Tuesday , Mar , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs expect to get Duncan back tonight

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Midwest Division rivals meet tonight, as the
San Antonio Spurs visit the surprising Memphis Grizzlies at The Pyramid.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.
Memphis has won two of the three contests, splitting a pair of contests at the
SBC Center and winning on its homecourt on November 3.

San Antonio should get a big boost, as Tim Duncan is expected to start tonight
after missing the past five games with a leg injury. The Spurs were 4-1
without their All-Star forward.

The Spurs come into tonight’s game on a three game-winning streak. San Antonio
is just two games behind Midwest Division-leading Minnesota.

On Saturday, Rasho Nesterovic had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs
to a 107-86 rout of the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena. Malik Rose added
19 points and Tony Parker chipped in 17 for the Spurs. Hedo Turkoglu
contributed 13 points and six rebounds in the San Antonio win.

Nesterovic has registered double digits in scoring and rebounding in his last
five games. He has averaged 17 points and 12.4 rebounds in that span.

San Antonio is 7-1 in Tuesday games this season. The Spurs, who have won eight
of their last 10 as the host, are 20-13 on the road.

The Grizzlies are on a five-game winning streak and are in sixth place in the
Western Conference. Memphis is three games behind third-place San Antonio, two
games away from the fourth-place Los Angeles Lakers and just one game behind
the Dallas Mavericks.

On Sunday, Bonzi Wells finished with 18 points to lead Memphis to a 95-85 win
over the Golden State Warriors at the Arena in Oakland. Jason Williams scored
17 points in the victory for the Grizzlies, who notched their fourth straight
win on the road. Shane Battier contributed 15 points and Pau Gasol posted 14
points and eight rebounds.

Memphis, which has won seven of its last eight as the host, is an impressive
23-8 at home this season.

The Grizzlies have won three of their last five against the Spurs. The
Grizzlies have won two of their last three at San Antonio.