NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 24th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (4-7) at Memphis Grizzlies (2-9), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams off to disappointing starts square off this evening at Memphis' FedEx Forum, where the Grizzlies host the road-challenged Washington Wizards.
Washington, a playoff participant in each of the last two seasons, owns only a 4-7 mark so far and has yet to win in six road games in 2006-07. The Wizards' latest setback away from home came Wednesday in Houston, where Yao Ming amassed 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets to an 86-82 decision.
Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 26 points for Washington and Caron Butler chipped in 14 points and 12 boards in the loss, the Wizards' fifth in six outings.
Washington will wrap up a three-game road trip with tonight's matchup. The Wizards started the swing with a 107-80 setback to Dallas on Tuesday.
Memphis, meanwhile, is searching for a win of any kind. The Grizzlies currently sport a league-worst 2-9 overall record and have dropped eight of their last nine contests, including Tuesday's 97-94 loss at Cleveland.
Chucky Atkins led the Grizzlies with 17 points and Mike Miller totaled 15 defeat. Brian Cardinal finished with 12 points but missed a contested three- point attempt at the final buzzer which would have sent the game into overtime.
The injury-plagued Grizzlies suffered another significant player loss on Tuesday when rookie guard Kyle Lowry broke his left wrist. Memphis also hasn't had standout center Pau Gasol, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season, available all season because of a fractured foot.
Lowry was averaging 5.6 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds off the bench.
Following tonight's game, the Grizzlies begin a three-game road trip Saturday in Houston.
Memphis swept last season's home-and-home series with the Wizards and have defeated Washington in three of the last four meetings at FedEx Forum.
11/24 10:58:30 ET