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The streak is over. Now what?

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (19-50, 5-27 road) @ Brooklyn Nets (22-48, 13-23 home)

WHEN: 6:30 PM CT

WHERE: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: FOX Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis

INJURY REPORT-

MEMPHIS- Andrew Harrison (Questionable, wrist), Mike Conley (Out, heel)

BROOKLYN- Allen Crabbe (Illness, probable), Dante Cunningham (Concussion, out)

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS-

MEMPHIS- Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, Jarell Martin, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol

BROOKLYN- D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Allen


The Grizzlies finally won a basketball game.

What comes next? Probably more losing.

Memphis, even after a very good performance against the Denver Nuggets last Saturday night, is still a very bad basketball team. But with Tyreke Evans back in the fold, and Dillon Brooks playing at his current level, they’re not 19 losses in a row bad. This is nice for a fan base who is mentally exhausted with the prospect of what a 30+ game skid may have looked like if Saturday hadn’t happened...

But the Grizzlies are still one of the worst squads in the Association. For one season, at least.

Which leads us to tonight, and another game against another one of the NBA’s very bad teams. The main difference here, though, is that the Brooklyn Nets do not have the incentive to purposely lose games because the Cleveland Cavaliers own their 1st round pick this season, not them. Win or lose, the NBA Lottery position of the Nets is really that of the Cavs. This means Brooklyn isn’t really in on any “tank”, they are just not good.

Before you say Memphis isn’t in on the tank either, Jarell Martin starts at small forward.

That’s as tanky as it gets.

Here is what Memphis must do to again overcome their tankalicious starting lineup and beat Brooklyn.

Let Dillon Brooks create

NBA: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Brooks is playing the best basketball of his young career, especially on the offensive end of the floor. He has scored 15 or more points in each of his last seven outings, posting 20+ in three of the seven. In the month of March Dillon has already attempted 47 threes in just nine games, and has made 19 of them, good for 40.4% overall from beyond the arc. He’s shooting more threes than ever before, and still converting at a high rate. He is finishing his rookie season strong.

The next step for Brooks and his game is being able to look out for others. In those seven games just mentioned Brooks had more than two assists just one, a three assist showing against Chicago last week. If Brooks is going to be the wing with a hint of stretch four that Chandler Parsons was supposed to be (a lot to ask, but Dillon is playing very well right now) then he must start finding his teammates more. If he is able to do that on a consistent basis, this offense will only improve.

Brooks is showing to be a key cog of the Grizzlies moving forward. These last games will be huge for his development.

Defend the perimeter

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets launch threes. They are 2nd in the entire NBA in three pointers made per game (12.3) and attempts (35!), which is stunning in an Association where both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets exist. They only shoot 35.1% from range, 25th in the NBA, so they are not very consistent in their shooting (hence why they are bad), but that also means they have the ability to get hot in a hurry from range.

Joe Harris (40.3%), DeMarre Carroll (37.2%), and D’Angelo Russell (shooting 40% or better from three in four of the last five games) are key guys to watch. If they’re shooting the lights out, chances are that Memphis will lose. If they struggle? The Grizzlies have a shot.

The Prediction

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

This will be another test of the Grizzlies fan base. Monday night, early start, and two not so good basketball teams. This probably won’t be aesthetically pleasing. But it is a game that Memphis can possibly win, and because of the inconsistency of the Nets and the good vibes following a Grizzlies victory this game will be close.

The difference? Memphis is going to allow lots of threes to be taken, and D’Angelo Russell is an elite scorer when he gets going. Expect him to make a shot or two more than Tyreke Evans and the Grizzlies because of their pace (7th in the NBA), and for that to carry Brooklyn to a victory at home.

Brooklyn 102, Memphis 98

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