Ja Morant’s debut season ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday afternoon as the Portland Trail-Zebras won the play-in game, just as the NBA wanted. But seriously, the Memphis Grizzlies outplayed the Blazers in every aspect minus 19 less free throws. They left everything on the floor in perhaps the most admirable loss a team could have.
With their heartbreak, there remains hope as this young team did this without two starters and the best back up point guard in franchise history. The future is now in Memphis and this upcoming offseason will be filled with anticipation. Before we move to offseason stories, let’s take one last look at the enemy:
CJ McCollum on what he was thinking coming down the stretch:— Dia (@diandraann) August 15, 2020
“I was thinking i didn’t want to play again tomorrow.”
Same, CJ. Same.#ripcity
Well, CJ, the world doesn’t revolve around you, and the Memphis Grizzlies did want to play tomorrow. Quite selfish if you ask me.
The Blazers are getting nothing from guys 4-8 today. Outside of Dame, CJ and Nurk, not a whole lot of production. Memphis is getting contributions up and down their lineup.— Nate Mann (@nate_mann13) August 15, 2020
Nate gets it. I wonder how much more distraught he would have been if Jaren Jackson Jr. Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow were playing too. Oh wait, he probably did not even know because Mark Jackson only mentioned Zach Collins being out. Does Nate even know that if Tyus had played like one game, he wouldn't even have a team in the play in to root for? I digress.
If Portland could not 3rd quarter the 3rd quarter that would be awesome.— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) August 15, 2020
I remember these days as a Grizz fan, but with GRZNXTGEN I can’t relate anymore.
Just how the NBA and ESPN drew it up: “Don’t miss this play in action as Anthony Tolliver and Wenyen Gabriel go toe to toe, after this break and a word from our sponsors: Zebra Cakes.”
“What does that even mean?”
“No one knows what it means, but it’s provactice — gets the people going”
But really, WHAT?
Dillon Brooks is a superb villain— Joe Simons (@joesimonssays) August 15, 2020
Wait, even other teams don’t like Dillon Brooks? Villain Dillon is catching on. However, Good Dillon was in attendance against Portland and hopefully will return when the NBA resumes this winter.