Memphis Grizzlies on the road to face top ranked Indiana Pacers

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies may have finally found themselves this past Saturday night, but they'll now face another challenge as they prepare to ramp up their game for the big match ups of the season.

The Memphis Grizzlies have a Rudy Gay-returning-home sandwich this week. If the Raptors at home on Wednesday are the meat and cheese, then the Pacers tonight are both pieces of bread, the pickle, the chips and the toothpick, with playing at the Lakers on Friday possibly being the plate it's served on.

The Grizzlies tipoff against the Pacers at 6:00pm CDT in the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and the game can be viewed locally (Memphis) on the usual tv/radio combo of Fox SportsSouth and 92.9 FM ESPN. Did Griz fans watch Dave Joerger finish assembling his IKEA brand offense and snap everything into place? Or will the Grizzlies continue to struggle on offense against a formidable defensive opponent?

Recently for the Grizzlies: Memphis clawed out 2/3 wins last week in a three game home stand. After barely knocking off the paltry Celtics, the Griz fell in an embarrassing loss to the Pelicans that could, perhaps, be attributed to Zach Randolph's distraction and halftime departure, as the Grizzlies stormed back on Saturday night to bludgeon a very talented Golden State squad.

Recently for the Pacers: Well, they haven't lost a game yet this season, and they are winning pretty definitely. While they haven't broken the century mark in points, on the defensive end they haven't given up more than 91 points to a team this season, and they're closest point differential has been 5 points. Their most recent outing, on Saturday night, saw them defeat a good Nets team in Brooklyn. Paul George is playing lights out all over the court and is putting up MVP numbers through the first seven games.

Last time they met: 1/21/2013, Indiania defeated the Grizzlies by 1 point, with Paul George defending Rudy Gay on the last shot and forcing him to shoot after the buzzer. Memphis was knee deep in the muck of the Rudy Gay Trade Saga, and that showed as Rudy took 22 shots to score 14 pts while shooting 32% and leaving Marc Gasol with four total attempts from the field. The Grizzlies and Pacers have never met post-Rudy-Gay-trade, so it will be interesting to see how Memphis matches up now.

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