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- After trying to come back from his grade-2 sprained MCL Sunday against Minnesota, guard/forward Quincy Pondexter will be out again for tonight’s game. Pondexter, who played four minutes against the Timberwolves, realized he came back too soon. He missed 22 games after suffering the injury Dec. 29 against Denver. “He found out it was tough,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “He thought because he was shooting in practice that he would be able to come out and play the same way in the games. I told him when the lights come on, the intensity is higher. There’s more physicality. And those shots don’t look so easy. He was sore and we decided to sit him back down and get him some more rest.”
- Tonight is the Grizzlies final game before the NBA All-Star break. That’s both good and bad for the Grizzlies. On the one hand, recently acquired players Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis could use time further getting acclimated to their new team. But for those who have been here all season, the five days off are welcome. “The guys who have played need a mental break,” Hollins said. “We will have played 52 games after tonight. That’s two-thirds of the season. It’s time to have a break. The downside of that is when you’re trying to fit everybody in. You’d like to have the practice time.”
- Sacramento comes to Memphis having won its last two games,, both at home against Utah and Houston. The Kings are looking to win their third in a row for just the second time this season, which is their longest winning streak of the year. The Grizzlies have won the first two meetings against the Kings by an average of 24 points.
– Marlon W. Morgan