NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 11th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (1-7) at Houston Rockets (4-3), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams coming off blowout losses last night meet in south Texas on Wednesday as the Houston Rockets play host to the Memphis Grizzlies.
When it rains, it pours in Memphis. Already reeling from the off-the-court issues involving enigmatic guard Allen Iverson, the Grizzlies lost their first round draft choice, center Hasheem Thabeet, to a fractured jaw in a 93-79 setback to Portland on Tuesday.
Thabeet, the No. 2 overall selection in last June's draft, crashed into the back of teammate Zach Randolph's head while scrambling for a rebound late in the first quarter. He went to the floor while team trainers attended to his jaw before eventually leaving the court under his own power.
Early indications are that the 22-year-old will sit out tonight with no firm timetable for his return.
The former standout at UConn is averaging just 0.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in under seven minutes per game through Memphis' first seven contests of the year, however.
As for the game itself, Brandon Roy headed a balanced attack with 20 points and seven assists in the Blazers win.
Marc Gasol paced Memphis with 20 points and eight boards, while O.J. Mayo tallied 17. Former longtime Trail Blazer Randolph scored 11 and secured 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who were coming off a winless five-game road trip and the recent developments surrounding Iverson.
The 10-time All-Star was set to make his home debut for the Grizzlies Tuesday but instead took an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Saturday and is reportedly considering retirement.
Iverson had voiced his displeasure with being handed a reserve role to start the year and cited personal reasons for leaving the team.
Mike Conley, who has been starting over Iverson, was 3-of-10 for seven points in the loss.
"We really couldn't get anything going at one point in the second half. It was our third quarter. We started out bad and it was hard for us to get back," said Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay.
The Rockets, meanwhile, lost an early 17-point lead and were routed by in- state rival Dallas on Tuesday. Jason Terry was deadly off the bench in that one, missing just one shot in a 24-point effort, as the Mavericks rebounded from some early struggles to post a 121-103 win.
Aaron Brooks scored a team-high 22 points for the Rockets, who fell to 4-3 on the season. Carl Landry came off the bench to add 19 points, while David Andersen contributed 13 points and five rebounds.
Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola each had 12 points in the loss.
"We weren't doing anything, and then they got on a roll and just rolled at the end of that third quarter to break it open," said Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. "It's just something we've got to learn; you've got to run an offense, and everybody's got to be involved, and I thought we did too much with just one guy trying to do it or two guys, and that's it."
Memphis, which has dropped six in a row overall and are off to their worst start since losing eight of their first nine in 2005-06, has dropped six straight contests in Houston.
11/11 10:47:41 ET