Wright strained his right knee in the first quarter of the Grizzlies’ 97-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-11 center, who appeared to be injured in a collision with Darius Miles, is averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Wright is expected to miss at least the next two games.
Memphis, which won at Los Angeles 108-107 in overtime on Jan. 11, is 5-11 all-time on the road against the Clippers.
The Grizzlies have won their last three and eight of 10 overall.
Los Angeles has lost three straight, including a 101-94 defeat by the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Elton Brand scored 24 points for the Clippers, who faced the top team in the Eastern Conference one night after playing the team with the best record in the Western Conference—and came close to beating both. Los Angeles lost 113-106 to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
“We’ve been playing hard against tough teams,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. I’ve been pleased with our (defense). We just haven’t been finishing the game out.”
The Clippers have dropped five of their last six games.
STANDINGS (through March 4): Grizzlies - 4th place, 7 GB, Midwest Division. Clippers - 6th place, 20 GB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Grizzlies - Gasol, 17.7 ppg and 7.8 rpg; Williams, 7 apg. Clippers - Brand, 20.7 ppg and 11.1 rpg; Jaric, 4.8 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Grizzlies, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 11; Grizzlies, 110-102. At Memphis, Tenn., Gasol had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Grizzlies. Brand had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the short-handed Clippers
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Grizzlies - 14-16 on the road; Clippers - 17-13 at home.