Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies host struggling Warriors

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies hope to continue to close in on
their third straight playoff berth, as they host the disappointing Golden
State Warriors tonight at the FedExForum.

Memphis is No. 6 in the Western Conference playoff race and is one game behind
the fifth-seeded Clippers.

This is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The
Grizzlies won the two previous contests, as they picked up wins at home and on
the road.

Golden State has lost three straight and five of its last six at the
Grizzlies, who have won three straight and six of the last seven contests in
this series.

On Sunday, Chucky Atkins scored 19 points, including 4-of-4 from beyond the
arc during a decisive third quarter run, as Memphis knocked off the Atlanta
Hawks, 98-87, at FedExForum.

Mike Miller scored 18 points off the bench in the win over Atlanta for the
Grizzlies, who halted a three-game losing streak. All-Star Pau Gasol finished
with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the victory.

The Grizzlies, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, are
26-11 as the host this season. Memphis will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday
in the finale of the current stand.

Golden State has lost four straight games and plays the middle contest of a
three-game road trip. On Sunday, Marcus Banks had 24 points, five rebounds and
seven assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 106-104 overtime victory
over the Warriors at the Target Center.

Jason Richardson ended with a game-high 33 points and dished out six assists
and Derek Fisher netted 22 and handed out six assists in the loss to Minnesota
for the Warriors, who have lost five of their last 15 games overall.

The Warriors are just 12-23 on the road this season. They will visit the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday at the Ford Center.