NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 12th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (22-42) at Memphis Grizzlies (34-31), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies are still alive in the Western Conference playoff race, but time is running short. Tonight they'll begin a three-game homestand versus the New York Knicks at FedEx Forum with hopes of gaining ground in the conference standings.
Memphis has won two in a row and four of five games, and is four games behind Portland for the eighth and final postseason spot in the West. It will also welcome the Nuggets and Bulls to Tennessee and sports a 19-14 mark as the host this season. Memphis is 9-1 at home this season against opponents with losing records.
In a 111-91 victory at Boston on Wednesday, Rudy Gay had 28 points and O.J. Mayo posted 17 to help the Grizzlies extend their franchise-record road winning streak to seven games.
"It's a big game...we're not clouding our brains with the fact that we need to make the playoffs. It's the fact that we are getting better as a team, and the better we get the more wins we get," Gay said.
Zach Randolph returned from a stiff back to add 13 points and 10 rebounds in a winning effort.
New York will continue a five-game road trip Friday and opened the trek on a down note, suffering a 97-87 loss at San Antonio two nights ago. Reigning double-double king David Lee had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost three of four overall and three straight as the guest.
Wilson Chandler tallied 17 points, Al Harrington added 15 points off the bench and Danilo Gallinari ended with 14 points and five boards in defeat. New York was outscored 14-5 over the final 3:33 to fall to 8-21 away from Madison Square Garden this season.
"I think our defense was good throughout the entire game. We really have to make our shots to beat a team like the Spurs and tonight we didn't do it," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.
The Knicks will also visit the Mavs, Sixers and Celtics on the road swing.
Memphis won the first meeting with New York, 120-109, on February 27 in the Big Apple behind 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds by Randolph. These two clubs have split the last 16 matchups.
03/12 10:47:00 ET