Tonight in the NBA: Memphis looks to even series

Tonight in the NBA: Memphis looks to even series
May 21, 2013, 2:30 pm
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After an abysmal 2012-13 season, the Sixers hope to wipe the slate clean Tuesday.

The Sixers will find out where they fall in this year's NBA Draft with the NBA Draft Lottery beginning at 8:30 p.m. (see full story).

Here's a preview of the only NBA playoff game on the schedule for Tuesday:

Grizzlies at Spurs, 9:00 p.m.
San Antonio leads series 1-0

SAN ANTONIO -- Zach Randolph's miserable Western Conference finals debut led to a sleepless night and a long film session.

The All-Star power forward and his Memphis Grizzlies are hardly down and out, though. In both rounds of the playoffs so far, Memphis has lost Game 1 before rallying back to knock out the Los Angeles Clippers and then the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This time, Randolph had his worst game ever in the playoffs, managing two points in a 105-83 blowout. His only lower-scoring game in 40 playoff appearances was when he played 1 minute as a rookie for Portland in a 2002 game.

"It's more frustrating than embarrassing," said Randolph, who missed his first seven shots in Game 1. "It's basketball. It happens to the best of them.

"Muhammad Ali, he got knocked down before. What made him the greatest fighter in the world is he always bounced back." 

It took the Grizzlies two games to get off the mat in the first round, when they suffered a 21-point blowout at Los Angeles and then lost on a Chris Paul buzzer-beater in Game 2. Memphis then won the next four.

There weren't as many adjustments needed in Round 2, when Kevin Durant's spectacular finish lifted Oklahoma City to a two-point win in the opener. Again, the Grizzlies won four straight to advance.

So, the panic button is nowhere in sight for these comeback kids with Game 2 on Tuesday night in San Antonio. (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

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