A little more than 24 hours before the Grizzlies ended a three-game losing streak Sunday, there was talk amongst them about a need for sacrifice and leadership.

That much-needed package came in the form of Zach Randolph and his reception to returning to the bench. It ended up being a faint subplot to the Grizzlies thumping of the Los Angeles Lakers. But Randolph's willingness to take a step back in the rotation in an attempt to help the Griz move forward was commended by those around him.

"He showed big-time leadership for our team," guard O.J. Mayo said. "It's not all about numbers or minutes or any one person. It's about the team winning. That's what he's all about and that's what he showed."