NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 9th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (4-2) at Memphis Grizzlies (2-3), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will polish off a tough four-
game road trip Saturday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at
The Warriors took the first two games of the sojourn in Philadelphia and
Minnesota. Against the Wolves, Steph Curry injured his ankle and he didn't
play on Friday in San Antonio.
Against the Spurs, defense was the word and the Warriors dropped a
heartbreaker, 76-74. They've now lost 30 consecutive regular-season games in
San Antonio, a streak that dates back to Valentine's Day of 1997.
"I thought our guys did a very good job of battling without our best player,"
said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "It was a grind out there, tough to score on
both sides. I'm very proud of my guys' energy and effort. Lost to a very good
Harrison Barnes started in place of Curry, but Toney Douglas did most of the
point guard work. He finished with 21 points, while David Lee had a double-
double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Klay Thompson managed 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting and Andrew Bogut pulled
down 13 boards. Andre Iguodala scored nine points and his leaner at the end
rimmed out and the Warriors fell.
The Grizzlies have been idle since a home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on
Wednesday. It was Memphis' first home setback of the season and they lost
"I can say we are a little frustrated," said Mike Conley. "If we lost tonight
giving the effort that we normally give and laid it all out there, we would
have been fine with that."
All-Star forward Zach Randolph played eight minutes and left the game as his
fiancee went into labor, but the rest of the Grizzlies, outside of Conley, who
had 26 against New Orleans, stunk.
Marc Gasol managed 11 points and no other player scored in double figures. The
Grizz shot a respectable 48 percent from the field, but committed 18
turnovers, which New Orleans turned into 22 points.
Memphis was near the top of the league in almost every defensive category
conceived last season. This season, the Grizzlies are 20th in opponents'
scoring and 25th in opponents' field-goal percentage.
The Grizzlies have won nine in a row against the Warriors and Memphis has won
eight straight at home in this series.
11/09 11:10:22 ET