For the past 10 days, I have been MIA from Memphis Grizzlies sphere , but that’s the best reason.
I married my best friend.
I could go on and on about the wedding day and the honeymoon, but there aren’t many words to describe it. Everything about the past 10 days has been indescribably amazing – the best of my entire life. I want to restart it again and again. I also wish I could bottle up all the feelings I’ve had over the past 10 days and use it as a scent for whenever life gets me down. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have my beautiful wife and my amazing support of family and friends by my side.
I’m back to reality – back to 9-5, to my family and friends, and to the daily routines this life gave me. The only difference now is that it’s a lot sweeter.
For the past week and a half, I’ve been checking at a very small rate what was going on in this part of my life. Concept.
With that, I’m going to make some notes I’ve gathered from the results of the fund and the tremendous work on Grizzly Bear Blues.
Before I do that, I want to thank the hard work of the amazing staff covering the game and their outstanding work over the past week. I want to give a very special thanks to my assistant editors – two of my colleagues – Brandon Abraham and Sean Coleman for keeping the ship sailing. They’re absolutely amazing – two great basketball brains, and even better people. They kicked ass leading the team here; The ‘man next’ mentality resonates with Al Khaliji Commercial Bank. All of this means the world to me.
Now that I’m back to reality, I’m going to flesh out some of these notes I made from catching up to Memphis Grizzlies basketball. So please, correct me if I’m wrong – or if I’m right, please explain to me.
1) Memphis Grizzlies #good
The Memphis Grizzlies mostly took care of business. They took advantage of a 6-game home streak to take the lead in the Western Conference.
That’s what good teams do: take advantage of the advantageous situations that await them.
To close their home stretch, they had the humble Detroit Pistons and rest Atlanta Hawks Back-to-back teams where they played the overtime game the night before. However, the Grizzlies made sure to be comfortable, winning both games by a combined 36 points.
Now what shines bright is their tread on Milwaukee Bucks. The Grizzlies crushed them by 41 points, by as much as 50 points. Yes, the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t have a Jrue break, but they still have an all-time in Giannis Antetokounmpo, an All-Star in Khris Middleton, and preseason Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Brook Lopez. It’s a modern choice to win the Finals. He annihilated the Grizzlies—still without Desmond Payne, and with only Jarin Jackson Jr. for 13 minutes due to a foul problem—in a game that was an official game for their rival.
Those three matches in particular have given them a boost in efficiency as one of the best teams in the league this month. They ranked first in net rating (14.1), second in defensive rating (101.9), and third in offensive rating (116.7). in December. They will be tested to close out the month with a showdown against Phoenix Suns (Twice), Denver NuggetsAnd the Golden State WarriorsAnd the New Orleans Pelicans – In addition to the “Beam Team” Sacramento Kings It starts in 2023.
While there is a lot of the season to go, the Grizzlies used this last stretch of play as a reminder that they will be in the mix among Western Conference contenders.
2) Hit the basketball gods for par
So we already mentioned that the Grizzlies have demolished the Milwaukee Bucks. Since the NBA in 2022 is all about par, the basketball gods had to step in for it.
Or they had to impose some kind of penalty on the Memphis Grizzlies who throw Wave off the bench in the middle of a basketball game. I mean, what a hilarious wildness there is — a real viral moment.
So the balance came in the form of a 7-game winning streak ending against Oklahoma City Thunder — who were without Shay Gilgos Alexander and Josh Geddy, and were fresh in the second half of their back-to-back match.
That would be stamped as one of the worst losses of the season, if not the worst.
They were poor shooters, only making contact on 37.8% of their field goal attempts. They only produced 15 assists in 34 snaps – unacceptable by Grizzlies standards. Ja Morant was also expelled in a strange way, which confused everyone.
It just smells bad. They looked like an unfocused team who came in with a bit of an overconfidence.
There are 82 games, and this one whirlpool won’t define it. It must be a game recalibration for sure.
3) The seat is in a groove
The Grizzlies’ seat—something that’s been a strength since the beginning of the “Grz Nxt Gen”—appeared from hatches of sorts. They incorporated 2 starters into the mix, and injuries forced players into unnatural roles.
In this 4-Game span over the past ten days, the Grizzlies had 4 players with double-digit scoring averages. They were a major component in this rise to the top of the Western Conference.
Brandon Clarke and Teus Jones stepped in as starters against Atlanta this period, and they made it. Clark simply did not miss, just two Out of 23 attempts to score goals, he did not miss during the last 4 matches. The quality of the shot is high, and it could be great, but there seems to be a re-prioritization of getting Clark into the offense. Tyus Jones proved a worthy tackle as Morant’s absent starter against the Hawks, and appeared instrumental in the Grizzlies’ impending effort against Oklahoma City. he is Averaged 15.3 points on 44% shooting from 3 (6.3 attempts per game) and 1.5 steals, while churning out 5.5 assists against 1.3 turnovers.
Their contributions are crucial to the team’s strength in terms of numbers.
I’m not going to delve too deeply into the contributions of David Rohde, as is Sean Coleman Wrote an excellent blog breakdown this morning. He’s accustomed to the NBA game, and while the 3-point shot hasn’t fallen (17.6% over the past four games), he has converted 13/19 (68.4%) of his two-pointers. His emerging offense, along with his defensive responsibilities, have kept him in the rotation.
Santi Aldama continues to put up a strong showing, averaging 11.5 points on 46.2% shooting from 3 (3.3 attempts per game). Ziaire Williams appears to have rid himself of the rust with his comeback, as he has only connected on 8 of 24 shot attempts over the last 4 games – and only 1 of 12 triples. Availability is key here, as it indicates no relapse. Advancement into the offensive midfield will be a swinging piece of depth for this team.
4) Jake Lafia is off the course…for now…which isn’t a bad thing
Jake LaRavia has been back on the floor for the last 10 games, not breaking the spin. This does not sound like an indictment of his play, but of the circumstances surrounding it.
For starters, his rookie counterpart David Ruddy has been playing well. When both players were healthy, neither generated enough separation to make a clear argument with one playing over the other. And with Roddy playing while LaRavia was injured, it’s fair to see why Jenkins keeps rolling with these spins.
In addition, an extra turnover point was taken with the return of Zaire Williams.
So there is no place in the 10-man rotation for LaRavia, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
LaRavia has shown that he can kick the three-ball, while also adding value as a team defender and connective passer. Now, it’s about increasing the size and increasing the comfort. Stints with the Memphis Hustle from then on will help slow things down, as will keeping an eye on what happens on the ground on the sidelines – similar to Ziaire Williams during his injury around this time last season.
Jake LaRavia may be out of the loop at the moment, but I wouldn’t rule him out from being a similar role to last year’s Williams whenever his number is called again.
5) Garren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks both deserve major defensive back honors
Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks are building a case to be the best perimeter/large defensive duo in the league.
Jackson hit 8 shots in just 24 minutes against Atlanta. This is completely absurd. Jackson was the first player since Mitchell Robinson to hit at least 8 shots in a game, while playing for only 24 minutes or less. He also put up a solid outing against Detroit (4 blocks and 2 steals), but the blistering problem lessened his impact on Milwaukee — and then there was the Oklahoma City game.
Not many players enjoy an All-Star job like Dillon Brooks. While the comfortable Detroit Hawks and Thunder don’t offer the usual level of competition entrusted to Brooks, he has risen to match against Chris Middleton. The Bucks All-Star scored 3 points on 1-12 shooting, while turning the ball over 4 times, in the Grizzlies’ win Thursday night, and Brooks was instrumental in those efforts. Obviously, he got under Middleton’s skin and pulled him out of the game.
Jaryn Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks are the lifelines of the Memphis Grizzlies defense, and honors will hopefully bring him out after the season. They have emerged as two of the best defenders within their positional model and their defensive responsibilities.
The Memphis Grizzlies are finding their groove and making some noise. Even though I’ve been MIA for the past 10 days, that’s what I’ve gathered from our enormous staff at GBB and from dozens of funds. Please correct me if I’m wrong, and explain to me in detail on both sides of the fence.
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