Grizzlies Preview: Game 52 - Grizzlies vs. Nets

The 38-13 Grizzlies take on former coach Lionel Hollins in his first game back to the Grindhouse since his contract wasn't renewed in 2013. The Nets check in at 21-30, but since they're in the East, they're second in their division.

Starting lineups


C - Marc Gasol - 18.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG - Key stat - Teams assist rate goes up nearly a full percentage point with Gasol on the court.

PF - Zach Randolph - 16.8 PPG, 12.1 RPG - Key stat - ZBO is worth a team-leading +12 points per/100 possessions with his on/off court numbers.

SF - Jeff Green - 12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG - Key stat - Green adds athleticism the Grizzlies haven't seen since Rudy Gay, oh and he made a game-winner against Phoenix on the road.

SG - Courtney Lee - 10.9 PPG, 46.0% from 3 - Key stat - Lee is 2nd in the NBA in 3 point percentage, behind only superhuman Kyle Korver.

PG - Mike Conley - 17.4 PPG, 5.4 APG - Key stat - All-Star snub had an efficient 21 points on 12 shots vs. top team Atlanta Sunday.


C - Mason Plumlee - 10.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG - Key stat - Played on the 2014 FIBA World Cup USA squad. Took job from Brook Lopez.

PF - Kevin Garnett - 6.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG - Key stat - Garnett joins Vince Carter as two of the top 5 oldest NBA players.

SF - Joe Johnson - 15.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG - Powerful three-man has a deadly post up game for a small forward.

SG - Alan Anderson - 6.4 PPG, 32.6% - Key stat - The Nets still have absolutely no idea who they want to start at SG. Anderson is the newest experiment.

PG - Jarrett Jack - 12.6 PPG, 5.1 APG - Key stat - Since taking over starting job for Deron Williams, Jack has been the Nets' best player.

Key storylines

The Nets have two starter quality players coming off the bench in Brook Lopez, a serious trade chip and Deron Williams. Lopez is an All-Star as recently as 2013 but has dealt with injuries. Same with Deron Williams, a three-time All-Star (2010-12).

Lionel Hollins returns to Memphis for the first time as an opposing coach. The Grizzlies are 1-0 against the Nets, but the win came at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Courtney Lee is still second in the league in three-point shooting percentage, but has been taking less shots with Jeff Green in the lineup.

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