Tennessee: The good news for Tennessee is that it’s made it through the toughest portion of its schedule now that it’s finished this run of four straight games against ranked teams. Only one of Tennessee’s next seven games is against a team currently in the Top 25 — a Feb. 1 home date with Texas A&M.
“The thing that worries me is that the Browns essentially tanked the season last year and no one said — except a few of us — said anything about it. And it may well be that this is something that can spread around the league, and I don’t think that’s good for the sport in the long run. Because in the end it robs the customers of the chance to see a competitive team,” he told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Tuesday (quotes via Pro Football Talk).
“They lost their place kicker to injury,” Polian said specifically of the 2016 Browns. “Robbie Gould was out there. They signed a player with no track record at all.”
“He was just playing the game, taking what the defense gave him,” Evans said, adding: “That’s the first time seeing him play like that. He helped a lot.”
Sixers: Have reached 100 points in 34 of 43 games and 10 of last 11. … Have lost 10 straight in the series. … Saric has reached double figures in 24 straight games. … Luwawu-Cabarott started his third game of the season. … Ben Simmons, the Sixers third-leading scorer at 16.6 points a game, was limited to six points on 3 of 8 from the field.
Grizzlies: G Wayne Selden received two technicals — the second in the third quarter. … Has a five-game home winning streak. … Memphis shot 42 percent in the game, compared to 45 percent for Philadelphia — only the third time this season Memphis has won when shooting a lower field goal percentage. … The 15-point deficit was the largest the Grizzlies have overcome in a win this season.