The Grizzlies are going into the All-Star Break at 33–18, good enough for 4th place in the Western Conference standings (thanks to Rudy Gay’s game-winner to put Toronto on top over the Denver Nuggets last night). Are we happy with that?

Let’s think back to the beginning of the season, before the November 5th home opener against the Utah Jazz. What did we want from this year’s Grizzlies team? Are they meeting or exceeding those expectations?

The pinnacle of the season so far for the Grizzlies has been the much-vaunted November run that saw them go 12–2 against some of the best teams in the league: the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks — who were undefeated at the time — and others. The ball movement was crisp, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were eating opponents alive under both baskets, Tony Allen’s hounding defense was causing chaos all over the floor, and the Grizzlies were getting into other teams’ heads with their physical play.

And then there was that one game where Wayne Ellington heated up and dropped 7 three-pointers on the Heat, but that didn’t happen again for months.