Suns out of playoff contention but will be looking for 11th consecutive win over Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns won't be in the playoffs this season. They'll have to settle for trying to take advantage of a soft closing stretch as they look to finish up strong.

After having their four-year streak of postseason appearances snapped, the Suns begin playing out their schedule as they go for their 11th straight win over the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

Phoenix was eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday night when Dallas defeated Utah.

Beginning with the 1988-89 season, the Suns (43-35) had only missed the playoffs twice before falling short this season.

Phoenix had allowed opponents to average 118.5 points in the previous eight games.

Seven of Phoenix's previous nine games have come against postseason-bound teams.

The Suns' final four contests should be decidedly easier, as they face Memphis (22-56) twice along with Minnesota and Golden State.

Phoenix's win streak over the Grizzlies is at 10 after it took the first two meetings this season.

The Suns won the most recent matchup 101-89 at Memphis on Dec. 30 behind 24 points and 13 rebounds from Shaquille O'Neal.

The Grizzlies are looking to surpass their 22-win totals from each of the last two seasons.