The talk of the town will be the return of the Memphis Grizzlies former head coach Lionel Hollins, but you should be more interested in the Grizzlies acquiring their 39th win of the season, and hopefully doing so while Marc, Mike, and Zach log under 30 minutes a piece.
Memphis: Tony Allen (questionable with sore hamstring/ankle); Vince Carter (out, foot tendon somethingsomething.)
Brooklyn: Deron Williams missed last night with an illness, but is expected to be good for tonight.
Recently for Memphis
The Grizzlies are 13-2 in their last fifteen games. Their starting to become a common name mentioned in just about every national circuit that's discussing NBA title contenders. Memphis fell asleep last Friday against Minnesota, but quickly found their footing and took out the Hawks at home on Sunday. Only TWO of the Grizzlies last TEN opponents have scored over 90 points.
Recently for Brooklyn
The Nets recently strung together three straight wins, and then proceeded to follow that up with a 37-point loss to the Washington Wizards. They've got three players with an above average PER, and they all play center, and the best one of them is all over the trading block.
Here's a bit of a preview from Brian Fleurantin over at NetsDaily.com. Check them out for more on the Nets!
Joe Johnson has been playing well recently, but will be staring down arguably the best perimeter defender in the league. Players are only shooting 36 percent against Tony Allen when he defends them. Allen can lock down three positions without help and he'll spend most of the evening defending Johnson. He's not much of a scorer but the offense hasn't lost a step when he plays (he's a team best +11.4 points per 100 possessions). Johnson only went 3-12 the first time out and should be able to do a bit better this time. The upcoming break will do him some good. It will give him time to recover from all of the injuries he has been playing with and when the second half begins, he should be able to help push his team into the playoffs.
It'll be interesting to see how Joerger balances the assignment to Johnson between Jeff Green and Tony Allen.
I think the Grizzlies are motivated to carry a 40-13 record into the All-Star break, and I expect to see maximum effort both tonight and tomorrow.
|2014/15 NBA Season
38-13 (22-5 home)
21-30 (11-15 road)
|February 10th, 2015
|FedexForum in Memphis, TN|
|7:00 PM CDT|
|Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN
|Mike Conley||PG||Deron Williams|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Alan Anderson|
|Zach Randolph||PF||Kevin Garnett|
|Marc Gasol||C||Mason Plumlee|
|2014/15 Advanced Stats|
|94.1 (T-26th)||Pace||94.2 (25th)|
|105.0 (10th)||OEff||100.1 (24th)|
|100.2 (8th)||DEff||104.7 (21st)|
|50.3 (T-13th)||RebR||48.7 (23rd)|