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- The Memphis Grizzlies will continue to adjust to life without star forward Zach Randolph against the Jazz tonight. Randolph is out up to eight weeks with a right knee injury. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said his team will run many of the same sets it did for Randolph, but now those sets will be run for center Marc Gasol. “You just do (move on without Randolph), Hollins said. ” I don’t know how. We’ll work the way we have before with a lot of pick-and-rolls. It doesn’t change as much as people think.”
- The Grizzlies’ depleted frontcourt, which is also missing power forward Darrell Arthur (out for the season with a torn Achilles), will get a boost tonight. Marreese Speights, acquired in a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Hornets, will dress and play tonight. Speights hasn’t worked out with Memphis since the deal was made on Wednesday. The trade was held up because of Hornet concerns about a potential knee injury to former Grizzly guard Xavier Henry. “How much he plays I don’t know,” Hollins said. “Eventually (he’ll play more), but right now he’ll probably be the backup five. If we need to go big, we’ll have both of them out there. Initially, he’s got to learn. He’s never practiced with us or anything. This is his first time out there with us tonight. We’ll ask him to go out there and just play hard.”
- Memphis is without reserve center Hamed Haddadi tonight because of personal reasons. The Grizzlies will start Gasol, Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Dante Cunningham.
- The Jazz will be a full strength tonight after it didn’t seem that they would be a few days ago. Both Devin Harris (left calf) and Josh Howard (left quad) left the team’s 85-73 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday and did not return because of injuries. Both players will play tonight as Harris is in the starting lineup with Raja Bell, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap.
– Andrew Aragon