NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 11th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (34-26) at Utah Jazz (20-40), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to bounce back tonight when they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
Memphis had won four straight before Tuesday's controversial 85-82 loss at Sacramento. That contest was the second portion of a four-game road trip.
Mike Bibby nailed a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to lift the Kings to the decision. Following a late Memphis comeback that tied the game at 82-82, the Kings got the ball with just seconds remaining in regulation and called timeout with 1.6 seconds on the clock. On the inbounds pass, Bibby gained possession and put up a desperation three-pointer from well behind the arc. The ball hit the backboard and went in as the buzzer sounded, giving the Kings the three-point victory.
However, the Grizzlies argued that the shot shouldn't have counted because the clock wasn't started when it was supposed to. The officials disagreed and the shot was ruled good.
Brian Cardinal led the way with 15 points for the Grizzlies. James Posey and Lorenzen Wright each added 11 points in the losing effort.
Memphis is currently seventh in the Western Conference, one game behind No. 6 Houston.
The Grizzlies will visit Portland on Saturday to begin a home-and-home set.
Utah, meanwhile, has lost three straight games on the heels of a winning streak of the same span. On Tuesday the Jazz dropped an 89-83 contest to visiting Indiana.
Mehmet Okur compiled 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Matt Harpring also scored 18 points and Andrei Kirilenko had 16 in defeat.
Utah will head to the road after tonight, kicking off a five-game trip Sunday in Detroit.
Memphis is 2-0 against Utah this season, giving it a split in the last six meetings.
03/11 10:10:42 ET