Half-assed Preview: Grizzlies @ Hornets

The Hornets have a good chance at picking up a W tonight when the 6-20 Memphis Grizzlies roll into Oklahoma City. It's a battle of two of the worst teams in the West right now, so it won't be on TNT or anything.

Mike Miller gets a little over-excited

Here's the 411 on zee Grizz…

  • Pau Gasol is indeed back from that broken foot thing, but the good news for us is that he's not quite right yet. He's played the last four games for Memphis, averaging just 11.5 points and 2 rebounds, although he has been showing steady improvement with each game.
  • The Grizzlies are 1-3 since Pau returned, with that lone win coming at home against Seattle in double overtime. Read into that what you will.
  • With Gasol still finding his way, Memphis don't really have a go-to guy. Hakim Warrick, Chucky Atkins and Mike Miller are doing most of the scoring, averaging about 15ppg each.
  • The Grizzlies are just 2-13 on the road this season.
  • Their last game was on Wednesday in San Antonio, and they hung tough with the Spurs before losing 105-98. Mike Miller dropped 22 in that one, while Pau added 16.
  • The Grizzlies cheerleaders are not ugly, but they're probably the least hot we've seen so far. It must really suck to be a Grizzlies fan right now.
  • Rudy Gay, the eighth pick in the draft last June, has been playing basketball, because that's his job. He's averaging 9.4 points and 4 boards off the bench for Memphis, but seems to be struggling with consistency.

    There's also the Memphis Gay Basketball League, which may or may not have anything to do with Rudy. They play gaymes, not games. Their words, not mine.

  • Mike Miller may actually be very welcome in that league.
  • Another Grizzly rookie, 6-9 Alexander Johnson has been impressive lately, starting the last three games at power forward and averaging 10 points and 6 boards in his last five. More on him here.

As for the Hornets, it's the same shit, different game. The injured guys are still injured, and according to Charley Rosen, what's left is "Chris Paul and a bunch of scrubs". Merry fucking Christmas to you too, Charley.

It's looking like Bojangles will be out for at least another week, or to be more accurate, his remaining recovery time is expected to be between one week and six years.

Tip tonight is at 7 in the pm. Linkage below. In case you missed it, the latest edition of Know your Hornets was posted earlier today. Out.

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