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Jeff Hornacek SunsMonday night. 10 p.m. Eastern. Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns. Only one of them can make the playoffs. The Grizzlies will be coming off a game the previous night against the Lakers. If they win that game, they’re a game up on the Suns. If they lose, the two teams are tied. Phoenix has to be praying the Lakers get the win, because they’ve lost all three games against the Grizzlies this season, and they need to claim the eighth spot outright.

If Memphis wins tomorrow night and again Monday, they’re in. If they lose both, they need to beat Dallas on Wednesday. So it has to be said that while the clock hasn’t struck midnight on the Cinderella Suns, it’s 11:58.

Regardless, they’ve won 47 games with a lineup full of players only the most diehard fan could have named at the beginning of the season. In an era where NBA coaches are more expendable than ever, Jeff Hornacek is proving that the right guy can make a huge difference.

Now let’s get to the latest from around the NBA:

Tweet of the Night: Pau Gasol rooting for Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies

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With the Los Angeles Lakers long out of the playoff race, Pau Gasol may potentially shut it down for good this season after sitting out the last several games due to severe effects of vertigo.

That doesn’t mean he’s not paying attention to what’s going on around the league – he still has particular interest in the progress of the Memphis Grizzlies because of his brother Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies are trying to fight their way into the playoffs, but the stiff competition in the West has them on the outside looking in, trailing the Phoenix Suns by one game.

On Wednesday, the Grizzlies faced the Miami Heat in a critical game for both teams. Marc Gasol did all he could to help beat the Heat 107-102 with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. The loss put Miami back in second place behind the Indiana Pacers by 1/2 game. Pau Gasol watched the intense game and needless to say, he was rooting for the Grizzlies:

 

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Tweet of the Night: Steve Kerr says no one will want to face the Grizzlies in playoffs

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Marc GasolWhen Marc Gasol went down with a scary knee injury in late November, the Memphis Grizzlies were a modest 7-6 to begin the season.

Without their reigning Defensive Player of the Year, the Grizzlies were a subpar 10-13 and many around the league began to wonder if they would even make it back to the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

SH Blog: Warriors are scary good with a full squad, Anderson could miss remainder of season

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Stephen CurryIf you follow the Golden State Warriors at all, the words “hashtag full squad” should sound familiar to you by now. If it doesn’t, click here to find out how it all began, and here for the full explanation on how it now has a life of its own.

To make a long story short, David Lee believed the Warriors were a darned good team when everyone in the starting lineup is healthy and playing together. He brought it up some weeks ago because the team was performing questionably at best through the first 20 games or so – particularly when Andre Iguodala was out of the lineup due to an injured hamstring – and some began to wonder whether all the hype about Golden State prior to the beginning of the season was justified.

As it turns out, Lee was more than right about his “full squad”. With the starting five intact, the Warriors’ record is an impressive 20-4. They are, in fact, one of the most dominating starting fives in the entire league on both ends of the court, according to Warriors.com:

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Tweet of the Night: Marc Gasol provides somewhat of an update on the status of his injured knee

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It was considered somewhat of a slow start to the season when the Memphis Grizzlies barely managed to stay above .500 with a record of 7-5 through their first 12 games.

Then they lost Marc Gasol to a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 22. How bad have the Grizzlies been since losing the reigning Defensive Player of the Year? Including that Spurs game where Gasol managed to play less than 10 minutes before suffering the injury, his team has gone 2-8. During that span, the team has floated Zach Randolph’s name for trade possibilities, while Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves – both teams that have had a long history of losing to the Grizzlies – finally snapped their respective 11-game losing streaks.