Memphis may be the home of the blues, but the music coming out of Memphis last spring was anything but melancholy.
The Grizzlies won 46 games, the third-most in a season in franchise history, won the first playoff series in franchise history, beating the San Antonio Spurs, then gave Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder all they wanted before bowing out in seven.
Heading into the abbreviated 2011-12 season, the problem the Grizzlies face is a common one for teams making the kind of break out the way the Grizzlies did last year. Following up on your success now that people know who you are and meeting expectations, which naturally and unrealistically get ratcheted up.
That said, Memphis has what it takes to improve on or at least come close to matching its .561 winning percentage from last year and move up from eighth place, where it finished last season (they would have been fifth in the East). They should even be able to close the gap on the perennial Southwest Divisio...