Wednesday , Apr , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies battling for playoff positioning

(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies (45-33) will participate in the
playoffs for the third straight year. They are No. 5 in the Western Conference
and own a one-half game lead over the sixth-seeded Clippers.

The playoff-bound Grizzlies play the opener of a brief two-game road trip on
Wednesday when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats. It is the second and final
meeting of the campaign between the squads. On March 26th, Gasol scored 33
points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 102-95 win over Charlotte
at the FedExForum,

Memphis has won all three contests in this series and is 1-0 as the visitor
against the Bobcats.

The Grizzlies play the first of a brief two-game road trip against the
Bobcats. On Tuesday, Pau Gasol had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to
lead the Grizzlies over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-76, at FedExForum.

Chucky Atkins netted 17 and Bobby Jackson ended with 16 points for Memphis,
which has won four of its last five games overall.

The Grizzlies are 16-22 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit
the Houston Rockets on Saturday at the Toyota Center.

Memphis closes out the regular season with a home game against the Clippers on
April 18th and road contest on April 19th at Minnesota.