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Grizzlies snap losing streak, beat the Pacers 106-103

The NBA is so stupid and beautiful sometimes.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

In a performance that made very little sense, the Memphis Grizzlies hung tough with the Indiana Pacers and found a way to beat one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Of course Indiana was getting used to life without Victor Oladipo after his horrible injury, playing without him for the first time. Still, this Grizzlies team was on the second night of a back to back and...well, is awful.

So Memphis not completely falling apart in the second half and competing well was a mild surprise. This game had everything - some throwback moments of joy, a random ten-day contract guy balling out, and even a Unicorn!

Let’s take a look at the reasons why Memphis snapped another losing streak and beat Indy 106-103.

Bruno Caboclo...seriously

I am just as surprised as you!

The 23-year-old Caboclo, who was recently playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers G-League squad, appears to actually have come a long was as a player ever since he infamously was declared to be “two years away from being two years away”. 11 points, 5 rebounds, a +5 in over 29 minutes of play...not bad for someone literally no one in Memphis, except maybe Jerry Stackhouse who once coached Bruno, has high hopes for. He’s exactly the type of player the Grizzlies should be taking flyers on, and who knows - maybe they’ve stumbled on to something with Bruno, who surely wants to make the most of another NBA opportunity.

Of course the next few games will help build a sample size larger than, you know, a game. But this was a good start for Caboclo.

Jaren, a focus? NO. WAY.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

So wait...you’re saying feeding Jaren Jackson Jr. and letting him find a rhythm offensively builds confidence?

Time out...Jaren...when made a priority...can deliver?

Are you sure?

In all seriousness, the Grizzlies purposely utilized Jaren in the low block and let him work, and he made Memphis look smart. Moving forward, Jackson Jr. should be at or near the team lead in shot attempts (he had the lead in this one) as they try to develop Jaren in to becoming “the man”. There will be nights he struggles, but so what? The team as a whole is collapsing in to the abyss. Let the kid play, make mistakes, learn, and grow. Memphis was rewarded for it tonight.

Quick Hits

  • Mike Conley and Marc Gasol made multiple clutch threes down the stretch to help Memphis clinch the game, which was nice to see. Even nicer to see was their gigantic hug, which made me and every Grizzlies fan watching sob immediately.

Perhaps one last memory made in FedExForum before their departure via trade? Who knows...I know I enjoyed that. A lot.

  • Speaking of departures via trade, JaMychal Green only played seven minutes in this game. It is highly doubtful that the coaching staff realized JaMychal is part of the worst three-man NBA lineup in the Association. Keep an eye on that...perhaps JaMychal is hurt, or perhaps JaMychal will not be a Grizzly much longer.
  • Jevon Carter was a +7 in 26 minutes of play while shooting 0-6 from the field and not scoring a single point. That’s impressive.

The Grizzlies are back in action Monday night against the mighty Denver Nuggets. It will be the last game of this home stand, and possibly the final game for several of these Grizzlies - including Mike Conley and Marc Gasol - at FedExForum.

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