Already headed for the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies are just one victory from their next goal—a 50-win season.
They’ll look to post that historical win when they travel to the Target Center to face the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Grizzlies improved to 49-26 with Friday night’s 109-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and could reach the coveted 50-win mark if James Posey continues his strong play. Against the Suns, Posey led the Grizzlies with 32 points. He was coming off a 38-point performance in Memphis’ 136-133 double overtime victory over Atlanta on Monday.
Memphis coach Hubie Brown said Posey, who joined the Grizzlies as a free agent in the offseason, has found the fast-pace offense to his liking.
“His game has flourished here because he excels in this style,” Brown said. “He’s a real professional, knows his job. As you know, he guards the best two or three that the other team has. That’s a tough assignment every night and he never says a word.”
Posey and the Grizzlies will have their hands full with Kevin Garnett.
Garnett had 22 points in Minnesota’s 91-73 win over Washington on Friday night, leading the Timberwolves to their seventh win in the last nine games. The victory enabled Minnesota to tie Sacramento for second place in the Western Conference standings, just a 1/2 game behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Every game counts,” Garnett said. “Everybody’s fighting for 1-2-3. It’s exciting, but it’s also nerve-racking.”
Reserves Michael Olowokandi (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Darrick Martin (11 points) also made significant contributions for Minnesota, allowing Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell (season-low 22 minutes) some needed rest.
“That’s going to be key for us to go far in the playoffs,” said Wally Szczerbiak, who added 20 points off the bench.