The Grizzlies, without Ja Morant, blew out the Sixers 126-91.
With the Grizzlies visiting Philadelphia on Monday, the Sixers were once again without Embiid, but they wanted to exact a little revenge. “We understood the last time we played them, Joel and Seth not playing, and they’re a hot team. They’re playing great basketball. They’ve been kicking butt all around. They’ve kinda embodied themselves with physicality, defense, being tough and we really wanted to see where we matched up with that.”
Coach Doc Rivers wanted to remind everybody what happened the last time these two teams matched up. “We won’t play every game with Joel. He was able to get his rest and get back to 100%, but we got a lot of hungry guys who work on their games and are ready to show and prove. It just shows our morale as a team. Even after the game, Joel jumping on the court with us, that’s just who we are as a group, our chemistry.”
Without Embiid, the Sixers turned to Andre Drummond, and the two-time All-Star had a big night to help the team.
“I think it just shows our chemistry as a team with or without Joel or with or without guys that are hurt or have games out because of reasons,” Drummond added.