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Grizzlies at Knicks Game Preview

After a hard fought win on opening night against Minnesota, Memphis looks to remain undefeated in its visit to New York.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Memphis Grizzlies (1-0, 0-0 road) at New York Knicks (0-1, 0-0 home)

When: 6:30 PM CT

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis

Injury report:
Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Allen (Out, Knee), Chandler Parsons (Out, Knee), Brandan Wright (Out, Ankle), Troy Daniels (Probable, Knee)
New York Knicks: Ron Baker (Questionable, Ankle)

Probable starters:
Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley, Andrew Harrison, James Ennis, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
New York Knicks: Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah

After an uneasy but successful opening night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies are back in action tonight against the New York Knicks. They will return with the same players that participated in the first game of the season. Brandan Wright, Tony Allen, and newcomer Chandler Parsons will not be available for the weekend games, but it looks like they could see action at some point this month.

Due to injuries, the current Grizzlies’ starting lineup includes the veterans Mike Conley and Marc Gasol as well as Andrew Harrison, James Ennis, and JaMychal Green. Before this season started, Ennis, Green and Harrison combined a total of 24 appearances in an NBA starting lineup. Even if the first two had a decent game, this lack of experience was especially evident in Harrison who had a rough debut in the Grizzlies uniform.

Despite the weaknesses acknowledged during the first game, the new style in Memphis Grizzlies basketball is something to witness: a mix of floor spacing together with some remnants of the Grit and Grind era on the defensive end. Memphis shot 45.8% from downtown on 24 attempts which is five shots more than their average in the 2015-2016 season. The bigs Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph made one apiece.

Considering that Memphis is playing the first of back-to-back games, coach David Fizdale has already said that Marc Gasol and Mike Conley may see their minutes restricted tonight. The former played 32 minutes in the opening game and the latter accumulated a total of 30.

Both Gasol and Conley will have an interesting matchup against the former Bulls Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. It will also be worth watching how James Ennis and JaMychal Green perform defensively against Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

The bench, led by Zach Randolph in his new role, played a big part in the comeback against Minnesota. Wade Baldwin had a hell of a night as well, and Vince Carter looked as spry as he has since arriving in Memphis.

The New York Knicks have also undergone a lineup makeover. Only Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis remain as starters from last season. Bench players Kyle O’Quinn, Lance Thomas, and Sasha Vujacic are the other players left on the team from the previous season.

New acquisitions Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and former Memphis Grizzly Courtney Lee have upgraded a totally revamped roster. How well they mesh is still a question mark. The Knicks lost on opening night when they did not have many options against the current NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Grizzlies have won in their last three visits to Madison Square Garden, and the last six times they have faced the Knicks over the last three seasons. The last time a Grizzly scored over 30 points in New York was Zach Randolph in the 2009-2010 season with a 31 point effort.

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