Friday, February 8, 2008

Grizzlies playing without pressure

Less than two weeks ago, the Mavs routed the Grizzlies in Memphis. That was the Grizzlies with Pau Gasol.

You would think tonight would be a romp against a last-place without its best player. Some would argue Rudy Gay is their best. He’s nice, but not nearly as accomplished as Gasol.

Anyway, Avery Johnson isn’t taking anything for granted. The last-place Bucks held a fourth-quarter lead just two nights ago at American Airlines Center.

“We’re not that good, simple as that,” he said. “We haven’t arrived where we’re that good where we can look past anybody. This season has been a season where everybody is kind of bunched up in the West, Memphis is a very capable team and we weren’t that great defensively against Milwaukee.”

What makes the Grizzle dangerous?

“There’s no real pressure on them, so we have to come out and play serious basketball,” Johnson added. “Whenever you step out on the court without Devin Harris, somebody has to make up for his production.”

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