NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 5th (All times eastern)
Houston Rockets (0-2) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The new-look Houston Rockets will try for the third time to get their first win tonight, when they finish up a three-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
The Rockets fell again on Wednesday, as they dropped a 95-88 decision to the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Tracy McGrady netted a game-high 21 points for the Rockets, who have dropped their first two contests of the campaign. Yao Ming contributed 17 points and nine boards in the loss. However, he did turn the ball over six times.
McGrady is only 12-of-32 from the field in his first two games.
Houston point guards Charlie Ward and Tyronn Lue combined for just four assists.
The Rockets have started their season with an 0-2 record for the 13th time in franchise history and the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Only five Rockets squads have started the year with three losses.
In each of Houston�s losses, the Rockets' opponent has had more rebounds, more assists, more steals and less turnovers.
Houston is 0-2 on the road this season after going 18-23 in foreign buildings last season.
The Grizzlies had a disappointing debut in their new building on Wednesday night, falling 103-91 to the Washington Wizards.
Bonzi Wells netted a team-high 19 points for the Grizzlies, who are coming off last season's franchise-record 50 wins and first-ever postseason appearance. Memphis, which also received 17 points and nine boards from Pau Gasol, has dropped four straight season-openers.
Memphis owned a 52-44 lead at the half, but fell apart in the second half. In the third quarter, the Grizzlies were outscored, 32-11. In the fourth, Memphis got as close as eight, but never seriously threatened.
Memphis lost an 18-point first-half lead in large part to 18 turnovers.
Memphis was without center Lorenzen Wright, who was handed a one-game suspension by the NBA after he was ejected in a preseason victory over Milwaukee for shoving his hand in the face of Bucks' center Zaza Pachulia. Wright will be back for tonight's game.
The Grizzlies went an impressive 31-10 at the Pyramid last season.
The Rockets hold a 25-12 regular season edge over Memphis, with the two teams never meeting in the postseason. Last year the Grizzlies took three of four meetings.
11/05 10:06:41 ET