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Whoever can get to 90 points figures to have the best chance to win when the top defensive teams in the NBA meet. However, neither Indiana nor Memphis was able to score that many when the Pacers got the best of the Grizzlies last month.
The Pacers look to win their third straight and sweep the Grizzlies for the first time since 2006-07 on Monday, though they'll have to end a four-game losing streak at Memphis to do it.
Indiana (25-16) is allowing the fewest points in the league at 89.3 per game while Memphis (26-13) is 0.3 behind. The Pacers outlasted the Grizzlies 88-83 on Dec. 31 with neither team managing to shoot better than 40 percent from the field.
Indiana may need to be just as tough at the defensive end this time, as it's lost seven straight on the road when giving up 90 or more points. The Grizzlies have won 10 of 11 at home when limiting teams to fewer than 90.
Memphis has held its last two opponents to fewer than 80 points in regulation, winning 85-69 over Sacramento on Friday and 85-82 in overtime at Chicago on Saturday.
As good as they've been defensively, the Grizzlies may need a spark on offense if they want to extend their run. A second straight productive performance from Zach Randolph after he missed one game with a strained back could provide it.
Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds against the Bulls, though he went 6 for 20 from the field.
"He got all of his work done without having to dominate the ball," guard Mike Conley said. "He just did it all with dirty work."
Randolph has been outstanding in his last 13 games against the Pacers, averaging 24.5 points and 12.2 boards.
After scoring 27.3 points and shooting 53.7 percent per game in his past three versus Indiana, Rudy Gay will try to bounce back from his 11-point, 3-for-17 effort last month.
Memphis had averaged 105.8 points in its previous five against the Pacers before the Dec. 31 loss.
It may not be any easier for the Grizzlies on Monday, as Indiana has won 15 of 20 since a sluggish start.
Paul George continued his breakout season for the Pacers on Friday, scoring 31 points while going 7 for 10 from 3-point range in a 105-95 win over Houston.
"(George) has been putting in a lot of work before practice, after practice, before games, getting up a lot of shots, so we keep going to him and he's been playing real well,'' center Roy Hibbert said.
The Pacers have shot 20 for 41 from beyond the arc in their two consecutive wins. They went 12 of 25 on 3s despite shooting 40.0 percent overall in the first meeting with the Grizzlies.
Memphis, though, has held opponents to 5 of 24 (20.8 percent) from beyond the arc in the last two games.
The Grizzlies have won seven of nine in the series.
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Rumors have been swirling that the Grizzlies are looking to trade Rudy Gay, but one report says they could keep him and trade Zach Randolph.
Trade deadline is only a few weeks away and it’s heating up; one of the “hot” teams that have been on the radar gave been the Memphis Grizzlies as they face impending luxury tax issues. Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph have both been mentioned in various talks, but Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld mentions Randolph is [...]The post NBA Rumor: Memphis Grizzlies May Trade Zach Randolph To...
Zach Randolph expects to play Saturday against the Chicago Bulls. A sore back forced the Memphis Grizzlies power forward to miss Friday night's win over the Sacramento Kings, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Z-Bo would try to play Saturday. He injured his back in Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.
Zach Randolph missed shoot around and will miss Friday night's game against the Sacramento Kings, according to Grizz sideline reporter Rob Fischer.
The Memphis Grizzlies power forward injured his back in Wednesday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He's considered day-to-day.
Marreese Speights will get fill-in duty (6.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and .7 blocks in...
Zach Randolph returned from a back injury to pull down 19 rebound and score 13 points Saturday in an overtime win over the Chicago Bulls.
Z-Bo played 42 minutes, so it doesn't sound like his sore back was too much of a concern. Get him in your lineups.
This season, Randolph is averaging 16.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, .8 steals and .5 blocks.
Everyone was under the impression the it would be Rudy Gay on the move, but maybe not.
Source says that the Memphis Grizzlies may keep Rudy Gay, and instead trade Zach Randolph to the Houston Rockets. Houston loves Randolph.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 20, 2013
Nobody would think the 26-13 Memphis Grizzlies would be willing to trade their team, especially while being fourth in a tough Western Conference. The rumors are swirling that small forward Rudy Gay was on the trading block and now rumors are strong that it's power forward Zach Randolph who's on the trading black instead.
According to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, the...
As you’ve probably heard by now, the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers completed the first significant deal of the ’12/13 NBA trade season earlier today. In a move made primarily to save the Grizzlies approximately $6 million in salary (which they needed to do to get under the cap), backup center Marreese Speights, three-point specialist Wayne Ellington, and second...
The Memphis Grizzlies, long rumored to be shopping Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph, have finally made a deal. But it's not for Gay or Z-Bo.
ESPN reports that the Grizzlies are shipping reserves Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby (and likely a future-first round draft pick, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer (and likely...
The Memphis Grizzlies got the best of the Chicago Bulls in a low-scoring affair last month.
Points could be even harder to come by this time around if Zach Randolph and Luol Deng can't play.
Memphis' Randolph and Chicago's Deng are both uncertain to be available Saturday night in what sets up as a defensive battle at the United Center.
Randolph had 10 points and 15...
It looks like the Memphis Grizzlies have found a way to stay under the dreaded luxury tax, while keeping both Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay.
Per Brian Windhorst, ESPN:
“The Grizzlies would send big man Marreese Speights, guard Wayne Ellington and guard Josh Selby to the Cavs for big man Jon Leuer. Cleveland would also receive a future first-round draft pick in the deal.”
Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls, 85-82, in overtime on Saturday night.
Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol's putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler's layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds...
CHICAGO -- Marc Gasol scored 19 points, teammate Zach Randolph grabbed 19 rebounds and the Memphis low-post tandem helped lead the Grizzlies to an 85-82 overtime victory over Chicago at the United Center. Randolph and Gasol started the overtime with one putback basket each and the Bulls couldn't recover. Carlos Boozer came up short on a corner 3-point attempt at the buzzer...
CHICAGO -- After squandering a 17-point lead, Memphis knew it was time to go inside to salvage a win on the road. Marc Gasol scored 19 points, teammate Zach Randolph grabbed 19 rebounds and the Grizzlies low-post tandem helped lead them to an 85-82 overtime victory over Chicago at the United Center. Randolph and Gasol started the overtime with one putback basket each and the...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 in overtime on Saturday night.
Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol's putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler's layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer...