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Memphis forwards Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay were both in uniform for Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors, putting the Grizzlies at full strength for the first time since Jan. 1.
Randolph, an All-Star last season, has been out since tearing the MCL in his right knee on New Year's Day in Chicago. He was averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in the four games before the injury. Last season, Randolph led the team with 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said Randolph will not start. Marreese Speights, who the Grizzlies picked up Jan. 4 in a trade with Philadelphia, has filled in for Randolph at power forward, averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds.
''It's like putting a guy that doesn't play all the time into the game,'' Hollins said. ''I don't think we can just trot Zach into the rotation and say: `You're our guy.'
''We have a rotation. We have chemistry. I have to see where he's playing, and how he's playing. I don't even know when I'm going to put him in the game, or how I'm going to put him in the game. Hopefully when I do, it will be the right time, and he'll play well.''
Gay, the team's leading scorer this season at 18.8 points a game, returns after missing Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with concussion symptoms. Gay was struck in the head with an inadvertent elbow in Sunday night's game in Denver.
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