The Grizzlies, 12-13 after Monday's 89-94 home loss to the Spurs in FedExForum, have played a little more of a third of the games in the strike-shortened 66-game season.
And one game below .500 isn't bad for a team missing 30.1 points and 16.5 rebounds from last year's squad. All-star forward Zach Randolph tore a MCL on Jan. 1 and is out until early March, while sixth-man Darrell Arthur tore an Achilles on Dec. 18 to end his season before it started.
But with the brutal schedule, trying to incorporate new faces and Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins admittedly leaning heavily on his four returning starters, fatigue is taking its toll.
"This season is more about being mentally tough than physically tough," Griz F Rudy Gay said. "We know we're playing a lot of minutes. We know the makeup of our team has changed. It's something you have to fight through."
But when you average 37.6 minutes like Gay, or 38 minutes like C Marc Gasol, or 35.3 minutes like G Mike Conley, you have nights lik...