Tonight in the NBA: Grizzlies battle Nets

Tonight in the NBA: Grizzlies battle Nets
February 24, 2013, 1:45 pm
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After losing to the Heat on Saturday night, the Sixers have another tough test today as they face the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double and Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 33 points in the Sixers' 114-90 defeat to Miami. When asked about the Heat, Sixers coach Doug Collins simply said, "you can’t guard them" (see story).

Here's a look at some NBA games to watch for today:

Memphis at Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

Memphis ranks 10th in the league in rebounds per game with 43 largely due to Zach Randolph, who is second in the league in double-doubles and in rebounds per game with 11.7.

When Memphis and Brooklyn last met on Jan. 25, the Grizzlies dominated the Nets in a 101-77 victory. Led by Marc Gasol, who finished the game with 20 points, seven players on Memphis recorded double-digit points.

The Nets were without Joe Johnson in their 106-96 loss to the Rockets on Friday because of a heel injury and are hoping to get him back against the Grizzlies. Johnson is averaging 17 points per game this season.

Chicago at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m.

The last time these two teams met was back on Nov. 8, in which the Thunder came away with a  97-91 victory. Kevin Durant scored 24 points in that contest and has not slowed down since, leading the league in points per game with 28.9.

Oklahoma City is one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA averaging 106.7 points per game, whereas the Bulls are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA with 92.9.

The Bulls are hoping to get point guard Kirk Hinrich (elbow) back after missing him in nine of their last 10 games. Hinrich is averaging seven points and 5.3 assists per game.

Cleveland at Miami, 6 p.m.

LeBron James and the Heat will play Cleveland for James’ 10th game against his former team today. James is 8-1 against the Cavs since leaving and is looking to help extend Miami’s win streak to 11.

The Cleveland fans have been upset over James leaving for a while now, but the great play of Kyrie Irving is helping them forget. Irving is averaging 23.5 points, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He made a trip to his first All-Star game last weekende, where he recorded 15 points and four assists.

Yet despite Irving’s great play this year, it still does not compare to James’ MVP-like season, in which he is averaging 27 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.

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