Wednesday , Mar , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis welcomes miserable Knicks to FedEx Forum

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies will try to start the month of March
better than they did February tonight when the New York Knicks pay a visit to
FedEx Forum.

Memphis, which opened February with five straight losses, ended the month with
a 108-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Pau Gasol recorded a career-high 39 points and grabbed 10 boards for the
Grizzlies, who put the brakes on a three-game losing streak.

After Tuesday’s home game against New York, the Grizzlies will open a four-
game road trip before returning home to host six consecutive games.

Memphis has won three of its last four home games and is 18-9 at FedEx Forum
this season.

It just keeps getting worse for the Knicks, who have lost four in a row, 14 of
15 and 20 of their last 22 games. Seven of those losses have been by 20 points
or more.

Head coach Larry Brown couldn’t have imagined a worse season and the addition
of new guard Steve Francis has produced zero wins. The Knicks are 0-3 since
acquiring Francis from Orlando last week.

In New York’s last game on Monday versus the San Antonio Spurs, Quentin
Richardson scored 14 points, Eddy Curry posted 13 and Francis finished with 12
points, as the Knicks suffered a 121-93 setback at the AT&T Center. They were
down 34 points at one point in the third quarter.

The Knicks, who have lost 11 straight on the road, will conclude a three-game
road trip in Memphis. New York is an NBA-worst 4-24 on the road this season.

A loss Wednesday night to the Grizzlies would assure the Knicks of their
fourth straight losing season — the longest such streak since the late ’80s.

This is the first of two meetings between the Knicks and Grizzlies this
season. After Wednesday’s tilt, both squads will then meet at Madison Square
Garden on March 24.

The Grizzlies have won two of the past three meetings, but New York has posted
wins in six of its last eight trips to Memphis.