NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 5th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (2-3) at Phoenix Suns (1-3), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns are off to a disappointing 1-3 start and will try to end a two-game slide tonight versus the Memphis Grizzlies at US Airways Center.
The Suns suffered a 112-110 loss versus San Antonio on Wednesday, as Jason Richardson scored 21 points and both Steve Nash and Hakim Warrick recorded 19 points in defeat.
"We just got to keep our heads up. We know this is not a sprint, it's a marathon, it's a long season," Richardson said. "We still got seventy- something games left. Nobody's got their head down. It's early in the season. We've got a long way to go and every game we'll get better."
Phoenix is off to its worst start since opening the 2006-07 campaign with five losses in its first six contests. It will close out a three-game homestand this evening and became the first team in NBA history to play its first four games against teams that won 50 games and made the playoffs the prior season.
Memphis didn't make the playoffs last year and is 0-2 so far on a four-game road trip against the Lakers, Warriors, Suns and Kings.
In Wednesday's 115-109 loss at Golden State, Rudy Gay scored 35 points and Mike Conley contributed 18 and a career-high 13 assists for the Grizzlies, who have dropped three out of five to begin the season.
"Right now, I guess we're feeling sorry for ourselves," Gay said. "We have to realize that we're better than some of the games that we're playing, and we have to start performing like we want to win."
O.J. Mayo had 23 points in a losing effort. Memphis will also make a stop in Sacramento to close out the trek.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (tailbone) is listed as questionable for tonight and has missed the last four games since he suffered the injury in a season-opening loss to Atlanta.
Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins and assistant Johnny Davis will not be with the team Friday to attend the funeral of Portland Trail Blazers great Maurice Lucas. Assistant David Joerger will serve as head coach.
The Grizzlies and Suns split four meetings last season, while Phoenix has won 13 of the last 16 contests in this series. Memphis has dropped 21 of its last 25 visits to the Valley of the Sun.
11/05 10:38:25 ET