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Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets preview

Jan 21, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) guards Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) guards Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
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The Grizzlies come to Houston as the Rockets look to build on their last victory.

We always hear the expression “statement game” in basketball, especially when talking about a probable playoff opponent. Making a statement is exactly what both the Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies are going to be attempting at Toyota Center on this March 4th 2017.

The western conference is a very tight race with the 4th seed to the 7th seed being separated by only 4 games. The Grizzlies are in the middle of that race, meaning at this point in the season every game means a lot. Especially since a loss can easily mean a significant drop in the standings.

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The Rockets seem to be pretty much locked as a 3rd seed in the west with not much likelihood of going up or down, being 5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the 2nd seed and five games ahead of the Utah Jazz from the 4th seed.

However, today’s game can mean a lot in the psyche of the players. If the season were to end today, these teams would be facing off in the playoffs. The Grizzlies hold a season series lead of 2-1 at this moment with a W in H-town already. The Rockets are in search to even the series at two wins a piece and send the always important message.

A victory today would respresent more than just a win. It would represent a toughness in their mentality, earn momentum, confidence, and bragging rights. In order to get the W the Rockets are going to need to do more than just running the offense. Shots will need to fall and they must stay active throughout the entire game. Yes, a lot rides on tonight’s match up.

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Tip off is at 8 PM CST and can be seen on RTSW.

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