Mike Conley's improvement has helped the Memphis Grizzlies to the brink of franchise history and a top-four seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Conley and the Grizzlies try to continue their climb in the standings and go for a team-record 51st win in Wednesday night's road game against the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.
After having a strong March, Conley opened this month by hitting a last-second layup in a 92-90 victory over West-leading San Antonio on Monday. He finished with a team-best 23 points as the Grizzlies (50-24) improved to 10-3 this season when he scores 20 or more.
Memphis signaled it was ready to rely more on the sixth-year guard when it traded leading scorer Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30. Conley has lived up to those expectations by averaging 18.5 points over his last 16 games - 5.3 more than in his first 56 - and 7.0 assists.
"He's constantly getting better on the court and being a leader, putting players in the right position," forward Zach Randolph ...