NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 30th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (32-43) at Memphis Grizzlies (41-33), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies hope to continue their push to the postseason Wednesday when they entertain the Golden State Warriors at FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies, who are trying to end a four-year postseason drought, currently hold the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff race, two games ahead of Houston with just eight to play.
Memphis is coming off a big win over the leader in the West, San Antonio, on Sunday. Zach Randolph recorded his 50th double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds in that one as the Grizzlies downed the Spurs, 111-104, in the Volunteer State.
Tony Allen added 23 points, O.J. Mayo donated 17, including four three- pointers, and Mike Conley had 12 points for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five overall.
"It was just a great win because of the circumstances of how the Spurs play and how well they play," said Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins.
Memphis is also just one game behind seventh-place New Orleans and two back of No. 6 Portland in the jumbled West race, and has persevered quite well since losing Rudy Gay to a season-ending shoulder injury on Feb. 15. The Grizzlies have gone 10-7 without their star forward, who was averaging 19.8 points per game when he went down.
The Warriors, meanwhile, will miss the postseason dance for the 16th time in 17 seasons and are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Russell Westbrook scored just one point in the extra frame in that one, but his free throw with 11.4 seconds remaining was enough to lift the Thunder over the Warriors, 115-114.
Stephen Curry connected on five three-pointers en route to 35 points for the Warriors, who lost two of three to Oklahoma City in the season series. David Lee scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and Monta Ellis scored 20 with 11 assists in the loss.
"We had a lot of ups and downs, but our guys played very, very well. We did all we could do," said Warriors head coach Keith Smart.
The Grizz have won four straight against Golden State in Memphis.
03/30 10:58:58 ET