Grizzlies stop off in Indiana
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers continue their season-long six-game
homestand this evening at Conseco Fieldhouse against the Memphis Grizzlies, a
team who has never beaten them as the visitor.
Memphis has traveled to Indiana 10 times in franchise history and each time
has left with a defeat. The club has also been bad in general this season on
the road, having lost three in a row and 13 of 14 away from Memphis.
The two clubs will meet for the second and final time this season. Indiana
took the first battle on February 3 in Memphis and have won four of the last
five games in the series.
The Pacers dropped the first three games of their homestand before defeating
the Clippers on Sunday. Jermaine O’Neal scored a team-high 21 points and
pulled down eight rebounds as lift Indiana over Los Angeles, 94-80.
Mike Dunleavy chipped in with 20 points and Marquis Daniels contributed 14
points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who will play their last game before
this weekend’s All-Star break. Indiana will wrap its homestand after the break
next Wednesday against Milwaukee.
The Pacers received a scare on Sunday when forward Danny Granger was taken off
the floor in a stretcher after taking an accidental elbow to the back of his
neck and falling to the floor in the third quarter. Granger had tests taken on
his neck that were negative and he was later released from Methodist Hospital.
He is listed as day-to-day with a sore neck, but according to Indiana’s Web
site is expected to play tonight.
The Pacers come into the contest with a healthy 16-10 mark at home this year
and are 5 1/2 games behind Detroit for the lead in the Central Division.
The Grizzlies concluded a home-and-home set with New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Tuesday, taking the second tilt on the road. Mike Miller poured in 22 points
and Hakim Warrick scored six straight points with under two minutes to play to
lead Memphis over the Hornets, 108-104.
Chucky Atkins ended with 19 points and Rudy Gay had 18 for the Grizzlies, who
won for the second time in three contests. Memphis lost the first game of the
series at home on Saturday, 114-99.
Guard Damon Stoudamire is questionable for tonight’s game because of flu-like
Tonight’s matchup is the first of a four-game road trip for Memphis, with the
next three games of the trek coming after the All-Star break. The club will
resume the swing Tuesday in Seattle as it will try to work on its league-worst
3-22 road mark.