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evanhenrique
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Magic-Grizzlies Preview

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO

Posted Apr 26 2012 1:13AM

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to enter the playoffs with a great deal of momentum, and locking up home-court advantage for the opening round may just keep that going.

Also headed to the postseason are the Orlando Magic, but they're limping to the finish line.

The Grizzlies attempt to tie the longest home winning streak in franchise history as they face the injury-riddles Magic in the regular-season finale at FedExForum on Thursday night.

Memphis (40-25) is one of the hottest teams in the NBA heading into the playoffs, winning 13 of 16 while holding opponents to 91.2 points per game.

The Grizzlies have also been dominant at home, winning 10 in a row there after beating Cleveland 109-101 on Monday to move within one game of their longest winning streak there set from Dec. 18, 2009-Jan. 25, 2010. Equaling that run would give Memphis home-court in the opening round of the playoffs, where they'll face the Los Angeles Clippers, who completed their regular season with Wednesday's 99-93 defeat at New York. A Grizzlies loss would mean starting in Los Angeles since the Clippers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Grizzlies are among the best home teams in the NBA with a 25-7 record.

Things are even clearer for the Magic (37-28), who will finish sixth in the East and face No. 3 Indiana in the first round.

A 5-10 stretch, though, isn't inspiring much confidence heading into the postseason for Orlando as injuries continue to mount.

The team beat league-worst Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday, but suffered another blow as forward Glen Davis sprained his right ankle. He is the latest injury to strike the Magic's roster and drain an already shallow pool of Magic big men following Dwight Howard's season-ending back surgery last week.

Forward Hedo Turkoglu has missed 10 games with a facial fracture and while X-rays taken on Davis' ankle were negative, he's considered day-to-day.

"There was definitely some worry (about Davis)," guard J.J. Redick said. "You immediately think to yourself 'How are we going to go forward if he's out for an extended period of time?' But it sounds like he'll be back this weekend. Hopefully he'll have a great recovery."

Due to the injuries, Redick may play a key role again after scoring a career-high 31 points while connecting on 6 of 10 3-pointers against the Bobcats. He is averaging 16.0 points while hitting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc over the last 10 games - all starts.

The Grizzlies have won eight of their last nine at home against the Magic, including three in a row after a 100-97 victory on Jan. 31, 2011.

Marc Gasol has scored 19 points with eight rebounds in each of the last two home matchups, during which he has made 14 of 19 from the field. The center may play a key role again due to the Magic being thin under the basket.

Tony Allen is looking to build on an impressive performance from Monday, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds while setting a team record with eight steals.

"That's crazy," forward Marreese Speights said of Allen's milestone accomplishment. "But that's what he does. He plays defense. He's probably one of the best defenders in the league."

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The Magic have nothing to play for except pride. We'll know if they've come to play by the end of the first quarter, first half at most.

Clipperfn4lf
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Tweeted Q-rich to help out clipnation one more time!! come plezzzz

ClipsGForce
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I think Orlando should go for it. They are going to unfamililar water without Dwight and with little time to practice, they might as well use this game as a practice and try to dominate the Grizzlies. That what I would do if I was Stan Van Gundy.

LotsoHope
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Considering how many of Orlando's starters are sitting out, I think this thread is just setting itself up for disappointment... Better hope Redick and QRich drop 100!

lacsmoove
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Orlando is locked into the 6th slot. They are not looking to win this game. I'm pretty sure we'll be starting the playoffs in 5th place and heading to Memphis.

hoopfanjd31
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Yeah, I have a feeling the Grizz are going to have this one locked up by mid-way through the 2nd quarter. Only way that doesn't happen is if the Magic come out ridiculously hot from 3 or the Grizz come out ridiculously tight.

Mistwell
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The only thing I can think of that would make Orlando want to win this game is the coach will want his existing uninjured players to learn to play with each other better going into the playoffs. Having just lost Howard, and a couple other players, the remainder are not used to playing with each other as the primary team. So, the coach may want to push them to try and win to figure out a new system going into the playoffs.

ekker3
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magic starting lineup:

duhon, wafer, clark, orton, turkoglu.

lol

im not even gonna watch this one. we're opening in memphis, case closed, and im alright with that.

MuteHaitian
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I could only get home game 4 tickets on ticketmaster. If we're heading to Memphis, will I automatically get a refund since there will be no home game 4?

SamMays
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The team that has something to play for always beats the team that doesn't

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Ron Jeremy might wanna hook us up in the hope of getting a job here next year. Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_37

Kidding... on both counts.

hoopfanjd31
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I'm not sure that Magic line-up could even beat the Bobcats, let alone a good team trying to lock up home court advantage.

hoopfanjd31
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We had more to play for than either the Knicks and Hawks did and it didn't help us too much.

kjavis
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this, we shouldn't be relying on other teams to do our dirty work, if we wanted homecourt that much we should have locked it up ourselves

people who plan to watch this game rooting for orlando are just kidding themselves

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Orlando_Magic: Wearing a mask, Hedo Turkoglu will return to the starting lineup tonight for the Magic against the Grizzlies. #WeAreMagic

Turtle
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yes, you will get a refund for the 1st round playoff home game #4

bullterrierclipsfan1349
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is ryan anderson playing. the only hope they have is if turkoglu, anderson and reddick combine for 15 threes. if not, it will be a blowout win for the grizzlies. we blew our chance to clinch homecourt. the clips have themselves to blame. but it is what it is. we can still beat memphis, even if we start in memphis.

MuteHaitian
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Lol 25-8...

realbull17
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ORL is getting killed already. Sad

clipperstown
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lol never count on Orlando....

ClipsGForce
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There we have it, we lose homecourt and we're getting a rested Memphis team who didn't even break a sweat. Watching that team is scary. Worse matchup for Clips.

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looks like this game ended before it started. lol

I logged back on to see the score and I get this? At least compete and make look good.

ClipsGForce
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Well we deserve lose homecourt when we lost to the Knicks and ATL. That unfortunate.

clippermitch
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It's all good. Let Memphis get all big headed and we'll steal game 1!

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Can the Clips play a 5th game in next week series? 50%-50%?

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Even if the Clipps got homecourt i fully expected them to take them one at Memphis.. Nothing has changed Clippers in 6...

Clippersfan86
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Lol guys relax. Orlando is running it's 3rd stringers vs Grizzlies starters. Nothing to worry about.

Clippersfan86
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This is why Grizzlies dont scare me. They are prone to huge scoring lulls.

ClipperSam
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Clippers controlled there own destiny and screwed it up I am pissed.

BenjaSands
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Chris Paul is great enough to help us steal one and get homecourt back. Lets see what happens. The biggest X Factor will be OJ Mayo. He sucks, so if we let him go off and score anything above his average we are in serious trouble.

That and Dj has to play some Good D on Marc

Voyeur
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Yeah, maybe I'm naive (probably) but I'm not too worried about the Grizzlies. I'd have loved home court, but nothing really comes easy for the Clippers so it's par for the course. Sure, it'll be a challenge, but I feel confident we can beat these guys.

clippermitch
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Those f-ers were screaming beat LA at the end of the game.

They are going down hard!!!

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exactly all we had to do is win one game. The grizz won it fairly..congrats grizzlies at least the playoffs mean something to someone

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