NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 19th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (21-18) at Phoenix Suns (31-8), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The short-handed Phoenix Suns will attempt to halt a season-high four-game losing streak this evening, when they begin a three-game homestand against the Memphis Grizzlies at America West Arena.
Phoenix will likely once again be without All-Star point guard Steve Nash, who added a twisted back to his bruised thigh injury in practice on Tuesday. Nash is doubtful, while his backup Leandro Barbosa suffered a sprained left ankle in the practice. Barbosa left practice on crutches, leaving him out for tonight's contest. If Nash and Barbosa are both out, Joe Johnson will be moved to the point.
Phoenix, which still owns the league's best record (31-8), had its woes extended on Monday with a 94-80 loss to Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Johnson had 17 points to pace Phoenix, while Amare Stoudemire chipped in 16 points and nine boards.
Quentin Richardson finished with 13 points, while Shawn Marion had 11 points and seven boards. The Suns struggled from the field, hitting just 35.4 percent of their shots. Phoenix hit just 3-of-17 (.176) from three-point range and 21- of-25 from the free throw line.
The Suns registered a season-low 80 points in the defeat. Phoenix's previous season-low point total was 83 Friday night in an 18-point loss at Indiana.
Phoenix, which has won 10 straight and 15 of its last 16 at home, are 16-2 in its friendly confines this season.
Memphis has been playing great in the last month, winning nine of 10 and 12 of its last 15 games. The Grizzlies continued their recent success on Monday night, posting a 99-80 win over the Houston Rockets at FedExForum.
Stromile Swift scored 18 points and Jason Williams added 16 to lead the Grizzlies to the victory. Williams was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Pau Gasol contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies in the win. James Posey and Shane Battier registered 10 points apiece.
Memphis has won seven of its last eight home games and three consecutive road tilts. The Grizzlies, who are beginning a three-game road trip, own an 8-10 road mark this season.
The Suns registered a 109-102 win over the Grizzlies on December 23 at America West Arena. Phoenix has won two straight after losing the last two meetings. The Suns have won 23 of 28 and 25 of the last 31 meetings. The Grizzlies have lost five straight at Phoenix.
01/19 10:22:45 ET