Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for


Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Warriors Pregame Live begins at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with the tipoff at 7:30 p.m., followed by Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies seem to be heading inopposite directions. Golden State has lost two in a row and four of their pastsix. Meanwhile, Memphis has won six in a row, all without the injured ZachRandolph.

For the Warriors, this is Game No. 2 of a six-gamehomestand, and they are in the midst of a stretch having 10 home games in theirnext 12. In other words, if the Warriors are going to make something happen,now would seem to be the time for that happen.Here are some things to watch for:Interior defense: Since Kwame Brown wentdown with a torn right chest muscle, the Warriors interior defense has beeninconsistent. On some nights they struggle to defend bigger frontlines and onothers they get outrebounded. Even without Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies have alot of size up front with Marc Gasol, Marreese Speights and DanteCunningham.The Warriors need to find a way to neutralize Memphis upfront.Gay-Wright matchup: There are signs thatDorell Wright is beginning to come out of his early season funk. Hes beginningto make more 3-pointers, but the next step is on the defensive end, whereWright needs to make more of an impact.RELATED: Dorell Wright game logs
The key for Wright is to keep Gay on the perimeter and tryto prevent him from getting easy buckets. If Gay has a game in which hes avolume shooter say 20 or more shots at under 50 percent that will bode wellfor Golden State.Ellis efficiency: Monta Ellis is shooting41.6 percent from the field, well below his career 46.7 career field goalshooting percentage. Against the Grizzlies, Ellis will likely find himselfopposite one of the leagues best perimeter defenders in Tony Allen. And thatsalways a challenge.Currys ankle: Stephen Curry returned tothe lineup on Friday after missing eight consecutive games with a sprainedright ankle. He seemed to gain more confidence in the ankle as that game wentalong.After a couple of off days, lets see if Curry can build onhis Friday return and regain his explosiveness and shooting touch.

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have swung their first deal of the Magic Johnson Era, agreeing to send Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick.

Brewer's agent Wallace Prather confirmed the terms of the trade, which were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports. Neither team immediately revealed the trade publicly.

"Thanx for the love L.A., I've enjoyed my stay," Williams wrote on Twitter.

Williams led the Lakers in scoring at 18.6 points per game, playing off the bench. Brewer was averaging 4.2 points for Houston.

The trade came hours after the Lakers announced the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations - part of a massive front office shake-up.

And while the draft pick will help the Lakers' future, the Rockets just got deeper.

Williams has scored more points off the bench than anyone else in the NBA this season - and Eric Gordon, the newly crowned 3-point shootout champion at All-Star weekend - is No. 2 on that list.

Reserves have three games of 35 points or more in the NBA this season, all by Williams, all in a dazzling seven-day span in early December. He had 40 points against Memphis, 38 against Utah and 35 against Phoenix.

Williams has also been to the playoffs six times with three different teams, seeing action in 41 postseason contests. He's under contract for $7 million next season.

Brewer is also under contract for next season, at about $7.6 million.

"Thanks to everyone in the Houston Rockets organization for my time here," Brewer wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "A special thanks to all the great fans of the Rockets for making this city a special place to live and play."

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.