GameDay Preview: Cavs at Grizzlies

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Game Summary

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

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Jarrett Jack, SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Spencer Hawes

Grizzlies: PG - Mike Conley, SG - Courtney Lee, SF - Tayshaun Prince
PF - Zach Randolph, C - Marc Gasol

Status Update: (Cavs) - Carrick Felix, (Left patellar Stress Fracture, Out), Anderson Varejao, (Sore Back, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Knee Hyperextension, Out), C.J. Miles, (Left Ankle Sprain, Out)

(Grizzlies) - Quincy Pondexter, (Tarsal Navicular Stress Fracture, Right Foot), Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

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

Defensive Intensity

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.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

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

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

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.

On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs come back home on Tuesday to face the San Antonio Spurs at 7:00 p.m. ET.