Grizzlies travel westward to take on the Lakers

Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Memphis kicks off a 4 game road trip with a showdown with the LA Lakers tonight. Can the bright lights of LA provide the Grizzlies with a spark to capture their first road win of the season?



For every Memphis Grizzlies fan, each game is going to be anticipated with a level of anxiety that rivals that of receiving lab test results after treading water in raw sewage for an hour. While the Lakers come into tonight with what is technically a better record, their losses have been just as egregious and offensive as the losses suffered by the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies tipoff against the Lakers at 9:30pm CST in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and the game can be viewed locally (Memphis) on the usual tv/radio combo of Fox SportsSouth and 92.9 FM ESPN.

Recently for the Grizzlies: Despair and dysfunction. The Grizzlies are 3-5, and they're lucky to have 2 of those 3 wins. The team looks and feels disjointed, and the coaching staff can't specifically define the ways to get things turned around. After getting pummeled by the Raptors on Wednesday, the Grizzlies need to have taken a long, hard look in the mirror to figure out how to motivate themselves into a competitive basketball team.

Recently for the Lakers: Another mixed bag of a team. Much like the Grizzlies, LA has a couple of nice wins spread over some crappy play and losses. The Lakers are getting production out of starters and bench players, but just not very much of it. They've got what has to be the oldest sets of point guards in NBA history, and the rest of the roster isn't littered with spring chickens either, but this is Memphis they're playing, so anything can happen.

Last time they met: 4/5/2013, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, along with only FIVE other LA players (yeah they had a roster of 7 human bodies that night, led their team over victory against the Grizzlies in Los Angeles. If you'll remember, that game ended with a questionable no-call as Dwight Howard body checked altered Mike Conley's last-second drive to time the game. The box score for the Grizzlies looks eerily similar to what it's been looking like so far this season: little scoring from Prince and Allen, crappy rebounding and hardly any free throw attempts (although I'd kill to have this number of turnovers and personal fouls).

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Zach Randolph, PF 32 7-17 0-0 1-1 2 5 7 0 0 1 0 2 +2 15
Tayshaun Prince, SF 19 3-8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 -8 6
Marc Gasol, C 39 5-8 0-0 1-2 0 8 8 7 3 2 3 3 -3 11
Mike Conley, PG 34 9-19 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 2 -7 21
Tony Allen, SG 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 -1 4
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