GameDay Preview: Cavs at Grizzlies
The Wine and Gold travel to Memphis tonight to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Cleveland (24-36) enters tonight's game on a two-game winning streak including four of their last five on the road.
In last night's victory, Kyrie Irving led both teams with 21 points, going 7-for-16 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the stripe, adding 12 assists and 10 boards in the win for his first career triple-double. Two other Cavalier starters – Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes – each notched double-doubles in the victory and a third Cavalier – Tyler Zeller – finished one rebound short.
Memphis (32-25) has dropped two of three after winning 16 of 20, but both of those losses have come away from home, including a 113-107 defeat to the Thunder last night in Oklahoma City.
Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic
(Grizzlies) - Quincy Pondexter, (Tarsal Navicular Stress Fracture, Right Foot), Out)
*Subject to change
The Cavs came away with a 91-83 overtime victory in the two teams' last matchup on February 9th at The Q.
All-time, the Wine and Gold are 22-12 against the Grizzlies (14-3 Home, 8-9 Road).
Key to the Game/Key Matchup
Key to the Game
Memphis is a very physical, defensive-minded team and the Wine and Gold must match their intensity on the defensive end of the floor.
In the Cavs and Grizzlies last meeting, Cleveland held Memphis to 33-86 (.384) shooting from the field, including 3-14 (.214) from the three-point line.
With both teams entering tonight's game on the heels of a back-to-back, they will have to rely heavily on their benches.
Cleveland's second unit outscored Memphis' reserves 44-27 in the two teams' last matchup on Feb. 9.
Where to Catch the Action
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM 222, Sirius 215
Be sure to check cavs.com for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.
After tonight's game, the Cavs come back home on Tuesday to face the San Antonio Spurs at 7:00 p.m. ET.