ROCKETS AT GRIZZLIES, 8 P.M. ET

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  • The Grizzlies have been one of the NBA’s stingiest teams throughout the season. But in their last three games, two of them losses, they have given up 106 to Boston, 107 to Washington and 108 to New York. Prior to that, the Grizzlies had allowed 100 or more points just eight times. “We’ve played teams that can spread you out,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “Even Boston played small. They didn’t have (Kevin) Garnett and they just ran up and down the court. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us, they couldn’t stop us either. … It’s been that way all year. It’s not something that we haven’t seen.”
  • Rumors continue to swirl that the Grizzlies are close to signing a backup point guard. Most of them have centered around Keyon Dooling. “Whoever they get and whatever they do, I’m going to coach them and see if that person can be effective,” Hollins said.
  • Rockets coach Kevin McHale has experimented with playing 6-10 Greg Smith alongside center Omar Asik in their last game against Indiana. Asik had eight points and five rebounds, while Smith came off the bench and had 18 points and 19 boards. That could come in handy in tonight’s matchup against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. “We’ll look at it from time to time,” McHale said. “Most teams in our league don’t go big-big. Tonight’s a team that will. Indiana does. … I thought they played well together. I thought Greg had a really good game. The spacing gets tight down there at times. They both shoot the same shots which are layups and dunks. I’ve noticed in the NBA game, there are only so many of those that go around. They don’t grow on trees.”

Marlon W. Morgan

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