After the deepest playoff run in their history, the Grizzlies seemed poised to break out to the next level last season. I loved them unabashedly before the season. They ran into some trouble, and lost two key cogs (Marc Gasol and Tony Allen) for a significant chunk of the season.
But the nice part about building a deep, quality roster is that they were able to overcome that adversity and roar into the playoffs. There, they lost to the Thunder in a series for the ages that featured four straight overtime games. The Grizzlies, perhaps even more than the Rockets, can legitimately complain about missed opportunities.