|Last 5 Games||4-1||+2||1-2||3-2||103.6||49.0||47.8%||51.4||98.2||51.6||46.2%||43.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.0||46.2||38-82||46.3%||5-14||35.4%||15-20||74.4%||51||11||22||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.5||50.8||38-84||45.4%||8-21||35.9%||18-24||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||93.5||44.7||38-82||45.6%||4-13||33.7%||14-19||73.0%||51||12||22||19||8||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.5||46.3||36-79||44.9%||8-21||35.9%||16-21||76.6%||47||10||20||19||7||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||102||51.1||38-83||45.6%||8-22||36.2%||18-24||75.8%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||93.2||46.1||36-79||44.9%||7-21||34.8%||15-19||76.8%||47||10||21||18||7||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+2||3-2||2-3||105.4||55.8||47.8%||50.4||101.8||49.6||45.5%||48.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.4||53.9||39-83||46.3%||9-25||37.4%||19-25||75.9%||51||11||19||22||8||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.2||50.6||38-83||45.4%||8-21||36.0%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||108.6||55.5||40-83||47.7%||10-25||39.0%||19-26||75.5%||51||12||19||22||9||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||102.7||51.8||38-83||45.5%||7-20||34.2%||20-26||76.8%||51||11||20||21||7||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||101.5||50.7||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.2%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||102.9||52.0||38-83||45.5%||7-21||34.6%||20-26||76.7%||50||11||19||22||8||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MEMPHIS 96, PHOENIX 96.2|
|3/12/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||90-88||W||-6||L||186||U||32-74||43.2%||48||14||31-75||41.3%||43||15|
|3/28/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||93-100||L||2.5||L||186||O||41-81||50.6%||41||9||40-81||49.4%||50||12|
|4/6/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||92-112||L||7||L||191||O||38-86||44.2%||44||14||43-77||55.8%||45||15|
|4/13/2014||@ LA LAKERS||102-90||W||-12||T||209.5||U||42-88||47.7%||57||17||35-80||43.7%||39||15|
|4/14/2014||@ PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/9/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||107-113||L||9.5||W||211||O||36-75||48.0%||49||19||45-85||52.9%||41||12|
|3/10/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||105-112||L||10.5||W||217.5||U||39-85||45.9%||45||16||43-78||55.1%||54||21|
|3/30/2014||@ LA LAKERS||99-115||L||-9||L||224||U||35-91||38.5%||57||13||44-83||53.0%||47||13|
|4/9/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||94-88||W||-9||L||207||U||39-80||48.7%||45||12||34-80||42.5%||48||12|
|4/11/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||104-112||L||3.5||L||206||O||39-82||47.6%||55||18||43-96||44.8%||46||7|
|4/14/2014||MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MEMPHIS: GUARDS: MIKE CONLEY has steadily improved every season. He's now a borderline All-Star point guard . . . TONY ALLEN is back as the defensive half of Memphis' SG platoon. He's a favorite of new head coach David Joerger, the mastermind of the Grizzlies' suffocating defense as an assistant . . . JERRYD BAYLESS is on the cusp of being one of the NBA's top sixth men. He's the only pure scorer they have on the perimeter . . . MIKE MILLER's minutes will be limited in the regular season, but he's still an effective bench option with his long-range shooting . . . Ultra-athletic rookie JAMAAL FRANKLIN seems like a future rotation guy if/when he grasps Joerger's defensive schemes. FORWARDS: ZACH RANDOLPH has taken a back seat to Marc Gasol, but Z-Bo is still a dangerous low-post scorer. He might give way to Ed Davis a little more often when Memphis needs defense . . . TAYSHAUN PRINCE brought another quality defender to Memphis at last season's trade deadline. He's no better than a fifth option on offense, though . . . QUINCY PONDEXTER is one of the only shooters Memphis has, and he seems ready for a bigger role after a strong postseason performance. If nothing else, he's the heir apparent to Prince . . . ED DAVIS seems ready for a bigger role, but it's not coming behind Randolph and Gasol. He's a back-up for at least one more season . . . JON LEUER gives the Grizzlies another savvy reserve big. CENTERS: He's a bit overrated defensively (good, but not Defensive Player of the Year good), but MARC GASOL has emerged as the centerpiece of the Memphis offense. He's one of the league's best passing big men, to go along with some skill in the post . . . KOSTA KOUFOS gives them another 7-footer who can move the ball, though his role will be much smaller than it was in Denver.|
|PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MEMPHIS-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Grizzlies-Suns Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Memphis (48-32) at Phoenix (47-33), 10:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Suns have had a successful season under rookie coach Jeff Hornacek, exceeding expectations by a wide margin while making a drastic improvement from a team that failed to finish over .500 for the last three years.
They'd like to cap it with a playoff berth, but they're going to need some help.
Phoenix looks to prevent the visiting Memphis Grizzlies from securing a trip to the postseason while keeping its own playoff hopes alive Monday night.
The Suns' 25 wins last season were their fewest since going 16-66 in their inaugural 1968-69 campaign, leading them to part with four of their top five scorers prior to 2013-14.
With Hornacek guiding the club in his first head coaching job, Phoenix (47-33) has turned things around and still has a chance to qualify for the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
The Suns have made accomplishing that feat much more difficult by dropping their last two games, though, falling 112-104 to San Antonio on Friday before losing 101-98 to Dallas the following night.
Phoenix trails Memphis by one game for the final playoff spot with the Grizzlies holding the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the first three meetings of the season. The Suns would have to win this contest and Wednesday's finale at Sacramento, and Memphis would have to lose to Dallas that same day in order for Phoenix to qualify.
"We've got to stay positive," said Eric Bledsoe, who scored 29 points against the Mavericks. "You could tell it was a playoff atmosphere (Saturday). I thought everybody laid it out on the court."
The Grizzlies (48-32) won their third straight game Sunday, 102-90 over the Los Angeles Lakers, to put themselves in position to clinch a fourth consecutive playoff appearance with a victory over Phoenix.
"They're playing very well," guard Mike Conley said of the Suns. "These are the games we get up for."
Memphis can clinch at least the seventh seed by winning its final two. It trails Golden State by one game for sixth and could wind up in that position with a pair of wins and two Warriors losses.
"It's going to be a good test to go to Phoenix and play a team that is fighting for the same goal and can get hot really quick," center Marc Gasol said.
Memphis outscored the Lakers 34-17 in the third quarter to break open a tight contest at halftime. Conley finished with 24 points, while Gasol added 18 and 15 rebounds.
"This was a good sign on how we finished out the game," said Tayshaun Prince, who scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. "I hope we can carry it over to tomorrow."
Conley has averaged 20.0 points and 9.0 assists in the three victories over Phoenix, including a 31-point effort in a 104-99 victory Jan. 10. His counterpart, Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic, has averaged 23.3 points in the defeats.
Dragic, though, has been nursing a sprained left ankle that caused him to sit out against the Spurs. He hit only 6 of 18 from the field and finished with 15 points and four turnovers against the Mavericks.
Phoenix has dropped the last two meetings at home with Memphis after winning 11 of the previous 13.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 11:26:57 AM EST|