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GameThread: Grizzlies vs. Nuggets

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Tonight, for the third time of the season, the Grizzlies play the Denver Nuggets. It's the first game for the Grizzlies since that abysmal loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Hopefully the time off has seen the Grizzlies sharpen their focus and work on the offensive issues that have been plaguing them in recent weeks.

Rudy Gay is back with the team after missing Wednesday night's game. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Gay had to leave the team to be with his ill grandmother, and the winter storm that moved through the east coast kept him from being able to make it back in time. He was sorely missed against the Sixers, especially on defense, where Dorrell Wright went off from long-range against the Grizzlies.

The Nuggets and Grizzlies have played twice, and Denver has won two times. The athleticism and length of the Denver frontcourt of Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee creates all kinds of matchup problems for the Grizzlies, and one can probably expect Andre Igoudala and Rudy Gay to play each other to a draw. Overcoming the Nuggets' athleticism inside is the biggest challenge facing the Grizzlies tonight, and it'll determine whether or not they're able to play their game and salvage the season series against Denver.

On the bright side, the Grizzlies don't have to play these dudes again until March. Tonight is an important game for the Grizzlies, who have been backsliding as of late after a hot start. A win over Denver tonight would go a long way toward getting back on track.

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