Grizzlies head north to Toronto
(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies will try and stop a four-game losing
streak when they head to Toronto this evening to take on the Raptors at the
Air Canada Center.
Memphis has lost seven of its last eight games, including Saturday’s 92-89
setback against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mike Miller
had 24 points and Pau Gasol added 22 points and 15 boards for Memphis, which
will open a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Toronto.
The Grizzlies, who are last in the Southwest Division, will also visit Atlanta
and Charlotte on the trek. They are an NBA-worst 4-26 on the road this season.
In injury news for Memphis, forward Stromile Swift (flu-like symptoms) and
guard Chucky Atkins (ankle) are questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors have lost three in a row and
will open a short two-game homestand tonight. On Tuesday, Toronto was handed a
129-109 loss by the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, as Chris Bosh
scored 25 points in a losing cause.
T.J. Ford and Juan Dixon scored 14 points each for Toronto, while Jose
Calderon added 13 points off the bench. The Raptors, who will also host
Seattle, are 20-9 at home this season and four games ahead of New Jersey in
the Atlantic. They are also fourth overall in the Eastern Conference.
Wednesday’s showdown between Memphis and Toronto is the second and final
meeting this season. The Grizzlies won the first encounter, 110-104, on
December 30 at FedExForum.
Memphis has won eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings. The Grizzlies
have also won four straight after losing their last two visits to the Air