NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 28th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) at Milwaukee Bucks (39-32), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks are virtually assured of a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference but the outlook is growing gloomier by the day for the Memphis Grizzlies out West as the two teams get ready to meet in Brew City.
Milwaukee has dropped two straight and the its most recent loss tightened the East playoff standings. Dwyane Wade posted 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Friday to lead Miami to a resounding 87-74 decision over Milwaukee in a battle of playoff-hopeful teams at Bradley Center.
The Bucks came into the contest two games ahead of the Heat for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but a 31.5-percent shooting effort gave the hosts their second straight loss following a 15-2 stretch.
Already without frontcourt stalwarts Andrew Bogut (back) and Ersan Ilyasova (flu), Milwaukee lost Carlos Delfino late in the second quarter after the forward was taken off on a stretcher.
Bogut and Ilyasova may suit up this afternoon but Delfino has already been listed as out.
Miami's Udonis Haslem, going after a rebound, inadvertently stepped on the neck a sprawled-out Delfino, who was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation. He was released late Friday night after a complete assessment of his head and neck injuries and is listed as day-to-day with neck and jaw soreness.
Memphis, meanwhile, is coming off a disastrous loss to Golden State in Oakland on Wednesday. Stephen Curry scored 30 and the Warriors used a 78-point first half in that one, on the way to a 128-110 victory over the Grizzlies, dealing a severe blow to Memphis' playoff aspirations.
Rudy Gay had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who remain in ninth place in the Western Conference, but are now 5 1/2 games behind Portland for the final playoff spot with just 10 games left on the schedule.
Mike Conley ended with 21 points and nine assists, while O.J. Mayo contributed 21 points, eight boards and six assists, but Memphis dropped its second straight road game.
"We decided to play their game," Mayo said. "They want you to settle for the jump shots so they can get out and run and get some easy transition baskets. It was a lack of focus, a lack of concentration."
A host of teams will be rooting for the Bucks tonight. Utah and Dallas can clinch a playoff spot if the Grizz lose while Denver can secure one with a win against Orlando or a Memphis loss.
Milwaukee has won six of the past seven meeting in the series, including a 103-98 win in Memphis back in November.
03/28 13:02:41 ET