Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies trying to get comfortable at home

(Sports Network) – Memphis is on an important six-game homestand. The
Grizzlies are 35-29 and are battling for positioning in the Western Conference
playoff race. They are the sixth seed in the West and trail the No. 5 Clippers
by two games.

On Friday, the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets go for their third
straight win when they visit the Grizzlies at FedExForum. It is the third and
final meeting of the season between the clubs. Denver won the two previous
contests at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets have won six straight in this
series. They have also won two in a row at the Grizzlies.

If the playoffs started, Denver and the Grizzlies would meet in the first
round.

Memphis plays the third of a six-game homestand against the Nuggets. On
Tuesday, Jake Tsakalidis paced a balanced Memphis attack with 19 points and a
career-high-tying 16 rebounds as the Grizzlies soundly defeated the Boston
Celtics, 93-76, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Chucky Atkins ended with 18 points in the win over the Celtics for Memphis,
which snapped a two-game skid. Mike Miller netted 14 off the bench and Eddie
Jones and Pau Gasol both scored 13 in the victory.

The Grizzlies, who are 1-1 on the homestand and will also host Utah, Indiana
and the Clippers on the current stand, are a solid 20-10 at home this season.

Gasol leads the team in scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg). He has
scored in double-digits in 27 straight games. The 7-0 All-Star forward
is averaging 20.9 points and 7.6 boards in his last 10 outings.

Memphis is scheduled to play 11 of its final 18 games at home.

MEM