Where: FedexForum in Memphis, TN
When: 7:00 PM CT
How to Watch: Fox Sports Southeast
How to Listen: 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
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Recently for Atlanta (10-7)
The Hawks are 2-3 over their last 5 games. They've had losses to the Nets (yikes!), Cavaliers (duh) and Timberwolves (understandable). Their two wins were at home against Sacramento and Boston, not the two biggest trophies.
Recently for Memphis (9-7)
The Grizzlies are 4-1 over their last 5 games. Their lone loss was to San Antonio (duh). Their wins were over the Thunder (no Durant), Mavericks (domination) and twice on the Rockets (who are in total disarray).
Keys to the Game
What are we... what are we doing? Zach Randolph is possibly still out tonight, but the bigger question is what does Dave Joerger do with him whenever he is healthy enough to play. The Grizzlies have been able to quick-change their offense into a free flowing scoring monster without the obligation of playing through Z-Bo and/or the post in general. Joe Mullinax covers the topic well in his Friday Three today. What's it gonna be, Grizzlies? Do you relegate Randolph to a pure garbage man off the bench? Or do you step back into your old sneakers and hope those GNG blisters don't start bleeding?
Can Jeff Green/Matt Barnes guard Paul Millsap? If Z-Bo sits (or comes off the bench) Memphis will be guarding the Hawks star forward with someone significantly smaller. Randolph has done an admirable job on Millsap in the past:
I'll be interested to see how the Grizzlies slow him down without getting gouged from the 3-point line. Speaking of those shots...
Meeting of Opposites. The Atlanta Hawks really like shooting the 3 and literally ONLY HAVE 2 PLAYERS ON THEIR ROSTER WHO DON'T REGULARLY TAKE THEM!!
They're basically all taking at least one a game, and the worst shooter(s) on their team still hit(s) 1 out of 4. Their top end features FOUR players shooting over 40% from three, and those four guys combined take over 10 per game.
Contrast this to the Grizzlies who have only 7 "regular" shooters, none of whom shoot over 40%.