By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. They faced the surging Memphis Grizzlies who were looking for a statement victory. Philly tried their best but they were mauled by Memphis 126-91.
The Sixers did not have it early on in the game. They could not hit shots and they made a lot of mistakes which led to turnovers. That would propel the Grizzlies offensive attack. They took full advantage of every missed opportunity the Sixers had. Philly weathered the early storm but other than Tyrese Maxey. No one showed up on the Philly side. He scored 23-points and hit two three-pointers. He was the lone bright spot in a forgettable game for Philly. They just did not have it tonight on either side of the ball.
The Grizzlies took full advantage of the open paint in the absence of Joel Embiid. They attacked the paint early and often. Philly did not have a response to what the Grizzlies were doing. They were outhustled throughout this game. They were led by Dillon Brooks (23-points) and Jaren Jackson Jr (22-points) who combined for 45-points. They took full advantage of their opportunities. Both attacked the paint and got the undersized Philly defenders in early foul trouble. When the Sixers were able to stop them, they found some way to get their teammates involved.
Philly will now have a day to prepare for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. They may get Seth Curry and Joel Embiid back for that game. They will also need to show a better effort on the defensive end if they want to stifle the offensive attack of the Heat. Additionally somebody not named Curry, Embiid and Maxey will need to find their scoring touch if Philly wants their 16th victory of the season.