Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has replaced O.J. Mayo in the starting lineup in favor of rookie guard Xavier Henry. Mayo, a third-year player, started all 82 games in each of his first two seasons in the league, but his recent shooting struggles prompted Hollins to make the switch.
Henry got his first start of the season on November 20th when the Grizzlies faced the Miami Heat. Mayo was not in the starting lineup that night due to being late to the team’s shoot-around that day. Henry played 26 minutes in the Grizzlies win but struggled from the floor, shooting just 1-0f-9.
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In his second action as the Grizzlies’ starting shooting guard, Henry only saw the court for 12 minutes, not allowing him enough time to really get into the flow of the game. He finished the game with two points and one rebound in a win against the Detroit Pistons.
In the two games Henry started, Mayo also struggled, having just two and nine points respectively. The switch hasn’t been too productive for Hollins and the Grizzlies thus far, so maybe a switch back is on the brink.