Grizzlies didn’t see this coming
(Sports Network) – The Memphis Grizzlies (19-59) own the worst record in the
NBA and have had their three-year postseason run halted. They were
0-12 during their three playoff appearances.
During the offseason, Memphis will focus on trying to get back to being a
playoff contender. The Grizzlies are hopeful that luck will be with them at
the NBA Lottery, as they try to secure the top pick in the upcoming draft.
Forward Pau Gasol, who was the subject of trade rumors throughout the season,
continues to play hard for the Grizzlies. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in
scoring (20.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). He has scored in double-digits
in 54 of 55 games this season and has collected 30 double-doubles this
Gasol is averaging 20.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last 10 outings. He
has collected six double-doubles in that span. The 7-0 Spaniard has logged at
30 or minutes in 15 straight contests.
The Grizzlies attempt to put the brakes on a five-game losing streak, as they
host the disappointing Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at FedExForum. It is the
third and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. The teams split the
first two contests, as both squads picked up a win at home.
Sacramento has lost three straight and five of its last six at Memphis.
Memphis opens a three-game homestand against the Kings. On Saturday, Dwight
Howard recorded a double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
Orlando Magic to a 116-89 victory over the Grizzlies at Amway Arena.
Chucky Atkins led Memphis with 18 points and Tarance Kinsey added 15 points in
the loss for the Grizzlies. Hakim Warrick and Gasol both scored 14 for
Memphis, which has dropped nine of its last 11 games overall.
The Grizzlies are 12-26 at home this season. They will host the Denver Nuggets
on Saturday and the San Antonio Spurs next Monday, which is their final home
game this season.
Rookie forward Rudy Gay (sprained right ankle) is questionable for
Tuesday’s contest. Gay is averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 77
games for Memphis. He did not play against Orlando.
Memphis will wrap up its season against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April
18th at the Target Center.