NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (44-35) at San Antonio Spurs (58-21), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies will try once again to secure a postseason position tonight, when they tangle with the San Antonio Spurs in the first of a home-and-home set at the SBC Center.
Memphis needs either a win or a Minnesota loss in the final five days of the season to get into the postseason. The Grizzlies haven't done themselves any favors as of late, losing three straight to see their advantage over Minnesota dwindle to two games.
Memphis came up short on Friday night, falling 111-102 to the boiling hot Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mike Miller netted 17 points and Lorenzen Wright chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.
Brian Cardinal netted 16 points and Shane Battier added 11 in the loss. Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells tacked on 10 points apiece in the losing effort.
Memphis shot 47 percent from the field, including 6-of-16 (.375) from three- point range. The Grizzlies managed to hit 16-of-23 (.696) from the free throw line. Denver outrebounded the Grizzlies, 54-32. The Grizzlies have lost 15 straight in Denver.
The Grizzlies, who have their final regular season road game tonight, are 19-21 in foreign buildings this season. Memphis has split its last 10 road contests.
San Antonio saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday, as it fell 93-91 to the Utah Jazz. The Spurs still have an outside shot at receiving the top seed in the West, but they will need to make up the two-game difference in three contests.
Manu Ginobili finished with 21 points for the Spurs in the contest, while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker posted 17 points apiece. Brent Barry tacked on 11 points and Nazr Mohammed added 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Spurs shot just 41.4 percent from the field, including 3-of-11 (.273) from three-point range. San Antonio hit 30-of-40 (.750) free throw attempts in the contest.
San Antonio, which will be playing its final home tilt of the season, is an outstanding 37-3 in its friendly confines on the year. The Spurs have won nine straight and 13 of their last 14 home games.
The Grizzlies have actually won both meetings between these teams this season. Memphis has won four straight and five of the last six meetings. The Grizzlies have won two straight and three of their last four at San Antonio.
04/16 10:06:14 ET