Grizzlies on the prowl in Emerald City
(Sports Network) – Two disappointing teams battle tonight, as the NBA-worst
Memphis Grizzlies visit the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.
This is the third and final meeting of the season between the squads. The
teams split the first two contests.
The clubs have split the last four meetings in Seattle, while Memphis has
captured four of the last six contests overall in the series.
Memphis has won two in a row and plays the fifth of a six-game road trip this
evening. On Thursday, Tarence Kinsey poured in 20 points as the Grizzlies
edged the Portland Trail Blazers, 96-92, at the Rose Garden.
Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while rookie Rudy Guy
also netted 18 for the Grizzlies, who have won two in a row for the first time
this season. Pau Gasol finished with 17 points and eight boards in the
The Grizzlies are a league-worst 7-30 on the road this season. They will visit
the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at ORACLE Arena.
Seattle tries to win its third straight game, as it opens a short two-game
homestand. J.R. Smith’s deep heave at the buzzer drew back iron, giving
Seattle its second victory in as many nights, 100-97 over the Denver Nuggets
on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.
One night after storming back from a 25-point deficit to knock off Minnesota,
the SuperSonics held off Denver behind 33 points and 10 rebounds from Rashard
Lewis. Nick Collison recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds
for Seattle, which has won three of its last four games overall and is five
games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff berth
in the Western Conference.
The SuperSonics are 19-17 at home this season. They will host Allen Iverson
and the Nuggets on Sunday at KeyArena.