NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 24th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (14-41) at Cleveland Cavaliers (31-24), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will shoot for their third straight win when they close out a short two-game homestand this evening versus the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers posted their second straight win after a two-game slide with Friday's 90-89 victory over the Washington Wizards in the opener of the brief homestand. LeBron James nearly had his third straight triple-double with 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who are 16-10 at home this season.
Damon Jones added 27 points and Devin Brown tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win. On Thursday, Cleveland turned over nearly half its active roster as part of a huge three-team trade that landed the Cavaliers four players, the most significant being four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace. Wallace was shipped from Chicago to Cleveland along with veteran forward Joe Smith and the Cavs also acquired sharpshooting swingman Wally Szczerbiak and guard Delonte West from Seattle as part of the deal.
The Cavs parted with six players, including two key contributors in guard Larry Hughes and forward Drew Gooden. Wallace, Szczerbiak, Smith and West didn't play against Washington, while the Cavs only had eight players in the game due to injuries to guards Daniel Gibson (ankle) and Sasha Pavlovic, and forward Anderson Varejao (ankle).
Cleveland's new players are expected to debut on Sunday versus Memphis.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, have dropped four straight and 10 of their last 11 games. They were beaten by Dallas on Friday, 98-83, as Rudy Gay led five Grizzlies in double figures with 18 points. Hakim Warrick added 15 points and nine boards, while Kyle Lowry came off the bench to contribute 12 points.
Memphis was without the services of Mike Miller, who missed his second straight game with back spasms. Miller is questionable for Sunday's game.
The Grizzlies will try to stop an 11-game losing streak as the guest tonight, and own a 4-22 mark away from home this season. Memphis' last victory on the road was against Indiana on January 2.
Cleveland handed the Grizzlies a 132-124 overtime setback on January 15 at FedExForum. It has won four straight, six of seven and seven of the last 12 matchups in this series.
Memphis has lost three straight and nine of its last 11 games at the Cavs.
02/24 10:41:34 ET