NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 1st
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-36) at Memphis Grizzlies (32-25), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have won two straight, but face
a stern test in trying to make it three when they visit FedExForum Saturday
night to face the Memphis Grizzlies.
After an impressive road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday,
the Cavs returned home to Quicken Loans Arena Friday to wax the Utah Jazz,
Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12
assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers. He became the first Cavalier to
record a triple-double since LeBron James on March 16, 2010.
"I'm excited for Kyrie," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "For him to go out there
and get his first triple-double, that was very fun to watch."
Tristan Thompson deposited an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double, while
Spencer Hawes scored 13 points and pulled down 16 boards for the Cavs, who
have won three straight against Utah.
Luol Deng scored 16 points and Tyler Zeller added 10 off the bench in the win.
First overall pick Anthony Bennett missed Friday's game against the Jazz, but
will travel with the team to Memphis. He is listed as a game-time decision for
The Grizzlies had won five of six before a tough setback to the Thunder on
Friday in Oklahoma City. Memphis fell 113-107 as Kevin Durant scored 30 of his
37 in the second half.
Mike Miller recorded all 19 of his points in the fourth and Zach Randolph
added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have dropped two of
their last three on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
"They were very focused and locked in," Memphis head coach Dave Joerger said
of the Thunder. "They played at a very high level and as well as I've seen
them play against us in a long time."
The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 19 in the third and were down 87-71
heading into the fourth, where they used a 13-4 run to get back in it.
Marc Gasol had 17 points for the Grizzlies, while Tayshaun Prince chipped in
12, James Johnson managed 11 and Courtney Lee contributed 10 points in the
The Cavs beat the Grizzlies by eight in overtime in Cleveland on Feb. 9. That
halted a four-game winning streak for Memphis, although the Grizz have taken
four in a row as the host.
03/01 10:21:30 ET