Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/10/12
For a while, it seemed the Memphis Grizzlies might not follow up the promise of last season's impressive finish. They're quickly erasing those concerns and must feel good about continuing to do so with their top player nearing a return. Only two Western Conference teams have a better record than Memphis, which enters Saturday night's road game against the Phoenix Suns seeking a sixth consecutive victory. A 46-win season in 2010-11 and a playoff upset of top-seeded San Antonio had Grizzlies fans excited going into this winter, but an inconsistent first six weeks and an injury to Zach Randolph tempered that optimism. However, just over a month after a 2-7 slump left them with the West's fifth-worst record, the Grizzlies (23-15) now sit below only Oklahoma City and the Spurs. They've won five straight and nine of 10 even with Randolph sidelined by a torn knee ligament. The 2011 All-Star, Memphis' top scorer and rebounder last season, has been out since Jan. 1 but recently returned ...
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