MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Basketball life in the Bluff City is rough these days.
If you've been paying attention, you know about the mass of injuries the Grizzlies are dealing with.
Marc Gasol. Mike Conley. Zach Randolph. Vince Carter. Jordan Adams. Brandan Wright. PJ Hairston. Chris Andersen.
The Grizzlies have put a league-high 26 players on the court this season. The last team to have that many was Dallas in 1996-97.
Despite this, the Grizzlies are still firmly entrenched in the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
No NBA team has ever made the playoffs when trotting out 24 or more players during one season.
In addition, the Grizzlies predictably lead the NBA in games missed due to injury. Grizzlies players have missed a total of 233 games. The next most games missed is New Orleans with 222.
That number has shown no signs of stopping, either.
Hairston, Wright and Adams remain without timetables for their return.
Andersen is expected to return within the week, and Randolph and Carter are expected to return soon.
On top of all of this, Matt Barnes was suspended for the second time this season for a locker room incident.
Despite all this, the Grizzlies stand at 39-30 heading into their bout with the Clippers Saturday night.