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NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest Division

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The quarter-season mark has been broached by the NBA, as November draws to a close. Twenty games might not look like a whole lot, but there’s a lot which could be taken away from the drama of any team through this point in the season.
The season has been rather a surprising one so much, even more so for its teams which reside in the Southwest branch. Up and down, the Southwest has not performed just how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams done to this point in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind hasn’t made a comeback, like it had been 2013 but this year was began by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they’ve come back down from a surprising start, that the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the branch and look much improved by the 22-60 squad they ran outside onto the court . Mike Conley, who has averaged 20.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 20 matches, has rebounded after he missed most of last year due to injury, and his return has his seasoned partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered his numbers following an abysmal 2017; the Spaniard is among five players this season to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, the Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack have proved competent additions too.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played at a high degree; the former Michigan State Spartan has averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, one steal and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 34.9 percent on 2.2 three-point attempts per game.
The Grizzlies were not expected by many to lead the division at the quarter mark, or perhaps some mark, this year. Where they’ve found themselves, However, with all the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets underperforming to a level, this is. They can consider their year a success thus far, although they may not hold all season.

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