The Memphis Grizzlies are in Orlando tonight for a matchup with the Magic.
The Magic have lost two straight at home and won’t be expected to let the Grizzlies leave without a fight. Memphis touts a 4-6 record after coming off a 116-110 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics at home on Saturday night.
Memphis is 4-10 all time against the Magic and the teams split the series last season, with each winning a game at home.
Greivis Vasquez is slated to play tonight despite rumors that he had been demoted to the Developmental League. Vasquez had approached the team about going to the D-League to get more minutes.
“It’s better than sitting on the bench,” said Vaszquez.
Vasquez had his most impressive game as a rookie against the Celtics, scoring seven points on 3-3 shooting, one of those being a three pointer.
Zach Randolph posted his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 41 minutes of action.
The Grizzlies were the victims of some suspect officiating on Saturday in the overtime period after Mike Conley was clotheslined by Paul Pierce. Pierce was called for only a personal foul on the play, which usually would result in a flagrant foul because Pierce grabbed Conley by the neck and shoulders and brought him to the ground.
A few plays later, Randolph got tangled up with Kevin Garnett and pulled him by the shoulder to the ground. Both players were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that Garnett made the first contact. However, a flagrant foul was called on Randolph, giving the Celtics two free throws and the ball with under three minutes to play in the overtime period.
Hopefully tonight Memphis will not have to rely on better officiating and can build off of the momentum they have established this season, taking two playoff mainstays in the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics into overtime. Now let’s see if they can finally finish a team and get a big win against an Eastern Conference powerhouse.
In the past, Rashard Lewis had mauled the Grizzlies. It has always been a mismatch for Memphis because Lewis can play inside or outside and he is a legitimate three-point threat.
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Written by Jacob Wells
I grew up in Memphis and I have always been a Grizzlies fan, even back in the Vancouver days. When they moved to Memphis I was as excited as anybody. It has been tough for a long time, but I never get tired of looking forward to next season. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and still live in the area. Go Grizzlies.