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01-03-2014, 07:43 PM



Grizzlies-Nuggets Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies' relatively successful stretch includes a lopsided win against a Denver Nuggets team seemingly in disarray.

The Nuggets have lost eight in a row heading into Friday night's rematch and suspended veteran guard Andre Miller for the next two games.

Memphis (14-17) has won four of its last six games and blew out the Nuggets 120-99 on Saturday. The Grizzlies added a 99-91 victory in Phoenix on Thursday with Zach Randolph scoring at least 20 points for the fifth time in six contests and recording his fifth double-double in that span by pulling down 15 rebounds.

Reserve point guard Jerryd Bayless had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while helping Memphis outscore his hometown team 30-18. The Grizzlies also outrebounded Phoenix 59-40.

"When J.B. (Bayless) hits shots like that it opens up for us," Randolph said. "We can play in the paint."

In last week's game against Denver, Randolph scored a team-best 20 points and was one of six players in double figures as the Grizzlies outscored the Nuggets 54-30 in the paint. Four of those players, including Bayless, came from Memphis' bench, which had a season-high 62 points.

The Grizzlies will try to earn another win against a team that's on the verge of its longest skid in 11 seasons. The Nuggets (14-17) haven't dropped nine straight since a 14-game losing streak Feb. 6-March 5, 2003.

Denver is also trying to avoid its first six-game skid at home since a string of seven consecutive defeats during that same season, and it will have less depth for that attempt. The Nuggets suspended Miller on Thursday for "conduct detrimental to the team."

The point guard was held out of a game while healthy for the first time in his career in a 114-102 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, and there are reports he has vocally expressed his displeasure with coach Brian Shaw about his lack of playing time. The 15-year veteran was averaging career lows of 19.0 minutes, 5.9 points and 3.3 assists.

"It just came to a boiling point. We made a decision and we're moving forward," coach Brian Shaw said.

Shaw later met for several hours with the rest of his beleaguered team.

"Everybody got their feelings out. Everybody said what needed to be said," point guard Ty Lawson said. "Hopefully everybody can take that to heart and change so we can start getting wins. It's always healthy to get things out and get everything in the open. Hopefully, this will be a turning point for the rest of the season."

Denver will try to begin its turnaround by earning its 31st win in 35 home meetings with the Grizzlies. The Nuggets have also won 27 of the past 29 matchups there and 10 of 11.

They will likely need a better offensive showing to add to that stellar record. Denver is averaging 93.5 points during its losing streak, 8.6 fewer than in its first 23 this season, and is shooting a league-worst 41.1 percent.

The Nuggets are also allowing 105.6 points per game in their last eight after previously allowing an average of 99.8.

01-03-2014, 07:51 PM
If there was a ideal time to steal a game in Denver, this is it! Go grizz!

PS: please play curry Joeger, I'm curious to see what he has

01-03-2014, 10:35 PM
Sluggish first quarter. Denver doesn't look too good, but the grizz look bad

01-03-2014, 10:55 PM
Pathetic effort defensively so far

01-03-2014, 11:55 PM
Was up 5 in the third, now down 2 entering final frame. Time to grit and grind

01-04-2014, 12:03 AM
This team is so hard to watch. Encourage you to think they'll play hard and then Collapse.

01-04-2014, 12:34 AM
Got a good look to tie but the fact we gave up 111 pts to a team averaging 93 during their losing streak is dreadful

01-05-2014, 11:48 AM
http://rs1136.pbsrc.com/albums/n487/GatorHunter1971/NBA%20Signature%20Logos/Pistons1.png~320x480 vs

01-05-2014, 02:20 PM
Hoping to see Seth get some mins today...

01-05-2014, 02:36 PM
28-27 end of the first. Good offense, bad defense. Josh smith can't stay this hot from midrange can he?

01-05-2014, 02:44 PM
I think the jonny badger nickname might stick lol

01-05-2014, 02:48 PM
Leuer on a mission

01-05-2014, 03:15 PM
But we are still down at the half smh

01-05-2014, 03:32 PM
So what is up with Jon Leuer? Haven't heard much out of him for a while and all of a sudden BOOOM, Pistons can't stop him.

01-05-2014, 03:45 PM
Ever since the Gasol injury he's gotten good mins. He's been playing very well all the times I've seen him but had a mini explosion in the first half. Analytical guys (holinger) lives him so we signed him to a 3 yr deal recently

01-05-2014, 03:47 PM
ZBO looks like a hungry hungry hippo with 16 boards through 3 qtrs

01-05-2014, 04:09 PM
Seth curry pls :confused:

01-05-2014, 04:20 PM
Seems the curry name is enough for defense to pay close attention to him. No shots but a few good hustle plays. Good win overall, jonny badger was amazing as was Ed Davis and ZBO was ZBO.

01-05-2014, 05:32 PM
Yes, it was good to see them play hungry then hungrier. Maybe they'll enjoy winning again !