Wolves @ Grizzlies Gameday
Wolves @ Grizzlies 7:00 PM - FedExForum
Where to Watch: FS North
Where to Listen: 1130 AM
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* Darko Milicic (sprained left ankle) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Rudy Gay (left shoulder) - OUT
Behind Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies have managed to reach the playoff picture in the seventh spot with a record of 43-33. Memphis returns home tonight to begin a four game homestand in hopes to increase its seed in the Western Conference by continuing its strong play at FedExForum arena. With a 27-10 record at home, the Grizzlies have used its home-court advantage to full effect and now have a playoff berth in sight for the first time in five seasons. With superstar Rudy Gay ruled out for the remainder of the season, the Grizzlies have relied on Z-Bo and other emerging scoring options like Tony Allen to push forward on the final stretch run to the playoffs.
Last Time Out
With a 93-81 victory over the Hornets on Friday night, the Grizzlies tied New Orleans for seventh place in the Western Conference standings. Zach Randolph scored 28 points, while Tony Allen added 17 to lead Memphis.
Despite a strong first half for the Wolves, the Heat’s Big 3 took over after the break, dropping Minnesota 111-92.
The Numbers Game
Kevin Love moved into second place on the Wolves’ single-season rebounding list on Friday night against the Heat. Love is now only 27 shy of Kevin Garnett’s club-record of 1,139 rebounds during the 2003-04 season.
Match-up to Watch
Zach Randolph vs. Kevin Love
In order for Minnesota to get the W, the paint must be controlled by Kevin Love. While Love usually has no problem against opponents down low, Randolph has averaged 23.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in his two matchups this season against Minnesota. The Wolves could be without its shot-blocker, Darko Milicic, so Love must play big and develop a presence around the basket early for Minnesota.
What to Look For
While Kevin Love and Michael Beasley continue to be the main scoring threats for the Wolves, a more balanced attack has emerged in recent games. With huge contributions coming from the bench, Minnesota has been able to receive a boost from its reserves that have provided a different dynamic in Rambis’ system. In Friday night’s loss, reserve Martell Webster led the team in scoring with 22 points. Look for Webster to lead the bench again tonight and spark several key runs for Minnesota.
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