In what has been described as THE most important game of the season thus far, the Grizzlies rose to the occasion and seized the moment. Thanks to the likes of Brandon Clarke, who had 27 points to lead all scorers on this evening. Damian Lillard, who has been a mad man on a misson, especially the past ten games or so, was held to only 20 points on 7-19 shooting from the field at 36.8%. Dame wasn't even the leading scorer for Portland this evening, as Anfernee Simons had a Trail Blazers high 22 points off the bench in super sub fashion. The young second year player wasn't enough to stop the Drip ‘N Slime show.
Ja Morant had 20 points on 9-23 shooting but was a floor general in every sense as he looked to get guys going early. He had seven assists by half-time before finishing the game with 9 dimes. Jonas Valanciunas went so hard in the paint this evening, that I'm disappointed in the FedExForum for not playing Waka Flaka's "Hard In The Paint" starting from his 15th rebound until he finished the night with a whopping 18 rebounds along with 12 points. The Big Dawg earned every penny of his pay.
It was a collective effort as the Grizzlies had five double digit scorers on the evening including D'Anthony Melton with 14 points off the bench. Despite his very solid game, he barely matched half of the 27 points from Brandon Clarke, who did so in a flash playing only 22 minutes. The Grizzlies are now two games over .500 on the season and beginning to firmly secure their seed in the playoffs. Kudos to the coaching staff for going with the hot hands of the evening and being able to do so by giving everyone a shot at the action to contribute including Josh Jackson. The Beat goes on, especially on Beale Street.