NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 26th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (5-7) at Minnesota Timberwolves (6-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Still reeling from head coach Hubie Brown's surprise retirement, the Memphis Grizzlies will try to get their minds straight when they battle the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Brown dropped a bombshell on Thursday night, announcing his retirement due to unknown health concerns. The decision brings the end to his 33-year basketball coaching career, including 13 seasons as an NBA head coach. Replacing Brown at the helm in the interim will be assistant Lionel Hollins.
Before joining the Grizzlies, Hollins served seven years with the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach from 1988-95.
The Grizzlies had a two-game win streak stopped on Wednesday, falling 93-84 to the Seattle SuperSonics. Shane Battier finished with 12 points for the Grizzlies, who had won three straight at home. Bonzi Wells, Mike Miller and Lorenzen Wright added 10 points each in the losing effort.
Battier has scored in double-digits in just three of Memphis' 12 games this season. Wells has scored 10 or more points in seven straight contests and is averaging 15.7 points in that span.
Memphis is not completely healthy right now, as Stromile Swift (scratched cornea) and Pau Gasol (right ankle sprain) are questionable for this contest. Neither player appeared in the Seattle contest.
The Grizzlies are 2-4 on the road this season.
Minnesota has lost two straight contests, including a 106-102 loss to the short-handed Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday night. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Timberwolves, who were also short a man with the early morning arrest and subsequent team suspension of center Michael Olowokandi.
Olowokandi spent Wednesday night in jail after police needed a stun gun to get him to leave a nightclub in Indianapolis.
Garnett failed to record a double-double for the first time this season.
Troy Hudson scored 19 in Minnesota's second consecutive loss of the year and sixth in seven tries versus Indiana. Wally Szczerbiak and Latrell Sprewell chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively. Sam Cassell registered 10 points and four assists for the Wolves.
The Timberwolves are 3-2 at home this season.
Minnesota has won two straight, 12 of 13 and 19 of its last 21 meetings with the Grizzlies. The T'Wolves have won five of their last six home tilts versus the Grizzlies. All-time, the Grizzlies are just 2-16 at Minnesota.
11/26 10:08:08 ET