NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 20th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (19-49) at Memphis Grizzlies (36-33), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies are still mathematically alive for a postseason berth and will play host to the Golden State Warriors tonight at FedEx Forum.
Memphis and Houston are both 5 1/2 games behind Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but time is running out for both teams. The Grizzlies lost for the third time in nine tries when they dropped a 107-94 decision to the Rockets on Wednesday, as Zach Randolph racked up 30 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort.
Rudy Gay scored 14 points, while Marcus Williams and Mike Conley each netted 11 for the Grizzlies, who had their franchise-record seven-game road winning streak snapped.
"It's tough when you get behind and try to get back up," said Conley. "The effort was out there, and we played hard. They just shot the ball so well. It was tough to get where we wanted in the second half."
Memphis is 11-1 at home this season against opponents with losing records and 21-15 overall as the host. In injury news for the Grizz, center Marc Gasol is doubtful for Saturday's game against Golden State because of a neck issue.
The Warriors hope to put an end to their season-high 12-game road losing streak when they close out a quick trek tonight in Memphis. They fell to 4-29 as the guest after Friday's 147-116 loss at San Antonio, as Monta Ellis led all scorers with 39 points and Corey Maggette racked up 30 in defeat.
"We didn't compete at a level we needed to even have a chance against this team," said Warriors coach Keith Smart. "I'm not even saying to probably win it, but you need to have a very high competitive level from the very first quarter to have a chance to make them have to play with Duncan on the floor a little bit more. That wasn't the case early on and then we had to play catch- up, and then it just snowballed from there. We don't have enough people to play against this type of team. We're very small, they're very big."
Golden State played without guard Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle). The rookie is questionable for tonight.
Warriors coach Don Nelson enters tonight's game five wins shy of breaking Lenny Wilkins' all-time record for victories (1,332).
The 2009-10 series between the Warriors and Grizzlies is tied at a game apiece, but Memphis has won four of the past five matchups. Golden State has lost two straight and seven of 10 trips to Memphis.
03/20 10:26:22 ET