Memphisis back home after a road game in Dallas to face the Jazz in a statement game for the young and hungry Grizzlies. Both teams will be playing the second game of a back to back series as Utah played in San Antonio Friday night as well. The problem is Memphis is coming off one of their worst shooting nights of the season.O J Mayo and Rudy Gay combined for 13-41 in the game. Now the Grizzlies face another solid defensive team. Can the young Grizz put the poor shooting behind them and put together another good show before the home crowd?
Utah is one of the deepest teams in the league. That’s a good thing since the Jazz will probably be without Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver for this game. In their place you will see a bunch of guys you probably have never heard of but are actually pretty good. The team can survive without their stars for a short time but they are getting pretty antsy to be back at full strength. Kirilenko and Brewer will probably be the focal points on offense and defense. The Jazz have hada habit of playing up or down to their competition, especially on the road, so the game could be closer than it should be.
Jed S. Kassing – True Blue Jazz
Point Guards: Mike Conley vs Deron Williams
Like about half of the Jazz roster, Deron Williams is questionable with an injury for this game. However with Boozer likely out I expect he will try and make a go of it. Williams when healthy is the ideal point guard. He’s big and strong but has a pass-first mentality with a sweet jumper if teams play off him expecting the pass. Conley has looked okay at home this season and possibly the home court is going to be where he builds his confidence. Assuming Williams plays this may not be the best game to judge Conley’s growth on however.