NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 23rd (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (14-42) at Portland Trail Blazers (24-32), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers try to extend their winning streak to three games when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies tonight to the Rose Garden.
Portland returns home after an emotional victory. Point guard Jarrett Jack matched a career-high with 30 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Trail Blazers over the Los Angeles Lakers, 112-108, on Wednesday at the Staples Center.
Zach Randolph added 22 points and nine rebounds in the win for the Trail Blazers, who won their second straight game since the All-Star break and have won four of their last six games overall. Rookie LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 18 points off the bench, while fellow rookie Brandon Roy finished with 16 points and seven assists in the victory.
On the injury front for Portland, center Joel Przybilla (left knee) is doubtful for tonight's contest, while guard Sergio Rodriguez (sprained left ankle) is probable.
Portland made a small deal at the trade deadline. The Toronto Raptors acquired guard Juan Dixon from the Trail Blazers in exchange for guard/forward Fred Jones.
The Trail Blazers are 13-14 at home this season. They will return to the court on Monday when they visit All-Star Ray Allen and the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.
Memphis has lost three in a row and plays the finale of a four-game road trip. On Wednesday, Stephen Jackson scored 26 points and handed out 12 assists as the Golden State Warriors survived a career-high 45-point performance by Mike Miller and topped the Grizzlies, 118-115, in overtime at ORACLE Arena.
Miller drained nine three-pointers in the loss to the Warriors for Memphis, which has lost eight of its last 10 games overall. Pau Gasol scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while rookie Rudy Gay finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies are a brutal 3-25 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, Memphis returns home to host the Denver Nuggets on Monday and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at FedExForum.
This is the third of four meetings between the squads this season. Portland won the two previous contests, which were both played at Memphis.
Memphis has won three of its last four at Portland. The Trail Blazers have won three of the last five contests in the series.
Portland is scheduled to host the Grizzlies on March 29th at the Rose Garden.
02/23 10:45:31 ET