NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 28th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (10-8) at Phoenix Suns (6-12), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies hope to finish a four-game road trip on a winning note Saturday when they pay a visit to the struggling Phoenix Suns.
The Grizzlies started their trek in a positive fashion, winning at Golden State before dropping a pair to Portland and the LA Clippers.
Most recently Rudy Gay had 24 points to pace Memphis in LA on Thursday. The Grizz made it competitive despite being down 16 points in the first quarter but eventually fell for the second straight time on the heels of a seven-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol logged 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, while Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo had 14 points apiece.
"We couldn't get any stops down the stretch," Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins said.
The Suns, meanwhile, dropped their third straight in Portland on Friday, getting routed by the Trail Blazers 109-71. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in that one as Portland dominated the middle two quarters en rote to avenging a 102-77 loss at Phoenix on Jan. 6.
Grant Hill scored 12 for Phoenix, which shot 37 percent from the field. Sebastian Telfair added 10 points in Phoenix's eight setback in 10 games.
"We can't score nine points and it's happened quite a bit now," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said of the horrid second quarter. "I've got to make some adjustments some kind of way where we can at least keep the game level when we're in it in the second quarter."
The Suns have also lost three in a row in the desert, their longest slide at home since a five-game hiccup from March 6-19, 2004.
Phoenix has dropped two of its last three at home to Memphis but overall the Grizz have won in just six of their 31 trips to the Valley of the Sun.
01/28 10:51:37 ET