NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 7th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (8-8) at Memphis Grizzlies (6-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks try to stop a two-game losing streak this evening when they continue their four-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
The Knicks were expected to have guard Allan Houston, who was activated from the IL earlier Tuesday, back in the lineup this evening, but team president Isiah Thomas has decided to be cautious and will let him sit a few more games.
New York's latest setback came on Saturday, as it dropped a 107-101 decision to the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Charlotte Coliseum.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 41 points of 17-of-25 shooting, while Stephon Marbury netted 10 points and dished out 11 assists for the Knicks, who continue to have problems playing on consecutive nights after blowing a 12- point third quarter lead to Orlando on Friday.
Nazr Mohammed had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who are 5-5 in back-to-back games this season. Tim Thomas had 12 points as New York is only 1-4 in the back end tilts.
Mohammed is averaging 13.8 points and 11.8 rebounds over his last five games and is ranked first in the NBA in offensive rebounds with 4.1 per game.
The Knicks, who will again play a back-to-back set tomorrow against the New Orleans Hornets, are 2-6 away from home this season.
Memphis, meanwhile, was handed its sixth loss in seven games on Saturday, as it was handed a 98-91 setback at the hands of the Orlando Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Pau Gasol topped the Grizzlies with 20 points and new head coach Mike Fratello fell to 1-1 since joining the team Thursday.
Reserves Stromile Swift and James Posey scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Earl Watson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
Memphis, which turned the ball over a season-high 23 times, played the game without point guard Jason Williams, who is questionable for tonight's tilt with a sore right foot.
The Grizzlies, who will hit the road for a pair of games following tonight's contest, are 4-5 at home this season.
New York defeated Memphis earlier in the season and could have the advantage tonight, as the road team in this series has won six of the last seven meetings. The Knicks have also won three straight and six of their last seven as the visitor in this series.
12/07 14:48:03 ET