Memphis Grizzles (24-12) at San Antonio Spurs (29-11), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The two powers in the Southwest Division collide on
Wednesday night when the first-place San Antonio Spurs host the Memphis
The two teams split their previous two meetings this season, with each team
winning on its home court. The Grizzlies bested the Spurs in overtime Friday
night in Memphis.
Rudy Gay missed two late free throws in regulation, but hit the go-ahead
jumper with 27.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Grizzlies a 101-98
Two days later, the Spurs topped the Minnesota Timberwolves at home, but the
win came at a price. Manu Ginobili injured his hamstring in the second quarter
against the T-Wolves and an MRI on Monday revealed a Grade 1 left hamstring
strain. He will be out of action 10-14 days.
"Have trust and faith in our guys that we'll be able to pick up the slack for
Manu," said Danny Green. "He's been playing well for us. It sucks that he got
The Spurs will certainly miss Ginobili, but the comfy confines of AT&T Center
should help. San Antonio owns the best home record in the NBA at 16-2 and a
win on Wednesday would allow the Spurs to become the league's third 30-win
team alongside the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Grizzlies come into Wednesday's huge clash losers of two straight. They
fell in Dallas to the Mavericks, 104-83, on Saturday night, then got clobbered
at home by the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-73, on Monday. Rudy Gay missed the
Clippers game for personal reasons, but the Clippers were without one of their
stars, Chris Paul.
The Clippers held Memphis to a season-low in points and 30-percent shooting
from the field. That was the third-lowest field-goal percentage in Grizzlies
"We weren't competing on a high level," said head coach Lionel Hollins. "We
didn't make shots. We started off shooting poorly and continued shooting
Only three Grizzlies players reached double figures in scoring, led by 15 from
Memphis ranks 25th in the league in scoring, so Gay's expected return should
help. The defense, which has been a problem to vary degrees in the last two
losses, is second in the NBA, but Wednesday should pose an interesting matchup
since the Spurs are third in scoring.
"It's going to be real important," Randolph said of Wednesday's encounter.
"They're going to definitely be ready for us. We have to come out, match
energy and be ready ourselves."
The Spurs have owned this series in Alamo City. San Antonio has won five
straight and 15 of its last 16 at home against the Grizzlies.
01/16 10:43:34 ET
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