NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 7th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (19-33) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-36), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors will try to put the brakes on a five- game losing streak Saturday when they resume a three-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
Toronto dropped the opener of the trek on Friday, suffering a 101-92 setback at New Orleans Arena. Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points and Jose Calderon returned from a one-game absence due to a sore hamstring and posted 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the loss to the Hornets.
Andrea Bargnani added 19 points, while Anthony Parker added 12 for the Raptors, who will also visit Minnesota and are 10-18 away from Canada this season. Toronto played without All-Star forward Chris Bosh, who sat because of a sprained right knee suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers. Bosh is expected to miss tonight's game as well.
The Raptors are last in the Atlantic Division.
Meanwhile, Memphis will continue a four-game homestand Saturday and had its short two-game winning streak stopped with Friday's 126-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rudy Gay had a team-high 26 points for the Grizzlies, who had won their first two games of February after dropping 12 straight. Mike Conley added 18 points and Greg Buckner had 13 in a losing effort.
The Grizzlies, who sit last in the Southwest standings, are 1-1 on the residency and will also host the Hornets. They own a 10-18 ledger at home this season.
Toronto defeated Memphis, 103-82, on January 9 this season at Air Canada Centre and has won four straight in the series. The Raptors have lost five of their last seven visits to Memphis.
02/07 10:37:15 ET