Memphis at Charlotte

Grizzlies lose Conley, win preseason finale against Bobcats wire reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allen Iverson isn't ready and the Memphis Grizzlies have run out of practice games with many questions still unanswered.

The Charlotte Bobcats have just as many concerns.

Long after Iverson left the court following a brief early morning workout Friday, the Grizzlies reserves held off the Bobcats 95-92 to close the exhibition schedule for both teams. Zach Randolph looked good early with 16 points and eight rebounds, Sam Young added 13 points and DeMarre Carroll hit the tiebreaking layup with 13 seconds left.

The Grizzlies (3-5) lost point guard Mike Conley when he re-injured his troublesome right ankle in the first quarter in the game, which began at 10:30 a.m. and was played in front of more than 16,000 high-spirited middle school students.

"I'm just glad nobody else got hurt and we got through training camp unscathed," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.

Iverson avoided the noise by staying in the locker room during the game. Iverson did work out before tipoff but said it's a "long shot" he'll be cleared for the Grizzlies' season opener Wednesday against Detroit.

Even so, Iverson was upbeat, saying he has "not one bit of pain" in his partially torn left hamstring and is confident he'll quickly learn the offense and his teammates' tendencies after missing all eight exhibition games.

"I feel 100 percent, but they've been telling me with this injury that's the way it is," Iverson said. "You feel well and then you go out there and try to take it to fifth gear and it can tear again. That's my whole dilemma right now."

  Iverson 'long shot' to play in opener

The Bobcats (2-6), who have their own injury concerns, got 15 points from Raymond Felton and 14 from Boris Diaw. But Diaw, Charlotte's power forward, had just one rebound and Charlotte was beaten on the boards 48-37.

"Our 4 man doesn't rebound the ball at all tonight," coach Larry Brown said. "That's been an issue."

Conley lasted only 7 minutes, leaving Marcus Williams to get the bulk of time at point guard. Williams had two driving layups as Memphis built an 82-75 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Charlotte rallied to tie on Vladimir Radmanovic's 3-pointer with 36 seconds left.

Carroll's layup put Memphis back ahead, and Radmanovic didn't hit iron on a 3-point attempt at the other end.

Randolph, who was 2 for 12 from the field in Wednesday's loss to Miami, dominated inside early as Memphis built a 52-42 halftime lead.

Charlotte's Tyson Chandler looked better in his second game back from offseason ankle surgery, but still appeared far from being in game shape. He had eight points and six rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting, but struggled defensively and was often trailing the play.

"Health-wise I'm OK, but still the timing, getting my legs under me and getting back in rhythm, that's the difficult part," Chandler said. "But I'm going to be fine."

The Bobcats played their second straight game without shooting guard Raja Bell, who said before tipoff he would get the results later Friday of a second opinion on the partially torn ligament in his left wrist. Bell expects to decide soon whether to play through the injury or have surgery, which would sideline him up to four months.

Bell's absence would mean more playing time for rookie Gerald Henderson, who showed off his athleticism in scoring 10 points off the bench. He also had a spectacular leaping block of Young.

"I hate to even say it, but his movements remind me a lot of Kobe [Bryant]," Chandler said.

"I've got a long way to go to be Kobe," Henderson replied.

The Bobcats, though, did little in the preseason to shore up concerns in the frontcourt. The Grizzlies never got Iverson in the mix. Now the two teams with zero combined playoff victories have run out of time. The regular season starts Wednesday.

"Hopefully he's back sooner than what they say," Conley said of Iverson. "Hopefully he's ready to go and we'll be ready to go once he gets there."

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Memphis (3-5) «2329182595
Charlotte (2-6) 2319212992
MEM: Pts
MEM: Reb
MEM: Ast
CHA: Pts
CHA: Reb
CHA: Ast
Other Games
SA 112 Final
Ind 114
Wash 70 Final
Chi 93
Tor 90 Final
Min 98
Phi 88 Final
NJ 110
Atl 86 Final
Orl 123
Dal 98 Final
Hou 94
Det 95 Final
Mil 93
Utah 95 Final
Sac 85
NO 88 Final
LAC 91
Den 119 Final
LAL 105