In their Game 3 blowout rate to the Golden State Warriors, Memphis lost to Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant, who was later determined to have a bone injury in his knee.
Ja Morant left the game after a clear leg injury pic.twitter.com/qGnMxtgAgZ
– NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 8, 2022
This seemed to be a death knell for Memphis, as the face of the Morant franchise.
The team fought to the bitter end of Game 4, blowing a huge lead before losing 101-98, and trailing 3-1 in the series, which was hardly expected for the Grizzlies.
But on Wednesday, they made an explosive statement to the Warriors and the rest of the NBA to keep the series alive at 134-95.
Memphis could still lose the series, as Game 6 returns to San Francisco, but this proves that it is a team and not a one-man-band.
Grizzlies are developing their ‘others’ all season
Coming to the 2021-22 campaign, it looks like Grizzlies will only go as far as Morant takes them.
He had an exciting year, averaging 27.4 points and 6.7 assists per game, which earned him the Most Advanced Player award.
But throughout the season, Memphis gradually proves that his fate was not only involved in Morant’s exploitation.
When he missed 12 games at the start of the season, the team won 10 of them, which caught the attention of people around the NBA.
Since then, Morant has had to sit out nine games in a row towards the end of the regular season, with the Grizzlies only now looking to go on a seven-game winning streak, including a few wins from elite teams like the Milwaukee Box and Phoenix. The sun
No one made the All-Star team at Grizzlies except Morant, but early in the playoffs, everyone understood that young players like Desmond Ben, Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr. should be respected as good NBA players.
Memphis has finally won 56 games, the second-highest in the league and a big improvement over their 38-34 record last year.
Memphis is doing this on both ends of the floor
Much of the attention the Grizzlies have attracted this season has been centered around their exciting, fast-paced offense, but they have also become a very good defensive line.
They finished fourth on the defensive rating, and they continued their defensive excellence in the post-season.
This allowed them to overcome multiple double-digit deficits against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round and now it is keeping them alive against the Warriors.
In Game 4, Memphis wingspan and frontcourt players confuse Golden State and work extra hard to get decent shots.
The Grizzlies did much the same thing in Game 5 on Wednesday and their length also helped their Warriors out-rebound 55-37.
But Memphis was also offensively impressive, with seven players rising to double figures and three different players scoring 21 points.
NBA Games Wednesday. Confidence in the Memphis Grizzlies was restored through a statement-making performance on Wednesday night. Grizzlies rebounded, shot well, played defense and showed a lot of strength. They dominated the Warriors. Final. 134/95.CBSSports pic.twitter.com/Jcc5oA97zO
– Michael Penny (@ flavorsphotos1) May 12, 2022
Part of the reason Grizzlies won so easily must be attributed to the warriors, who probably entered their collective subconscious with a kind of complacency.
If they make up their minds again, their series should end in Game 6, but that won’t stop the positive impact Memphis has had.