Monday , Mar , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies ready to go on vacation

(Sports Network) – Memphis owns the worst record in the NBA and is headed
towards the lottery. The Grizzlies are a dismal 16-48 and are 14 games behind
the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western

The Grizzlies three-year postseason run is definitely coming to an end.
They were 0-12 during their three playoff appearances and will be looking
to secure the top pick in the lottery for the 2007 NBA Draft.

The New Jersey Nets try to put the brakes on a five-game losing streak when
they visit the Grizzlies on Monday at the FedExForum. It is the second and
final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On December 11th, Carter
posted 37 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals while hitting a
franchise-record nine three-pointers as the Nets matched a team record for
three-pointers made in a game with 15 in their 105-92 victory over the
Grizzlies at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey has lost four straight and six of its last seven at the Grizzlies.
The Nets have won two in a row in the series.

Memphis attempts to win back-to-back games once again for the first time this
season. Pau Gasol poured in 31 points on a 13-of-20 from the floor and pulled
down 15 rebounds as the Grizzlies knocked off Charlotte, 115-107, at Charlotte
Bobcats Arena.

Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and Mike Miller netted 17 for the Grizzlies,
who snapped a six-game losing skid. Rookie Rudy Gay posted 16 points and 10
boards in the win for Memphis, which finished a sizzling 56 percent shooting
from the floor.

The Grizzlies open a five-game homestand against New Jersey. They are 11-20 at
home this season. Memphis will also host Cleveland, Chicago, the Hornets and
Lakers on the current stand.

Gasol leads the Grizzlies in scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg).
He has scored in double-digits in 40 of 41 games this season and has collected
21 double-doubles this season.

Memphis has scored over 100 points in nine of its last 12 contests. The
Grizzlies are scheduled to play 10 of its final 18 games this season at home.