The Memphis Grizzlies can't use the short-handed excuse on Friday night.
The Grizzlies (12-9) are still without Danny Green, Desmond Bane and Ziaire Williams, but Friday's opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers, are missing James Harden and Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey and Harden the second- and third-leading scorers on the Sixers behind Joel Embiid. The all-star center has struggled against the Grizzlies more than any other NBA team.
By a lot.
Embiid, who is averaging 31.1 points per game this season and 26.2 in his 6-plus season career, has never scored more than 15 points against Memphis in six games. His 13.3 points per game averaged is eight points lower than his next lowest against an NBA team. This will Embiid's first game in Memphis since 2018.
Most of Embiid's struggles came against Marc Gasol and Jonas Valanciunas, so it will be intriguing to see if Steven Adams can do the same. Adams held Valanciunas to season-low scoring totals in two games against the New Orleans Pelicans, and he also held Rudy Gobert to one rebound against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Sixers have the No. 1-rated defense in the NBA. They rank third in steals in large part because of former Grizzlies guard De'Anthony Melton.
Melton was traded for Danny Green and a 2022 first-round pick that turned into David Roddy. Melton has started 13 of his 20 appearances with the Sixers.
Rookie Grizzlies forward Jake LaRavia missed Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, and he's listed as doubtful against the Sixers.
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Memphis Grizzlies score vs. Philadelphia 76ers: live updates
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