Exactly four weeks ago, the Lakers (13-4) welcomed the Grizzlies (7-10) to STAPLES Center in a somewhat crude manner, thoroughly dominating what was eventually a 124-105 win by taking a 34-23 lead after one quarter, reaching 73 points at halftime and holding a 97-76 lead after three quarters that enabled the starters to use the fourth quarter to ice up.
They certainly don’t expect things to be so easy in Memphis on Tuesday night, as a Grizz team looking for revenge comes in having won three consecutive games at home. We compared some of the respective team’s numbers up to this point of the season to take a closer look:
Point/game: LAL rank 1st and MEM 13th
FG pct. LAL 9th and MEM 10th
FT pct. LAL 2nd and MEM 25th
3-pt FG pct. LAL 2nd, MEM 23rd
Off. Reb./gm LAL 5th, MEM 11th
Def. Reb./gm LAL 3rd, MEM 23rd
Reb./gm: LAL 3rd, MEM 17th
Asst./gm: LAL 4th, MEM 21st(t)
Stls./gm: MEM 2nd, LAL 9th
TO’s./gm: LAL 6th, MEM 25th
Blks./gm: LAL 13th(t), MEM 20th(t)
A few other notes heading into the contest:
- The Lakers have won eight of the last 10 games between the two teams and lead the all-time series 43-14.
- The Lakers have won five of six games at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
- Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West’s all-time Lakers scoring record last season in Memphis during a 44-point outburst, but L.A. lost when Ron Artest missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
- Pau Gasol remains the Grizzlies all-time leader in points (8,966), rebounds (4,096) and blocks (877).
- Since the Lakers acquired Gasol from the Grizzlies on Feb. 1, 2008, they have lost three consecutive games only once, at Miami, Charlotte and Orlando last March. In related news, of Phil Jackson’s 11 championship teams, only three have lost three consecutive games during the regular season.
- Rudy Gay is off to a terrific start to the season for the Grizz after re-signing with the team, averaging career highs in points (21.5), rebounds (6.9), assists (2.9) and minutes (40.5, first in the NBA).
- O.J. Mayo has recently moved the the bench, with lottery pick Xavier Henry now starting as coach Lionel Hollins looks for more scoring punch off the pine.