playoffs are less than 10 days away.

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Physical Defense First!

Over the past few years the Memphis Grizzlies have prided themselves on physical defense, grit and intensity. Despite suffering injuries and devastating blows, the franchise consistently fights their way into the playoffs every year.

Hurt Again:

With the 2016-2017 NBA season coming to a close the Grizzlies have clinched their 7th consecutive playoff berth. If the Grizzlies played in the eastern conference they would be the 5th seed at 42-36. With physical defense and a streaky offense the team has a chance to win any game they enter.

Prior to the 2016-2017 season the Grizzlies signed former Florida Gator Chandler Parsons to a four-year maximum contract. The signing raised eyebrows for some due to the Florida natives list of injuries.

Parsons was taken 38th in the 2011 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. The 6-10 forward would play his first three seasons in Houston before signing with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency. While playing in  Houston Parsons was making under $1 million.

Dallas would offer Parsons a 3-year $46 million offer sheet. As free agency continued to progress the Rockets would decline to match the Mavericks offer.  Parsons was frustrated with the Rockets because they did not value or see him as key piece to a championship roster.

Was Parsons Worth the Max?

The former Gator would play in Dallas for two years before signing a max contract with Memphis. Parsons is a skilled forward who has a career average of 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

In addition to maintaining a solid career average across the board, the small-forward plays a majority of his games, but has suffered injuries at the most inconvenient times. Prior to signing with Memphis the five-year player made it clear he wanted a maximum contract with the Mavericks.

Unfortunately in mid-march of the 2015-2016 season, the forward would undergo knee surgery, which led to the end of the courtship between the two parties.

Injury woes continue in Memphis!

Memphis seemed to be in rout to make some noise in this year’s playoffs, but suffered devastating news that their newly acquired forward tore his meniscus. This injury would require season ending injury, which would disrupt the team’s rotation. The two way player would only play 34 games this season.

For the Grizzlies this is not uncharted territory, last season the franchise would lose their star center Marc Gasol to a fractured foot. The team would go on to be swept by the San Antonio Spurs. One thing is clear the Memphis organization has grit, character and heart, but will it be enough to make it past the first round of the playoffs.

Playoff Push!

Currently the franchises rotation consists of Mike Conley Jr., Vince Carter, Marc Gasol, James Ennis, JaMychal Green, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and Brandon Wright. First year head coach David Fizdale has done a great job balancing the line-up.

Fizdale has done a great job of continuing to push physical defense, grit, and effort. Come playoffs defense won’t be the issue, but it will be a challenge for the first year head coach to find consistent offense.

Again we know that the team will play physical defense, but what will happen if the offense isn’t there? With the playoffs 10 days away the franchise is currently the 7th seed at (42-36) and would face the Spurs.

What will the Grizzlies do? Was signing Parsons to a max deal wise?

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