NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 19th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (10-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (11-11), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The suddenly struggling Los Angeles Clippers will try to stop a four-game skid this evening, when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Staples Center.
The Clippers' downward spiral continued on Friday night, as they dropped a 113-86 decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Elton Brand scored 17 points with seven rebounds to lead LA, which has dropped four straight. Corey Maggette contributed 15 points in the loss.
The Clippers played teams tight in their previous three losses, which included a pair of two-point setbacks and a double-overtime loss to Boston.
But the Timberwolves put an end to that in the second half of this one, opening the third quarter with a 15-6 run to extend their 47-39 halftime lead to 62-45. The Clippers hardly challenged down the stretch.
The Clippers have lost nine straight to the Timberwolves.
Clippers guard Kerry Kittles sat out the second half with a strained lower back. Kittles will be out indefinitely with the injury.
Los Angeles, which is 7-6 at home this season, is opening a two-game homestand tonight.
Memphis registered an 89-84 win over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night at the FedExForum. Jason Williams finished with 27 points and six assists to pace the Grizzlies to the win. Pau Gasol contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
James Posey registered 13 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, which used an 11-2 run to snap a 64-64 tie. Williams drained consecutive three-pointers to put the team ahead 75-66 with 5:30 to play.
New Jersey cut its deficit to 85-84 on a dunk by Richard Jefferson with 16 seconds remaining. However, Posey hit four foul shots in the final 12 seconds to secure the win for the Grizzlies.
Mike Miller notched 12 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 7-7 at home this season. Memphis has won three straight over New Jersey.
The Grizzlies have not been at their best on the road this season, winning just three of 11 games. Memphis is opening a five-day, four-game road trip, which includes games against the Lakers, Golden State and Phoenix.
The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings in this series. However, the Grizzlies swept four meetings between these teams last season and has won five consecutive contests in the set.
12/19 10:06:41 ET