NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, October 30th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (1-0) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies hope to bounce back from an embarrassing opening night loss when they play host to the Toronto Raptors at FedEx Forum.
A taste of the old and some of the new gave Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester his first career victory on Wednesday, as Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and offseason acquisition Ben Gordon added 22 to pace Detroit to a 96-74 victory over Memphis in the season opener for both clubs.
Marc Gasol recorded 21 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which finished in the basement of the Southwest Division last year. Rudy Gay notched 16 points, and Zach Randolph chipped in 14 points and nine boards in the lopsided affair.
Allen Iverson was unable to face his old team, as his Grizzlies debut was put on hold due to a partially torn left hamstring. The former All-Star remains uncertain for tonight's contest as the Grizz attempt to rebound from their worst opening night loss since moving to Memphis in 2001.
Iverson averaged a career-worst 17.5 points in 57 games for Detroit and Denver last season.
Toronto, meanwhile, is coming off a very impressive home opener. Andrea Bargnani scored a game-high 28 points and Chris Bosh contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds in that one, as the Raptors began their season with a 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hedo Turkoglu, brought in during the offseason, notched 12 points and seven rebounds in his debut with the Raptors, who stumbled to a 33-49 record last year and a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division.
Marco Belinelli came off the bench and scored 10 for Toronto, helping snap a five-game losing streak to the defending Central Division champs.
The Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak to the Raptors with a 78-70 win in Memphis last season.
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