The Memphis Grizzlies have struggled since dealing Rudy Gay. Perhaps surprisingly, though, his absence has seemingly taken a bigger toll on defense.
The Grizzlies' defensive woes, however, pale in comparison to what the Golden State Warriors are experiencing.
Both will try to avoid three-game losing streaks Friday night when they meet in Memphis.
The Grizzlies (30-18) have lost four of six and are 1-3 after trading Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30. Gay was their leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, and while the Grizzlies' production has dipped some, the more noticeable change has been on defense.
Memphis allowed 89.5 ppg and 43.6 percent shooting with Gay on the roster, but is giving up 95.3 points on 49.3 percent shooting since his trade. It allowed Atlanta to shoot 51.4 percent in a 103-92 road loss on Wednesday.
"We weren't playing our game," Marc Gasol told the NBA's official website. "They ran at us every time, and they put a lot of pressure on the ball. It hurts even more to...