Posted January 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers both rely heavily on their starting lineups for scoring more than almost every other NBA team. Memphis' league-best defense, though, seemingly gets contributions from its entire roster. The Grizzlies seek another solid defensive effort Friday night against visiting Portland, which looks to regroup from one of its worst offensive performances of the season. Offense hasn't been a strong point for Memphis (20-9), as its 94.6 points per game rank in the bottom third of the league. It gets only an average of 25.4 points from its bench, which has been outscored by the opposition's reserves 19 times. That again was the case Wednesday, but starting point guard Mike Conley scored a season-high 23 points in a 93-83 win at Boston. Fellow starters and frontcourt players Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for only 11 points while shooting 4 of 15 from the field. "It speaks to that we're a good team and we don't just count on those guys whe...
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