Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – February 8

=== Memphis Grizzlies Team Report – February 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies host the quickly fading Minnesota
Timberwolves on Tuesday at FedExForum. These teams have split a pair of
meetings this season, both in Minnesota. The T’Wolves have been particularly
impressive on the road in this series, winning 10 straight and 15 of their
last 16 at the Grizzlies.

Memphis had a three-game win streak stopped last Thursday, as it fell 106-103
to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Jason Williams had 15
points and six assists for Memphis, which fell for just the second time in its
last seven tries.

Lorenzen Wright added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Miller tallied 16
points. Stromile Swift, Brian Cardinal and Shane Battier chipped in 13 points
apiece, while Antonio Burks added 10 points.

The Grizzlies hit 47.4 percent of their shots, including 10-of-20 (.500) from
three-point range. However, Memphis allowed the Clippers to shoot 60 percent
in the loss.

Memphis remains seventh in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind
sixth place Houston. The Grizzlies are 16-13 against the Western Conference
this season. Memphis has won five of its last six home games to improve to
16-9 at FedExForum this season. The Grizzlies are finishing up a three-game
homestand on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies will visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and will return
home to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Memphis is 1-0 against the
Sixers and will be playing them for the final time this season. The Grizzlies
are 1-0 against Portland and will play them twice more in the 2004-05

On Sunday, Memphis embarks on a three-game road trip that will start against
the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Grizzlies, who will also visit
the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards on the swing, lost to the Pacers,
86-85, on January 11th at FedExForum.

Williams has scored in double-digits in six straight games. He is averaging
16.8 points and seven assists in that span. The Florida product is averaging
11.7 points and a team-high 6.2 assists this season.