WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (0-2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (2-1)
WHERE: BARCLAYS CENTER BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
WHEN: 6:30 Central
MEMPHIS: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Out, knee), Justise Winslow (Out, hip), Xavier Tillman Sr. (Out, Patella), Killian Tillie (out, hamstring), Jontay Porter (out, knee),De’Anthony Melton (NBA health and Safety Protocols)
BROOKLYN: Nicolas Claxton (Out, Knee), Jeff Green (Day-to-Day),Spencer Dinwiddie (Day-to-Day, Knee)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS:
MEMPHIS: Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jonas Valanciunas, Ja Morant , Grayson Allen
Brooklyn: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie (?), Kevin Durant (?), Deandre Jordan
Without a question, Ja Morant’s capacity on the court proceeds to astonish and fascinate Grizzlies and NBA fans alike. Yet, perhaps even more remarkable is his mindset both on and off the judiciary.
Morant’s post game statements on Saturday comprised drawing awareness to his lack of getting calls in the lane in an action to maximize his game, as well as telling his individual stats do not matter more than wins.
Yesterday, Dillon Brooks recalled that Morant memorized him the Grizzlies were 0-2 entering the third game of the season last year with a matchup against these same Brooklyn Nets on the perimeter.
Of course, that game would verify to be Morant’s announcement to the world that one of the NBA’s next true superstars had come, as well as Morant and Taylor Jenkins gaining their first ever win in Memphis.
In that game, Morant took over the fourth quarter, sending the Grizzlies back to tie the game, obstructing Kyrie Irving’s shot, and arranging Jae Crowder for the game earning three.
That night, Morant provided the first glimpse at his capacity to take over a game, something that we have glimpsed every time he has walked on the judiciary so far this season.
However, while that is certainly a favorable development, another trend appears to be relevant as well: the current Grizzlies enrollment is too incompatible to consistently win despite Morant playing at an All-Star level.
This is not implied to be a knock on Memphis, it is simply a reasonable statement. For this team to win, they must caption their courage consistently.
So far, that has not been the case. Two of their largest strengths last season were generating in the paint and a highly efficient bench unit.
This season, no one is generating in the paint besides Morant and Kyle Anderson, and both stock units for the Hawks and Spurs considerably exceeded the Grizzlies’ bench.
The initial battles from the trio of Jonas Valanciunas, Brandon Clarke, and Tyus Jones have really fiddled a huge part in the two casualties to open the season.
Unfortunately for Memphis, the level of competition actually gets harder tonight as they reach in Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets. Though the Nets earned the playoffs last year, they did so without two of the exclusive talents in the league in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
That actually appears to have been a blessing in veil in preparation for this year, as not only are Durant and Irving decent and back to their All-NBA levels of production, the Nets have formulated lot of integrity depth over the past year.
Talents such as Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen and others earn the Nets one of the deepest teams in the Eastern Conference. And its not just depth because Brooklyn simply plays 9 to 10 players a night: these are integrity talents that can be highly productive offensively.
Without a doubt, the Grizzlies seem to certainly be an underdog bossing into tonight’s game. However, a few interesting developments may considerably enhance the opportunity that the Grizzlies could earn a coup tomorrow night.
Who may or may not be accessible for Brooklyn could have a big effect on the consequence of this game. However, the Grizzlies are not in a position to concentrate on things outside of their supervision.
They must restrict mistakes, play smarter safety, and make sure to discover as many high proportion shots as possible.
If they can find achievement in these areas, Memphis has the capacity to earn a much need first win. However, if Grizzlies court were to attempt and they cannot establish substantial spans of beneficial play, it could be another disappointing evening for the Grizzlies.
But hey, its Memphis. Let’s have leisure wanting the immediate.
Final Score: Grizzlies 115, Nets 109