--F Shane Battier, playing his first game in a Memphis uniform since May 1, 2006, was floored by the standing ovation in received when introduced in pregame and when he checked into the game for the first time with 5:53 left in the first quarter. The entire arena let out collective sighs when he missed his first two shots, both 3-point attempts, but cheered wildly when he finally scored on baseline drive with 10:33 left in the game.
"It was awesome," Battier said of his homecoming reception. "When I checked in (for the first time), my initial reaction was, 'Soak it in, no one gets this kind of ovation.' Then about two seconds after I went in, I realized I had no idea what I was doing out there."
It didn't matter. He knew enough.
"I wanted to get Shane in the game early," coach Lionel Hollins said. "I knew the crowd would get into it, because people really respect what he does."
--Almost going unnoticed, but not by Hollins, was veteran backup PG Jason Williams' contribution of six points and five assists in 15:49 of action.
The Grizzlies signed Williams, a former starting point guard on two of the three Memphis playoff teams from 2004-06, on Feb. 7.
"I want to commend J-Will for the way he played with the second group," Hollins said. "He did a nice job of controlling things."
--F Rodney Carney, a former University of Memphis star whom the Grizzlies signed to a 10-day contract last Monday, finally saw some game action. He scored two points.
--F Rudy Gay (dislocated left shoulder) could be back by mid-March.
--Point guard Mike Conley
--Shooting guard Sam Young
--Small forward Tony Allen
--Power forward Zach Randolph
--Center Marc Gasol
--Guard O.J. Mayo
--Forward Darrell Arthur
--Guard Jason Williams
--Center Hamed Haddadi
--Forward Shane Battier
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