Jazz visit Grizzlies in Memphis
(Sports Network) – The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz open a three-game
road trip this evening when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the
Utah, which owns a 9 1/2-game lead over Denver in the Northwest standings, had
a brief two-game winning streak stopped with Monday’s 102-94 loss against the
Los Angeles Lakers at EnergySolutions Arena.
Derek Fisher had 23 points and eight assists to lead Utah, while Matt Harpring
added 14 points and Carlos Boozer added 13 points and nine rebounds in the
setback to Los Angeles.
The Jazz will now hit the road for three games against Memphis, Minnesota and
New Orleans/Oklahoma City. They own a 15-12 record as the visitor this season.
In injury news for Utah, guard Deron Williams (wrist/groin) is questionable
for Wednesday’s game at Memphis.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have lost four of their last five games, including
Monday’s 111-107 loss to the Nuggets at FedExForum. Pau Gasol notched 21
points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which fell to 11-18 as the host this
Mike Miller also scored 21 points and Rudy Gay netted 18 for Memphis. Hakim
Warrick contributed 15 points off the bench in the loss to Denver.
Memphis is last in the Southwest Division and has just three wins over its
previous 12 games.
Wednesday’s showdown between Utah and Memphis is the third of four meetings
this season. The 2006-07 series is tied at a game apiece, but Memphis has won
three of four and seven of the last nine meetings. The two teams will meet
again on March 24 in Salt Lake City.
Utah has lost five of seven and seven of its last 10 at the Grizzlies.