Monday, January 6, 2020
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a huge win against the Los Angeles Clippers last night, 140-114, a season-high in points for the Grizzlies. They will look to use that victory as the motivation to take down the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns, on the other hand, have recently defeated the New York Knicks on Friday. Tonight’s battle will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season. The last time they played each other was on December 11 when the Suns fell to the Grizzlies, 115-108. Dillon Brooks finished that game with 27 points, 3 rebounds, one assist and two steals while Frank Kaminsky had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Grizzlies and the Suns have played each other a grand total of 94 times in the past as the Suns won 59 games while the Grizzlies were kept to just 35 victories.
-Andre Iguodala (undisclosed)
-Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Marko Guduric (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.0 FG%, 28.1 3P%)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Jackson (G-League)
-John Konchar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision, 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG,1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Grizzlies would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Suns shot fifty-one percent. Former Raptors’ center Jonas Valanciunas got hot for 20 points while missing only one of his nine shots attempted. He also had 3 three-pointers while Dillon Brooks scored 13 points which included 3 three-pointers, as well.
Jaren Jackson chalked up seven points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field. He was able to knock down a three-pointer in the second quarter while rookie Ja Morant had five points. Jae Crowder was held scoreless but managed to record three rebounds and one assist. Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.
On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 18 points on seventy-seven percent shooting. He also had one defensive rebound and three assists while Kelly Oubre and Ricky Rubio combined for 13 points. Deandre Ayton contributed with eight points while Aron Baynes had four points. Mikal Bridges played 14 minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 62-57 advantage.
The visiting team would look to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Suns to thirty-nine percent shooting. Valanciunas added 10 more points to his scoring total while grabbing 5 boards and blocking two shots. Morant helped out with eight points while Brandon Clarke scored four points in the 10 minutes he played off the bench.
As for the home team, Booker got hot for 22 points while Oubre had nine points. Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Memphis team that came away with a 121-114 victory. Jonas Valanciunas finished the game with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Devin Booker had 40 points, 2 rebounds, and six assists.
The Memphis Grizzlies will host Andrew Wiggins (24.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 44.6 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-21) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the third and final time that they play each other this season. December 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves, 115-107. During that game, Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Phoenix Suns will host Buddy Hield (20.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (13-23) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the fourth and final time that these teams will fight each other this season. The last time they met up was on December 28 when the Suns crept away with a 112-110 win. Devin Booker finished that game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals while Buddy Hield had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.