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David Joerger: 'We are relieved to reach playoffs'

Dave Joerger the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies gives instructions to his team during the NBA game against the Boston Celtics at FedExForum on November 4, 2013
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David Joerger admits that there was a feeling of relief after the Memphis Grizzlies booked their playoff spot on Monday.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger has admitted that his side were relieved to finally book their spot in the playoffs on Monday night.

A 97-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns ensured that the Grizzlies will finish in the top eight of the Western Conference following a run of four wins in a row.

"This is a culmination of not just this week or not just March or April, this is a culmination of everything we've been through since December," Joerger told reporters.

"For these guys, it's a happy locker room, a relieved locker room and just a bunch of very proud guys with great chemistry."

Memphis can replace the Dallas Mavericks in seventh position by beating them on Wednesday night.

Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 27, 2013
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