NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19-20) at Memphis Grizzlies (24-16), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a three-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.
The Timberwolves will attempt to halt a two-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Chauncey Billups poured in a game-high 27 points and handed out eight assists as the Detroit Pistons crushed Minnesota, 107-83, in head coach Flip Saunders' return to the Target Center.
Saunders, who was fired by the Timberwolves in February 2005 after 9 1/2 years of service and took over for Detroit this season, was facing his former team for the first time.
Kevin Garnett posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Detroit for the Timberwolves, who have dropped three of their last four games overall. Rookie Rashad McCants chipped in 14 points and Wally Szczerbiak netted 13 in defeat.
Minnesota is 6-12 on the road this season. The Timberwolves, who will also play Houston and San Antonio on the current swing, have lost eight of their last nine as the visitor.
The Grizzlies will also try and get back on the winning track this evening. Dwyane Wade scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half to help the Miami Heat pull away for a 94-82 victory over Memphis on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Bobby Jackson led the slumping Grizzlies with 22 points in the loss. Shane Battier and Mike Miller each finished with 12 for Memphis, which has lost five of its last six games overall.
Memphis shot just 32 percent (11-of-34) in the second half and received an off night from former Miami guard Eddie Jones, who missed all seven of his field goal attempts and managed just two points in his first game at AmericanAirlines Arena since he was traded during the offseason to the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies are 13-6 as the host this season. They have won seven of their last 10 at home.
Memphis has won three in a row in this series. Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last 10 at the Grizzlies.
This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
01/25 10:30:58 ET