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Southwest Division Review: November 11-17

By Connor Paden
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Nov 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) takes a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies – Season Record: 5-5

Week of November 11th-November 17th: 2-2

New Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger seems to be pressing a bit, but it certainly paid off as Memphis started their west coast swing two games ago. After winning a tight game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Grizzlies dominated the Kings in Sacramento. Zach Randolph had 28 and 22 points respectively in the games and had double digit rebounds in both as well.

A loss to start the week at Indiana is nothing to be concerned about, although a loss at home to the Raptors was a little bit disturbing. While Mike Conley scored 29 in that game and both Marc Gasol and Randolph contributed double-doubles, the team only put up 87 against a weak Toronto defense. Ex-Grizzly Rudy Gay lit up his former team for 23 points and guard Kyle Lowry added 21 of his own. The bottom line is this Memphis team, especially the starting five, are not producing the way they should be. Perhaps Randolph’s play at the beginning of this west coast swing has helped the Grizzlies turn the corner. Games this week against the Clippers, Warriors, and Spurs will be good indicators of were Memphis is at.

This week: @ Clippers, @ Warriors, vs. Spurs

New Orleans Pelicans – Season Record: 4-6

Week of November 11th-November 17th: 1-2

 This was not a good week for the Pelicans, a team that has disappointed thus far this season. I expected the Pelicans to be fairly competitive for a playoff spot this year but they have not been even playing at the level they need to yet. They started the week by getting beat by 21 by the Lakers, a team they had beaten by double digits four days before. They followed that up by losing by 6 to the Jazz and handing Utah their first win of the season.

It wasn’t all bad for the Pelicans, who dominated the 76ers to the tune of a 37 point victory. New Orleans is 3-2 at home at least. Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans with 26 points off the bench and we even had a Tyreke Evans sighting as the former Sacramento King scored 15 and added 3 3-pointers. The Pelicans made 13 3’s in the game behind Anderson’s 6, and they looked good for a bit. They are going to need these performances off the bench if they expect to turn their season around. A few easy home games sprinkled with some key days off this week may do the trick for New Orleans.

This week: vs. Jazz, vs. Cavaliers