NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 22nd (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (8-2) at Memphis Grizzlies (4-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs finish their four-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
San Antonio is 2-1 on its current road swing. On Sunday, the Spurs fell to the Toronto Raptors, 96-91, at Air Canada Centre. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs in the loss with a game-high 26 points and 15 boards. Tony Parker contributed 13 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Spurs, who were outscored 33-9 in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by an 82-63 score, Toronto opened the fourth quarter on a 19-4 run as Morris Peterson's three-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the game pulled Toronto within four. The Raptors would later even the score at 87 apiece on two foul shots by Chris Bosh and a Rafer Alston layup in succession. Alston then gave the Raptors an 89-88 lead after Duncan sank 1-of-2 free throws.
With less than two minutes to go, Lamond Murray hit a three from the top of the key and the Raptors had a 92-90 lead. Murray, who also had a big block on Duncan, then sealed the win with an 18-foot jumper for a 94-90 edge with 14.6 seconds left.
The Spurs are 4-2 on the road this season.
Memphis comes into tonight's game having won four of its last six contests. On Saturday, Stromile Swift posted 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to a 100-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors at The Arena. Bonzi Wells added 17 points for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies were forced to play Saturday without their best player, as forward Pau Gasol did not dress because of a sprained right ankle suffered Friday night against the Sacramento Kings. Despite having just three players reach doubles figures, the Grizzlies reached 100 points to close out their four-game road swing at 2-2. A big part of that came from the Memphis reserves, which scored 43 points - led by Mike Miller's 13.
Gasol, who is averaging 18.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in nine games this season for Memphis, is doubtful for tonight's contests.
Memphis is 2-2 as the host this season.
Last season, Memphis won three of the four contests against the Spurs. Overall, the Grizzlies have won four of the last six contests in this series. San Antonio has lost two straight after winning its last 13 at the Grizzlies.
11/22 10:06:12 ET