The Memphis Grizzlies are getting pretty good at this comeback thing. After rallying from a huge deficit at home against the Dallas Mavericks last week, the Grizzlies had to dig out of another big hold at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
The result? Two big wins, even if they were against subpar competition.
The Grizzlies hope to not have to dig out of a hole against the Cavs on Friday night as they do battle starting at 6:00.
The Cavaliers are led by second year point guard Kyrie Irving, the #1 overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. In his second season, Irving has become one of the NBA’s true stars, not just as his position but all around. The Cavs are still a bad team, but it isn’t Irving’s fault as he was named to his first All-Star team this season and has gotten better as the season goes on.
Outside of Irving, the Cavs struggle with consistency, like any rebuilding team. Anderson Varejao has missed most of the season and won’t return and Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters are nice prospects but are up and down so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are on an awesome roll at the moment and know that they need to bank as many “probable” wins as they can with a tough stretch of games approaching later this month and in April.
The Cavs hang around at home as Irving does what he pleases, but the Grizzlies should be able to feast inside against the Cavs’ depleted front line. Expect Cleveland to give former Grizzlies’ big man Marreese Speights a lot of minutes tonight, as well as former Grizz Wayne Ellington.