wolves gameday


Preview: The Grizzlies head back out on the road after only one game at home following a four-game trip after the All-Star break. They went 2-2 on that trip, beating Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers while losing at Oklahoma City and Sacramento, before playing the Clippers back home Friday night. … Before Friday’s game, they had won 12 of 15, but one of those losses was a 90-89 defeat at Target Center on Feb. 6, ending Memphis’ eight-game winning streak one short of a team record. Memphis led 87-80 with two minutes left, but Ricky Rubio scored eight points in the final 1:47 to complete the Timberwolves’ comeback. … The teams have split the first two games of a three-game season series that ends Saturday. The Grizzlies won the season opener between the teams 105-101 in Memphis.

Players to watch: Grizzlies All-Star center Marc Gasol has four 30-point games this season after getting only one in 436 games during his first six NBA seasons. He scored a career-high 32 points in the opener against the Wolves. He has scored 20 or more points 21 times this season. … Shooting guard Courtney Lee is shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, 47.9 from three-point range and 90.9 from the free-throw line on the road this season. … Entering Friday’s game, the Grizzlies are 15-4 since they acquired Jeff Green in a trade with Boston and 12-3 with him in the starting lineup.

Injuries: Wolves F Anthony Bennett (sprained ankle), F Shabazz Muhammad (finger surgery) and F Robbie Hummel (fractured hand) all are out. Memphis listed F Vince Carter (foot) out for Friday’s game.