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12-15-2013, 01:36 PM



Timberwolves-Grizzlies Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies are undermanned and have been especially bad at home lately, but based on their recent meetings with the Minnesota Timberwolves, there may be no team they're more happy to host.

Unfortunately for Memphis, Kevin Love won't be sitting this one out.

More than half of the Grizzlies' 11 straight wins against the Timberwolves have come with Love on the sidelines, but they'll have to figure out a way to contain Minnesota's star on Sunday fresh off one of the best games of his career.

Tony Allen and Zach Randolph have missed time, Quincy Pondexter may be out for the season and Marc Gasol's timetable for returning from an MCL sprain is unclear, so Memphis (10-12) hardly resembles the group that played in the Western Conference finals less than seven months ago.

The Grizzlies have lost seven of 10, with Friday's 104-98 defeat in New Orleans their third straight loss in which they allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better.

Memphis led by nine late in the second quarter before the Pelicans went on a 45-17 run over the next 17 minutes.

"We just couldn't score, then they just hit their shots," Randolph said.

Randolph and Memphis haven't had a tough time slowing down the Timberwolves (11-12) in recent seasons, winning the last 11 meetings while holding Minnesota to just 85.8 points per game.

But the Timberwolves didn't have Love for six of those, including all three in last season's series, and that can mean quite a bit against Minnesota. Love had a season-high 42 points and 14 rebounds on Friday, though the Timberwolves blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead in a 117-110 loss to San Antonio.

That didn't keep Spurs coach Gregg Popovich from being impressed.

"He is a great player," Popovich said. "When you can play inside and outside the way he does, he is a tough cover. ... I thought we made some really fundamental errors in guarding him, but, be that as it may, he is a monster."

Love has missed four of the Timberwolves' last five games in Memphis, and Minnesota has dropped eight straight in FedEx Forum since a 94-87 win Jan. 6, 2009 -- Love's rookie season.

Love hit 8 of 9 from 3-point range against the Spurs, but the Timberwolves' shooting has mostly been cold all month. Minnesota is shooting 40.2 percent from the field in December, by far the worst in the West.

Love has taken 137 3s -- easily the most of any non-guard in the league -- and with him spending a lot of time on the perimeter, the Timberwolves have struggled inside. Minnesota has been outscored in the paint by an average of 14.5 points in its last eight games.

That should be good news for Memphis, which has outscored opponents by an average of 8.7 points in the lane this month despite the absence of Gasol.

The Grizzlies, however, haven't exactly been efficient -- particularly at home. Memphis has lost seven of nine at FedEx Forum and is shooting just 39.5 percent there in its last four games.

Perhaps no player on either team has struggled more with his shot than Ricky Rubio, but the Timberwolves' point guard has shown some signs of turning it around the last few games.

Averaging 8.4 points and shooting just 36.0 percent through Dec. 7, Rubio has averaged 17.0 points and shot 44.1 percent to go along with 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in his last three.

Minnesota is 8-2 if Rubio scores 12 points or more.

12-15-2013, 01:39 PM
This one will NOT be on tv, although I'm sure it can be found online. I get off work at 5, so I'll miss the first qtr or so.

Let's get on the right track, go grizz!!!

Ps; I love the love-ZBO matchup

12-15-2013, 01:40 PM
...and hopefully the Sunday curse doesn't continue :laugh:

12-15-2013, 09:16 PM
We fought but not enough. On a bright side, Marc Gasol was on the bench, even though it was in a suit

12-15-2013, 09:33 PM
On the down side Conley limped off. We are so screwed. Why in the hell doesn't the FO get us some rentals ??? Wearing these 12 guys out is insane

12-16-2013, 02:35 AM
Agreed sign a few 10 day contracts

12-17-2013, 01:57 PM



Lakers-Grizzlies Preview

Kobe Bryant hasn't quite found a rhythm yet since returning, and the Los Angeles Lakers are still struggling as a result. Perhaps facing the also-toiling Memphis Grizzlies -- who could be without Mike Conley -- can help them find their way.

Los Angeles seeks just its second win in the series' last six meetings when it travels to Memphis on Tuesday night.

Bryant looked as if he might have made major progress in Saturday's win at Charlotte, scoring 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with eight assists and seven rebounds. But he was just 4 of 14 for eight points in Monday's 114-100 loss at Atlanta, which saw the Lakers squander a seven-point halftime advantage.

DeMarre Carroll was largely responsible for slowing Bryant, often picking him up defensively in the backcourt as Bryant played point guard for Los Angeles for the third straight game.

The Lakers (11-13) are just 1-4 with Bryant, who said his ankle felt stiff at times on Monday, though he wasn't necessarily deterred. His 1.13 assist-to-turnover ratio is his worst since his rookie season.

"The next level of progression is playing these games when you sit back out, get back in, is keeping it loose," said Bryant, who is averaging 12.4 points while shooting a career-low 40.0 percent. "It's just a matter of time. You increase the activity, the ankle gets used to it a little more."

He averaged 27.7 points in three meetings with Memphis last season.

"I've just got to keep my eye on the big picture and focus on getting better," he said.

The Lakers will try to avenge an 89-86 home loss from Nov. 15. Memphis was just 1 of 13 from 3-point range, though it compensated with a 51-40 rebounding advantage. But the Grizzlies were still with the now-injured Marc Gasol, who had 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocks. They are 3-7 since he was sidelined by a sprained MCL.

He also helped limit his brother Pau to 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Gasol is shooting just 39.0 percent over his last five games versus Memphis.

However, Zach Randolph hit 11 of 18 shots for a season-high 28 points. Another big performance could be crucial with Mike Conley's status unclear after he left late in Sunday's 101-93 loss to Minnesota with a bruised left thigh.

Conley, who scored 28 points before exiting, is enjoying a career year despite his team's struggles with 18.2 points per game and a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

The Grizzlies (10-13) have dropped four of five at home and three in a row overall. They haven't lost four straight since Jan. 24-30, 2012.

Sunday's defeat marked already their ninth loss in Memphis, matching the team's total from 2012-13 when it won a franchise-record 32 games at home.

The Grizzlies are allowing opponents to shoot 37.6 percent from 3-point range this season, including 43.7 percent over the last six games after Minnesota was 12 of 26. They limited teams to a 33.8 percentage last season, which was the second-lowest in the league.

Los Angeles has been one of the better 3-point shooting teams, hitting 38.6 percent, but just 28.2 percent over its last four contests.

12-17-2013, 11:04 PM
Grit and grind Grizz!!!!

I'm currently at the apsu-vandy game rooting in my governors

12-17-2013, 11:04 PM
Grizz coming back!

12-18-2013, 12:01 AM
Missed the whole thing as I was at work !! Hate to get so close and fall again. Hope our guys don't get too discouraged !!!

12-18-2013, 01:55 AM
Well it was a loss. Hopefully Marc comes back soon we need him just as much for the emotional boost at this point.