NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 30th
(All times Eastern)
Brooklyn Nets (4-12) at Memphis Grizzlies (8-7), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies are back on Beale Street for six
straight games and will start the homestand Saturday versus the Brooklyn Nets
The Grizzlies have lost three in a row at home and will also welcome the Suns,
Clippers, Warriors, Magic and Thunder to town. They are 3-4 as the host.
Memphis ended a two-game slide and won for the fifth time in seven tries with
Wednesday's 100-93 victory at Boston, as Jerryd Bayless led five Memphis
players in double figures with 22 points and Mike Conley finished with 14
points and nine assists.
"I think we got some great defensive rebounds from them missing a couple of
their looks. Good outlet passes, good steals and finishing in transition. When
our defense is playing well, we play well," said Conley.
Zach Randolph recorded 13 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
fended off a furious rally by the Celtics in the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn is now 4-12 on the season after Friday's 114-95 loss at Houston. The
Rockets stormed out to a 33-17 lead after the first quarter and had a 66-40
advantage at halftime.
The Nets played better in the second half, outscoring Houston by a 55-48
margin, but have now dropped two in a row and seven of eight. Brooklyn made
41.6 percent of its shots and was led by Mirza Teletovic's 18 points and 13
rebounds. Nets center Brook Lopez was back in action after missing seven games
and finished with 16 points.
Mason Plumlee also scored 16 points off the bench and reserve Tyshawn Taylor
netted 16 as well to go along with 12 assists.
"We have to figure out what the problem is with that starting group," Nets
coach Jason Kidd said. "Fatigue is the only thing I can think of. It's an 82
game season and we're getting some healthy bodies back slowly and we just have
to stay together."
The Nets were without point guard Deron Williams and guard Jason Terry for a
fifth straight game. Williams (ankle) and Terry (knee) are questionable
against the Grizzlies.
Brooklyn is 2-8 on the road and 2-6 overall against the West this season. It
lost both meetings with Memphis a season ago and has dropped five of the last
seven matchups between the teams.
The Nets have lost seven of their last 10 games on Beale Street.
11/30 10:32:55 ET