Grizzlies struggling without Gasol's presence

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Life without Marc Gasol has been difficult for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Now a franchise that was one step from the NBA Finals last season is fighting to stay out of the Western Conference basement, with a 12-15 record and a seemingly endless list of injuries.

That's one reason the team's current two-game winning streak - including Monday's 104-94 victory over Utah Jazz - is a welcome burst of good news. It's the first time the Grizzlies have won two straight in more than a month.

Memphis has a 5-10 record since the 7-foot-1 Gasol limped off the court against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 22 with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Gasol is the NBA's reigning defensive player of the year.

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