NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 6th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (1-4) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-1), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Memphis Grizzlies resume a grueling five- game road trip in Los Angeles Friday when they visit the Lakers at Staples Center.
The Grizzlies fell to 0-3 on the swing Wednesday in Oakland when Anthony Morrow and Monta Ellis totaled 24 points apiece, and the Golden State Warriors earned their first win of the season in a 113-105 final against Memphis.
Rudy Gay posted 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their third in a row and are now 1-4 this season.
Embattled guard Allen Iverson came off the bench for the second time in as many games, logging 27 1/2 minutes and scoring 18 points to go with seven assists.
Zach Randolph had 16 points and 10 boards and Marc Gasol posted 12 and 14 for Memphis. O.J. Mayo contributed 14 points in a losing effort.
"We need practice time first of all. That's first and foremost, to get back to our principles," said Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins. "We haven't had a lot of practices since we left home because of the way the season broke for us."
The Grizz will finish their trip at Staples Center tomorrow against the Clippers.
The Lakers, meanwhile, won their second straight overtime game Wednesday in Houston. Kobe Bryant carried the Lakers on his back in that one with 41 points and six rebounds, but it was Andrew Bynum's foul shots late in the extra frame that gave Los Angeles a 103-102 victory over the Rockets.
Bynum, who hit 3-of-4 at the line inside 44.2 seconds left in OT, had 17 points and 17 rebounds despite spraining his elbow for the Lakers, who have won three in a row. Bynum is questionable for Friday's game.
Ron Artest poured in 15 points and grabbed six rebounds against his former team. Lamar Odom added 14 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which beat Houston in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals last year.
"I think we were semi satisfied with the mental toughness we showed given the circumstances surrounding the game and the overtime. Physically, we didn't push it that much, we had a couple of break downs, but it was a battle," Artest said.
The Lakers continue to play without forward Pau Gasol, the brother of Memphis' Marc. The All-Star has yet to take the floor this season with a right hamstring injury but is getting closer to playing. LA coach Phil Jackson expects the 7-footer to practice this weekend.
The Grizzlies have lost four straight to the Lakers but have won five of their last nine vs. the team at Staples Center. Memphis has dropped 22 of the 27 matchups as the visitor in this series.
11/06 10:59:08 ET