Timberwolves on the prowl in Memphis
(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves will aim for their second
straight win tonight when they open a three-game road trip against the Memphis
Grizzlies at FedExForum.
Minnesota put the brakes on a three-game slide with Sunday’s 84-83 victory
over the Atlanta Hawks at the Target Center. Trenton Hassell’s basket in the
waning moments lifted the Timberwolves to victory, while All-Star forward
Kevin Garnett missed the triumph due to tendinitis in his right knee. His
league-leading streak of 351 consecutive starts came to an end.
The Timberwolves were also without guard Ricky Davis, who is hampered with a
Minnesota, which is 8-30 as the guest this season, will visit Houston and
Indiana after Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies. It will then close out the
2005-06 campaign in San Antonio and Memphis.
The Grizzlies are in the midst of a battle to remain fifth in the Western
Conference playoff race with the Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis, which clinched
a postseason berth on Saturday, is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers and
Sacramento in the West.
Memphis had a three-game winning streak halted in Sunday’s 83-81 loss to the
San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Pau Gasol had 14 points and his
potential game-tying jumper was deflected by Tim Duncan.
Jake Tsakalidis had 15 points to lead Memphis, which lost for just the fourth
time in its last 14 games. The Grizzlies also have won three straight and nine
of their last 10 as the host. They have a 28-11 mark at home in 2005-06.
Memphis will visit Charlotte and Houston before hosting the Clippers in a big
matchup at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies are scheduled to travel to Minnesota in
the season finale on April 19th.
The season series between Minnesota and Memphis is tied at a game apiece with
the Timberwolves snapping a four-game series losing streak on February 26.
Minnesota has won 14 of the last 19 meetings, but has lost three straight at
Memphis. The Timberwolves, though, have won 15 of their last 19 trips to