With the Spurs focusing their defensive game plan on big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies enter today's pivotal Game 3 at the FedEx Forum certain their outside shooters hold the keys to victory.

One of Memphis' most dangerous marks?men, O.J. Mayo, marvels at his very presence on the Grizzlies' roster.

Mayo's season has been a wild ride that included a fistfight with Tony Allen during a team flight, a 10-day suspension for violating the NBA's banned substance policy and a trade to the Pacers that wasn't consummated only because the teams didn't submit the deal before the deadline passed.

The suspension came on Jan. 27, just two weeks after his jaw suffered a mid-air collision with Allen's fist in a melee that erupted after a card game.

Not surprisingly, Mayo's name bubbled up in numerous rumors as the trade deadline neared, and the Grizzlies agreed to send the talented scorer to the Pacers for forward Josh McRoberts and a 2011 first-round draft pick in a trade that never was.

Mayo recalled the bizarre turn of events the day of the deadline.

"I got numerous phone calls from friends, hoping everything went well with Indiana," he said. "I didn't know what they were talking about."