Darrell Arthur sat on the bench unavailable and trying to get comfortable with a sore neck and back.
Zach Randolph, nursing a left ankle sprain, was nowhere in sight.
And it appeared the home team missed a lot more than their starting power forward and his understudy most of Wednesday night.
However, the Grizzlies finally located their dogged defense, and a late scoring run allowed them to catch and pass the Portland Trail Blazers for a 91-85 victory before 16,214 in FedExForum.
The Griz, winners in 10 of their last 11 games, overcame a 17-point, second-half deficit to capture a sixth consecutive win at home. This was the second straight home game in which the Griz had to dig out of a major hole.
Dallas led by 25 points Feb. 27 before being mesmerized and defeated by a little Memphis magic.
“We don’t like being down 17 or 25, but in those situations we find out who we are,” Griz point guard Mike Conley said. “It’s good for us to sometimes win in different ways.”
Depleted Grizzlies find their defense just in time to beat Trail Blazers, 91-85
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Mar 7