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Grizzlies at Rockets: Start time, TV Info and Preview

With a revamped roster due to injuries, Memphis visits Houston in a key game for seeding in the Western Conference.

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Who: Memphis Grizzlies (39-27) at Houston Rockets (33-33)

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

When: 7:00pm (CT), Monday March 14th

How to Watch: Fox Sports Southeast

How to Listen: ESPN 92.9FM Memphis

Injury report:

Memphis Grizzlies (add Mario Chalmers to this list if you like even though he was waived and does not belong to the team anymore):
Vince Carter (calf) - questionable
Zach Randolph (knee) - questionable

Lance Stephenson (wrist) - questionable
Mike Conley (foot) - out
Chris Andersen (shoulder) - out
Brandan Wright (knee) - out
Marc Gasol (foot) - out
Jordan Adams (knee) - out

Houston Rockets:
Terrence Jones (illness) - questionable

A depleted Grizzlies team travels to Houston to face the Rockets after suffering the loss of two more players during the past week: Vince Carter and Mario Chalmers. The former is questionable for tonight's game and the latter suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Chalmers was cut in order to make room for an additional roster spot.

This only adds up to a banged-up team struggling to have enough players available to compete every night. Marc Gasol is out for the season. Mike Conley, Chris Andersen and Brandan Wright are not likely to play till closer to the playoffs. Zach Randolph may return sooner rather than later. Who knows about Jordan Adams...

The road to the playoffs does not get any easier with 10 of the 16 games left against playoff teams

Memphis has been playing with few healthy players as of late, fighting to hold on to the fifth spot of the Western Conference. The road to the playoffs does not get any easier with 10 of the 16 games left against playoff teams, including Toronto, Los Angeles Clippers twice, San Antonio twice and Golden State twice.

In order to improve its depth for the upcoming games, Memphis has signed three players to 10-day contracts. The guards Briante Weber and Ray McCallum and the center Alex Stepheson have been added to the roster and already wore the Grizzlies uniform over the weekend games. More on the above three: Scouting the newest Grizzlies.

The team has now two new point guards, who have had no time to get acclimated into the system, and a frontcourt that includes Ryan Hollins and JaMychal Green and two rookies. The only two available players consistently taking part in the rotation all season long are Tony Allen and Matt Barnes.

"We are challenged offensively right now"

-Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger

The Memphis offense has looked extremely stagnant since Conley and Randolph went down. The team has resorted to Allen's drives, Barnes's triples and Stephenson in isolation. This does not seem to be a sustainable option in the long run and the newcomers should learn the playbook as soon as possible.

The Grizzlies will have to make up for the lack of offense with solid defense. If they want to win some of the remaining games without their main assets, they will need to bring back the Grit and Grind mentality like they did in the stunning win against Cleveland last week.

It is very much likely that things get rough for the rest of the season. Losses will be ugly. Wins will be ugly. I mean wins will be Grit and Grind wins, which are not necessarily ugly for Memphis fans!

The Grizzlies will have to find a way to beat the teams with a losing record in order to finish with at least 45 wins. This number would probably secure the fifth/sixth spot to face either the Clippers or the Thunder in the playoffs. Despite the low expectations in any given playoff series, Memphis's goal should be at this stage to avoid the Warriors and the Spurs.

Houston Rockets

Tonight's game is particularly important for seeding purposes. A Memphis win would certainly leave few chances for Houston to end up with a better record than the Grizzlies. The Rockets and the Mavericks are currently six games behind Memphis and sit in the seventh and eight playoff spot respectively.

Memphis has won two of three games against Houston this season. The Rockets are 6-5 since the All Star break and still show the same signs of inconsistency that have marked their season: lack of rebounding, defensive effort and playmaking ability other than James Harden.

It is expected that the Rockets will continuosly post Dwight Howard against a weak Grizzlies defensive frontcourt. If coach Joerger decides to double Howard, a feast of perimeter shots will happen. Houston leads the league in three point attempts but is only 21st in three point percentage. Memphis's defensive strategy will definitely be a key to the game and to the rest of the season.

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