NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 28th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (13-45) at Memphis Grizzlies (15-42), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of last-place teams get together this evening, as the Memphis Grizzlies welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder to FedEx Forum.
Memphis is in the basement of the Southwest Division and has dropped six in a row. In Wednesday's 104-99 loss at Indiana, Marc Gasol scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who suffered their fifth consecutive loss on the road.
O.J. Mayo registered 21 points and Mike Conley had 13 points and eight assists in defeat. Memphis will try to work on their 12-19 home record Saturday night.
Oklahoma City, meanwhile, sits in the basement of the Northwest and dropped its eighth in a row in Dallas on Friday when Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game- high 41 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Mavericks came from behind to beat the Thunder, 110-108, in an overtime thriller.
Oklahoma City star forward Kevin Durant left in the first quarter of the game with a sprained right ankle. Durant came down on his right ankle awkwardly after trying to draw a foul with just over seven minutes to play in the quarter. The reigning Rookie of the Year remained in the game for almost three minutes before heading to the bench.
Durant went to the locker room to get X-rays, which came back negative, but he didn't return to the game. The NBA's fourth-leading scorer had six points and grabbed two rebounds before his unexpected exit.
"I don't know. I know he took x-rays and everything was negative, which is a good sign. But don't know how long he'll be out," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
Russell Westbrook paced Oklahoma City with 33 points, eight boards, and five helpers. Jeff Green added 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who dropped to 3-25 as the visitor. Thabo Sefolosha ended with 12 points and eight rebounds in defeat.
The Thunder and Grizzlies will wrap up their season series tonight and Oklahoma City has won two of the three matchups. Oklahoma City/Seattle has lost four of its last six at Memphis. The Grizz are 12-19 on their home floor this season.
02/28 10:34:37 ET