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Grizzlies shake off slow start, injuries to reach playoffs only to lose 1st round in 7 games

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    Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger shouts in the third quarter of Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Oklahoma City won 120-109. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

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    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, left, forward Mike Miller, center, and center Marc Gasol, right, watch from the bench late in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Oklahoma City won 120-109. Gasol led Memphis with 24 points. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Associated Press

The Memphis Grizzlies put together one of the best finishing runs in the NBA to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season, and Dave Joerger had the best season of all the league's first-year coaches.

Now they must wait and see if they will be together for another playoff run.

The Grizzlies overcame a slow start and key injuries by grabbing the Western Conference's seventh seed. They finally ran out of comebacks in their first-round series to Oklahoma City with Mike Conley hobbled and Zach Randolph suspended for a 120-109 loss in Game 7 on Saturday night.

It wasn't the finish the Grizzlies wanted after advancing to their first Western Conference finals last year.

Now Randolph has a player option for next season, and the Grizzlies hope he returns.