Memphis has dropped three straight, struggling to play without center
The Lakers lost on Monday night to the
Memphis point guard
Down the stretch, Randolph made key baskets in the 89-86 Memphis win, finishing with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
Certainly without Marc Gasol, who neared a triple-double against the Lakers with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, the Lakers can give more attention to Randolph defensively.
Pau Gasol needs to have a big game for the Lakers, not just in the first quarter like he did against the Hawks on Monday.
Even at full strength the Grizzlies do not score a lot of points. If Conley doesn't play, Memphis should struggle to hit 90 points.
The Lakers can win with some offense and
On the season, Young is the team's leading scorer at 14.8 points a game.
Memphis will need a big night from reserve
On one hand the Lakers are catching the Grizzlies at exactly the right time, given Memphis' injuries.
On the other, this will be the fourth road game in five nights for the Lakers.
Bryant still isn't himself yet after the Achilles' tendon injury. Pau Gasol is still battling through ankle problems.
The Lakers still have no healthy point guards on the roster.
They should be able to beat the Grizzlies, but they're going to need to find some energy when the tank is near zero.