Grizzlies reserve guard O.J. Mayo can now hit play again on his season. After pausing for 10 games due to his suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, Mayo is set to return to action Tuesday when the Griz host the Philadelphia 76ers. Mayo hasn't played since Jan. 24. The suspension ended Sunday following the Grizzlies' 116-108 win over the Denver Nuggets. Although Mayo was allowed to practice and travel with the team over the past 21/2 weeks, Coach Lionel Hollins said Mayo's return will present a major challenge for the third-year player. "The team is not static. It's fluid. It's changing constantly," Hollins said. "He'll be trying to find out where the team is and trying to catch up to that rhythm. It's going to be difficult. The team has moved in a positive direction." Memphis went 8-2 during Mayo's suspension. The team is 9-2 without Mayo overall this season. The bench also developed a different identity in Mayo's absence. The reserves have gone from deferring to Mayo for scoring to following veteran guard Tony Allen's lead with gritty, defensive-minded play. The Grizzlies have also enjoyed more ball movement and an effective zone defense from their second unit.
Mayo must fit into Grizzlies' game
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 14