If the Grizzlies can strike the balance they achieved Wednesday night for the rest of the regular season, then Coach Lionel Hollins will be a happy man.

The regular season is winding down but the Griz are still trying to check off a few boxes on their to-do list. Those same players in the rotation who could use some rest have their sights on the third seed in the Western Conference playoff standings.

However, having the team play its best basketball going into the postseason is Hollins’ main concern.

The Grizzlies left little doubt throughout their 94-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers that they intend to play with purpose. An early double-digit lead in the Rose Garden allowed for the starters to play relatively low minutes as the Griz cruised to their fourth straight win and kept pace with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers in their three-team battle for a high seed.

“It’s hard mentally, especially on the road, to do that,” Hollins said of playing with purpose. “But we did it.”

Portland coach Terry Stotts was fed a few examples as soon as the second half began. Griz guard Tony Allen picked up two of his five steals and center Marc Gasol grabbed another on the Blazers’ first few possessions of the third period.

The Blazers didn’t get to attempt a shot until two minutes into the second half and after Stotts called for time.

Memphis was all business.

“When you come out and have those three turnovers at the beginning of the second half, it’s pretty deflating,” Stotts said. “I don’t think we came out with the right purpose at the beginning of the second half. It got better but you can’t take anything for granted with your passes against Memphis.”