Ja Morant and De’Aaron Fox.
Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley.
Solomon Hill and Nemanja Bjelica.
Yes, one of those doesn’t sound right, but it was something we witnessed in the starting lineup tonight. Jonas Valanciunas sat out of tonight’s game to nurse a foot injury, leaving a starting spot open.
More Brandon Clarke with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant? Yes, please. Kyle Anderson, starting playmaking-4? I can deal. Nope, the Grizzlies rolled with Solomon Hill.
It’s logic I didn’t quite understand. The only thing I can really think is, they wanted Brandon Clarke to match up with Marvin Bagley off the bench. In that case though, Hill still wasn’t the right option.
The first quarter started rather flat. You could tell that the Grizzlies need another ball-mover in the starting lineup, as the offense was all out of wack.
After starting the first 7 minutes with 7 points, the Grizzlies bench came in and kickstarted the offense. Behind the play of Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, and De’Anthony Melton, the Grizzlies finished the quarter with 23 points. They also connected on 5 of their 12 three-point attempts in the quarter.
The offense started to pick up more in the second quarter, as there was more ball movement, and the starters found their rhythm. The Grizzlies finished the quarter with 37 points, as Jackson, Hill, Crowder, and Brooks combined for 24 of those scores.
The Grizzlies started the 2nd half with strong play from Jae Crowder. The veteran wing scored 11 points in the quarter and maintained an aggressive mindset attacking the basket and firing 3’s. De’Anthony Melton also chipped in with 7 third-quarter points with baskets off the fast break and a 3. Tyus Jones capped the quarter by splashing a jumper after putting Marvin Bagley in a spin cycle.
After a week full of blowing second-half leads, the Grizzlies (barely) staved off the Kings with steady fourth quarter play, leading to a 119-115 victory.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. - 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals
- Jae Crowder - 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists
- Dillon Brooks - 16 points, 6 rebounds
- Grayson Allen - 13 points, 3 assists
- De’Anthony Melton - 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
- Ja Morant - 13 points, 4 assists
- Tyus Jones - 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals