|2013/2014 NBA Season|
|March 28th, 2014|
|ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA
|9:30 PM CDT|
|Fox SportsSouth/ 92.9 FM ESPN|
|Mike Conley||PG||Stephen Curry|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Klay Thompson|
|Tayshaun Prince||SF||Harrison Barnes|
|Zach Randolph||PF||David Lee|
|Marc Gasol||C||Andrew Bogut|
|2013/14 Advanced Stats|
|92.1 (30th)||Pace||98.6 (5th)|
|103.1 (T-16th)||OEff||104.6 (13th)|
|101.5 (T-6th)||DEff||99.5 (3rd)|
Memphis Grizzlies - none
Long time no see
What I find most interesting about this game tonight is that these teams haven't played each other since December 7th, a loss for the Grizzlies at home - a slaughtering of the Grizzlies at home, rather. Compound that with the fact that this will be the last time they meet in the regular season and we have ourselves a crucial game featuring two opponents who actually might not really know each other that well at this point in the season.
Here's the lineup that Memphis trotted out on the court in that last meeting: A starting lineup of Mike Conley, Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince, ZBo and Kosta Koufos. And a bench rotation of Jon Leuer, Mike Miller, Nick Calathes, Jerryd Bayless and Jamaal Franklin. I think a smattering of some Marc Gasol, Courtney Lee, James Johnson, Tony Allen and a "now-version" of Nick Calathes should go a long ways in rinsing away the memories of December 7th, 2014.
Memphis took the first two games against Golden State, both played in the first three weeks of the season, and won one of them handily while the other required an extra effort in overtime. What did those victories have in common? The Warriors didn't breach 90 points in either contest, in fact, Golden State has only won (9) games this season when they don't break 100 pts and their last (5) losses saw them held under the century mark.
You know why that's great news for the Grizzlies tonight? Besides a lot of the usual favorable matchups, the Memphis Grizzlies have not given up 100 pts in a game since March 5th against the Brooklyn Nets. That's eleven (11) consecutive games with some stifling defense, and it's the perfect recipe for success tonight in Oakland.