The Memphis Grizzlies are on a six-game winning streak with a chance to stretch it to seven when they tip-off in California against the Golden State Warriors. The key to the Grizzlies' streak continuation could be coming off the bench, however, as young O.J. Mayo has had himself a bit of a career resurgence as of late.
The former first round pick was known as a pure scorer coming into the league, but his three-point shot has never been as successful as it's been this season (he's currently hitting 48 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc). The Memphis Commercial-Appeal was able to wrangle up some quotes from those around Mayo that seem to intimate it was all about the guard finding his role.
"He has to be a free-flowing, shoot-it-as-he-feels-it type of guy to have success consistently," Hollins said. "I try to give him as much freedom within what we're doing as long as it's not hurting the team. He's responded by making shots."
"He obviously knows his role," teammate Tony Allen said. "When he comes in he has to be 'The Microwave.' He has to come in and give us energy offensively."
Mayo doesn't mind his new opportunity, either:
"If I can't do anything, I'm going to shoot it when I'm open," Mayo said. "The guys are doing a good job of finding me," Mayo said. "I'm happy in Memphis. Don't get it twisted. I love the foundation we've built. This is my comfort. I'm good."
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