The Memphis Grizzlies entered Monday night riding a two game losing streak, and in search of a consistent four quarters. The San Antonio Spurs were in a rut of their own losing three of their last four.
The young Grizzlies started off fast, and it seemed they never slowed up throughout a hard fought game. It seemed that Head Coach Taylor Jenkins out coached Gregg Popovich in the second half.
A consistent dose of Jaren Jackson Jr. for four quarters was huge for Memphis regardless of a win or loss. Jackson, who has been struggling with foul issues, needed a bounce back game in a huge way in San Antonio.
Jaren’s Bounce Back Game:
You could almost feel an outburst on the horizon following Memphis’ loss Saturday night to the Dallas Mavericks. Jaren exited that shootout with 23 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Jaren Jackson Jr. (24 PTS, 4-6 3PM) and the @memgrizz pick up the road win vs. SAS! #GrindCity— NBA (@NBA) November 12, 2019
Dillon Brooks: 21 PTS
Jonas Valanciunas: 18 PTS, 12 REB, 2 BLK
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS, 8 REB pic.twitter.com/C0dN3EwuiI
Jackson followed up Saturday’s performance with a 24 point performance in the Grizzlies win last night against the Spurs. Jaren had it all going for him, on both ends of the floor, and he played 37 minutes! 10/17 from the field, and 4/6 from deep, with six rebounds, and five assists to go along with it. A great back-to-back games for Jaren Jackson in this young season.
Jonas Getting Back in Rhythm:
The story of the Grizzlies victory on Monday night will be about how Memphis handled the paint. It wasn’t just Jackson, but his partner in the paint Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas, still working through a foot injury, and a minutes restriction is starting to look better and better with each outing.
It seemed that Jonas was just a problem all night for the Spurs bigs, and he stayed consistent on the boards, and in the pick-n-roll game all night. Valanciunas finished with a double-double in Monday night’s Grizzlies victory. 18 points, and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Ja Morant struggled.... but that’s okay:
Ja Morant returned to the floor on Monday night following a ‘rest’ night at FedEx Forum on Saturday night against the Mavericks. Morant returned on Monday night and just didn’t seem to find a rhythm.
For Morant, there will be nights like this. Nine points, on 2/12 shooting, in 24 minutes of game action. No need to read too deep into that stat line, but just a rookie pressing in his first game back after having a night off.
Tyus Jones Continues to be steady and consistent:
Morant struggled tonight, but having a backup Point Guard like Tyus Jones makes things that much easier. Jones took control of the game down the stretch and help get the ball where it needed to be for this Grizzlies offense.
Jones game isn’t flashy and tonight it was more of the same. Jones finished with eight points, six assists, and was a plus 19 in the plus minus rating.
Memphis limited the Spurs leading scorer DeMar DeRozan to 12 points in 34 minutes of game action. Not one Spur had at or over 20 points, which meant that Memphis limited the key guys LaMarcus Aldridge and DeRozan.
Memphis finished the game with 32 assists, which accounted for over half of their points. The ball was moving and it showed as Memphis had four guys with double-digit scoring.
The Grizzlies win on Monday night wasn’t just about one or two guys, it was a team effort. The bench unit along with the starting five all played a huge roll in keeping the team in it for all four quarters.
Memphis moves on to 3-7 on the season, and will take on the Charlotte Hornets at FedEx Forum on Wednesday night at 7:00 CT.