Even if the team has changed a lot since the Gasol-Randolph-Conley years, the Ja Morant Grizzlies still play basketball that focuses on teamwork, solidarity and aggression.
Except that this night, the famous « Grint & Grind » had remained in the locker room, and Memphis suffered one of its heaviest defeats in its history, beaten by 43 points by the Wolves. It’s the 8th heaviest loss in franchise history, and the problem is, five of their eight losses this season have been by 20 points or more.
The worst defense in the NBA
Another problem, more worrying in view of the history of this team, it is good last in the NBA in defense with nearly 114 points conceded per game out of 100 possessions. It’s worse than the Magic, the Rockets or the Pelicans.
» They had fun with us. For three years, it is undoubtedly one of the matches where we have been the least up to the task, it is completely unacceptable! »Says Taylor Jenkins at a press conference. » Hope this is a booster shot. I have faith in this team, in its ability to bounce back. I have faith in their resilience, in staying together and being up to the task. But this year there are times when we are not competitive. We lacked juice in attack, and we absolutely did not fight in defense, and they took advantage« .
Ja Morant muzzled
Symbol of this bankruptcy, the small game of Ja Morant, limited to 11 points with only nine shots taken. » They took him together, and cut him off the ball, and he could not penetrate ” notes Taylor Jenkins, while the leader reproaches himself for a certain timidity. “I’m not a shot-hunting guy, but I guess I should have done it tonight in some situations. I should have defended better and with more energy. This is very clearly what we must do. «
Beyond this spanking, the Grizzlies must find the spirit of « Grit & Grind », and even if the return of Dillon Brooks is good in defense, it is collectively that there must be an awareness .
« We’re trying to go to the playoffs, and I think we need to connect » considers Desmond Bane, the only one to survive. “I think we’re doing a pretty good job, with black holes from time to time, but it’s clear that it’s time to put the lock down. «
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