The Memphis Grizzlies will try to shake off a bad loss Monday night when they visit the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Grizz fell 91-83 at home Sunday night to the New Orleans Hornets. The bigger loss wasn't in the standings, but in the form of point guard Mike Conley going down with a sprained left ankle after 4:20 of game action.
Conley was seen in the locker room after the game in a walking boot. Head coach Lionel Hollins indicated Conley would be available for Monday night's game.
Hopefully, because Sunday night's was a disaster.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol both had double-doubles and Rudy Gay and Jerryd Bayless both scored in double figures.
New Orleans crushed the Grizzlies beyond the arc. The Hornets shot 45 percent from the field, highlighted by a 7-for-13 night from Ryan Anderson. Memphis shot 18.8 percent from the 3-point line.
"They played their game," Gasol said of the Hornets. "We tried to play our game but they played better. They executed better and played tougher than us and they got the win."
The Sixers ended a two-game losing streak with an emphatic Saturday night against the Atlantic-Division leading New York Knicks. The Sixers clobbered New York, 97-80, in a game that wasn't even as close as the final score indicated.
Jrue Holiday certainly didn't rest after being named to his first All-Star game. The point guard scored a career-high 35 points versus the Knicks and handed out six assists against only one turnover, a category he unfortunately leads the NBA.
Philly jumped out to a five-point first-quarter lead, then took a 12-point advantage into the locker room at the half. The Sixers jumped on New York in the third quarter and were 26 points ahead and cruised in the fourth.
"It's been a while since we came out and took care of business early," Holiday said. "We made them work."
Sixers coach Doug Collins left the game in the third quarter to be treated for a sinus infection and blocked nasal passage. He didn't run practice on Sunday, assistant Michael Curry did, and Collins' availability for Monday night is unknown.
The Sixers beat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Dec. 26 in the middle of a long road trip. This is the second of an eight-game homestand for the Sixers, who are 12-10 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Grizzlies have won two in a row in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia hasn't won two in a row since closing November with three straight victories.