NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 17th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (2-5) at Portland Trail Blazers (3-3), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers play the second of a four-game homestand tonight, as they welcome the struggling Memphis Grizzlies to the Rose Garden.
On Saturday, Zach Randolph scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Portland over the Toronto Raptors, 105-102, in front of its home crowd. Damon Stoudamire added 20 points and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Raptors trailed 83-65 heading into the final quarter, but they scored 35 of the next 50 points to go ahead, 100-98. Rafer Alston capped off the rally with a three-pointer with 2:04 remaining. However with 59.2 seconds left, Theo Ratliff drained a free throw to break a 100-100 tie as the Blazers ended the contest by scoring five of the final seven points.
After six games, Randolph leads the Blazers in scoring (20.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg), while Stoudamire is Portland's top assist man at 7.3 per game.
Portland is 2-0 at home this season.
The Grizzlies play the second of a four-game road trip tonight. Memphis lost to the Seattle SuperSonics, 118-113, on Sunday at KeyArena. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol's 25 points, while Mike Miller finished with 18 points in the loss.
In Sunday's game, Memphis forged ahead 110-107, before Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer to tie it at 110 with 2:43 left. A free throw by Gasol regained the advantage for the Grizzlies at 111-110 with 1:52 remaining, but a Allen jumper with 1:35 left gave the Sonics the lead for good. Luke Ridnour and Allen each added a pair of free throws down the stretch to secure the come- from-behind victory.
Gasol has scored in double-digits in all seven of Memphis' games. He has averaged 18.9 and 6.6 rebounds per game so far this season.
Memphis is 0-3 on the road this season.
Last season, the teams split four games. Overall, Memphis has won two of three and three of the last five meetings in this series. The Grizzlies have lost four of six and 13 of their last 16 at Portland.
11/17 10:11:05 ET