MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It took a near-perfect February for the Memphis Grizzlies to stay teetering on the fourth spot in the Western Conference.
One bad loss and it would have felt Wednesday night like the city had fallen into the Mississippi River, floating out of playoff contention.
A strong second half against visiting Portland prevented that and Memphis beat the Blazers 91-85 at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies went 9-2 in February and entered Wednesday winners of 9 of their last 10 games. But they had only a one-game lead on Denver for the fourth spot and still trailed the Clippers by two games. The Clippers had won eight of their last 10, Denver 7 of 10.
"We understand that the West is loaded and we've understood that from day one," point guard Mike Conley said. "We're almost to the point where we're like Man, we might need to win 60 games in order to stay where we're at.'"
It was a hobbling Memphis (40-19) team. Ed Davis drew his first start with Zach Randolph benched by a sprained ...