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While the Memphis Grizzlies managed to slow down the hottest team in the Western Conference, it didn't translate into a victory in their last game.
They may be able to get back on track against a Utah Jazz team coming off one of its worst offensive performances of the season.
After having their six-game winning streak stopped, the Grizzlies will try to bounce back with their 15th win in 17 games on Saturday night when they visit the struggling Jazz.
Memphis (44-20) has been one of the NBA's best defensive teams all season and allowed just 85.8 points per game - 3.6 below its league-leading 89.4 mark - in 11 games heading into its contest at Denver on Friday.
The high-scoring Nuggets, meanwhile, entered the game averaging 111.5 points during their season-best 10 game winning streak before the Grizzlies held them 24.5 points below that average in an 87-80 road loss.
It was Denver's lowest point total since an 81-72 loss at Memphis on Dec. 29.
The Grizzlies are percentage points ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers and one-half game in front of the Nuggets for the third seed in the Western Conference.
"We understand where the standings are at,'' said guard Mike Conley. "But we still have 20 games left and anything can happen from there. We're just worried about tomorrow.''
Now the Grizzlies turn their attention to the Jazz (33-32), who have lost eight of 10 to fall one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the West.
Gordon Hayward had a team-high 20 points, but leading scorers Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap combined for just 15 on 5-of-18 shooting in a 110-87 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Jefferson scored eight while shooting 4 for 13 from the field, but appears poised for a better effort Saturday. He's averaged 18.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in the last five against the Grizzlies.
Millsap scored seven in his first action since missing two games with inflammation in his right knee.
The Jazz hope to recover from their forgettable offensive display on Wednesday. They scored 28 in the first half, shot a season-low 35.0 percent and were outrebounded 48-35.
"We're trying to get in the playoffs we can't have games like this," Hayward told the team's official website. "We were down by 20-plus points and that's just stupid. We gotta execute our offense better."
It doesn't figure to get any easier against a Memphis defense that ranks near the top of the NBA in forced turnovers (15.8 per game) and rebounding differential (plus-4.0).
The Grizzlies have outscored the Jazz by a 55-28 margin in the third quarter on the way to a pair of wins in the season series. Memphis claimed a 103-94 home victory on Nov. 5 before winning 99-86 in their last trip to Utah on Dec. 15.
Zach Randolph carried much of the load, totaling 41 points and 34 rebounds to help the Grizzlies hold a 99-77 advantage on the glass.
Memphis has shot 47.3 percent from the floor while winning seven of nine on the road, with its only losses in that span to East-leading Miami and Denver.
The Jazz had won nine straight home games in this series before the Grizzlies' victory in December.
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Gilbert Arenas was one of the leagues bigger stars for a short period of time. He was successful in Washington until a series of injuries left him at a point where he could not handle the grind of an NBA season. Now, Arenas is playing in China and has no plans to attempt a comeback in the NBA.According to Karan Madhok of Slam Magazine, Arenas is enjoying his time in China. His...
In North American NBA circles Gilbert Arenas will always be associated with the locker room debacle that tore down his career with the Washington Wizards.
After two fruitless stops with other NBA teams, he has finally found redemption.
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WHO THROWS A SHOE?
Marc Gasol got creative early in the fourth quarter against the Jazz on Saturday night after losing his sneaker on an offensive possession. Trailing 65-71, Gasol got his shoe back from teammate Ed Davis, and used it to swipe at and foul Jazz forward, Derrick Favors, on a drive to the basket.
First it was Zach Randolph who spoke up and said that the Memphis Grizzlies were better after Rudy Gay was traded to the Toronto Raptors. Now Randolph’s teammate, and Grizzlies’ defensive specialist, Tony Allen, has come out and said the same.
“Well, I just think we turned into the team that we were two years ago, without the guy that we traded.”Allen went on.“Obviously...
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol lost his sneaker during last night’s game against Utah.
How are you supposed to play defense while holding a sneaker?
Use it to swipe at the ball is the correct answer.
(h/t Slam Online via CBS Sports)
Gilbert Arenas flamed out in Orlando.
One of Stan Van Gundy's greatest failures in his extremely successful tenures as Orlando's head coach was his attempt to reign in Gilbert Arenas and make him a backup point guard. It was extremely frustrating for Arenas, the organization and Dwight Howard.
In the end, Arenas played only 8.0 points per game in 49 games, shooting...
File this one in the class of very unusual and very cool. Check out how Marc Gasol lost a show during a game featuring his Grizzlies 90-84 loss to the Utah Jazz, and then used it to his advantage. Marc grabbed his shoe, which he was none too pleased about losing, and used it to try and smack the ball away from Derrick Favors. Awesome and terrible at the same time.
One of my biggest wish for athletes is that they have a transition plan for life after sports. Generally I know it’s not something most want to think about. Most have been playing the game since elementary school and the lifestyle – practice, watching film, etc – is ingrained in their DNA. But as Charles Barkley frequently points out, “father time is undefeated.” Which...
Marc Gasol found a creative way to foul Derrick Favors on Saturday night.
The Grizzlies center lost his shoe after hitting a 6-footer when Favors stepped on his heel on the way down. Gasol’s teammate, Ed Davis, returned the shoe to the big man on the other end of the court as Gasol was jawing to refs complaining about the previous play.
When Favors got the ball and drove to the...
Video: Loses sneaker, uses it to commit a foul
Well isn’t that convenient, Gilbert Arenas makes a decision not to return to the NBA, around the same time no one in the NBA was checking for him.
Arenas last played in the NBA a season ago with the Memphis Grizzlies, and had little to no impact in little to no minutes. So Agent Zero decided to go play in China, like similar outcasts Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady, and now he’s...
When NBA players lose their shoe in the midst of a game, typically the player will just play through until a timeout when he can retrieve his lost show. But yesterday Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies decided to break the mold during a game against the Utah Jazz. After losing his shoe on the offensive end, [...]
By Mike Elworth: Publisher-HoopStuff
Everyone believes that the West will come down to three teams, the Spurs, Thunder or Clippers. However there is a fourth team that everyone is underestimating, the Memphis Grizzlies. They have the number one defense in the entire NBA and play a grind it out style that no other Western Conference playoff team plays and if teams are going to beat...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gordon Hayward scored 17 points in his first start since November, including a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 90-84 on Saturday night.
The Grizzlies (44-21) had won 14 of 15 but have dropped two straight to close out a four-game road trip.
Utah (34-32) pulled within a half-game of the idle Lakers for the eighth...