Mayo's Grizzlies Vs Gordon's Clippers

Michael KarapetianContributor IIFebruary 5, 2009

The Memphis Grizzlies look to increase their confidence and win consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 12th as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the FedEx Forum Friday.

Last time the Grizzlies won consecutive home games was during a stretch from Dec. 5-14 where they ran off four in a row, including a 93-81 victory over the Clippers. Currently, the Clippers have dropped 11 consecutive on the road.

Memphis' coach, Lionel Hollins, took the team over on Jan. 22 after Marc Iavaroni was let go, and the Grizzlies have responded well. Despite losing the first three with Hollins at the helms, Grizzlies have won two in a row and are enthusiastic with Hollins' wide open offensive schemes.

“Guys are really starting to get comfortable in our new offense, and the way that we’re running things,” said Mike Conley. “It shows when guys are making extra passes and getting guys open.”

Rookie Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo has been a key reason to the Grizzlies recent success. Mayo is coming off consecutive games of dropping over 30 points while shooting a phenomenal 58.9 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from behind the three-point line.

“We’re confident,” said Mayo. “We’re doing a great job in practice, working hard and focusing on getting better. It’s baby steps. Put together two straight wins, and hopefully, we can keep it rolling.”

The Clippers have their own young gun, one Eric Gordon, to counter against Mayo. Gordon is the reigning Western Conference Rookie of the Month, but is struggling so far in the month of February.

Gordon, through two games, is averaging 13 points and is shooting 35 percent from the field, 20 percent from three-point range, but has gotten to the line 10 times and is yet to miss.