Last season, one of the more unexpected aspects of the Memphis Grizzlies that allowed them to make a successful playoff push was their success on the road. They truly played as one of the better road teams in the NBA in the second half of the season. Ja Morant and others mentioned that was a goal for the roster, taking on a “Road Warriors” mentality in the process.
It seems that label will easily fit for another year.
The Grizzlies earned a big first road win of the year. It was a game of runs, as the Clippers had success early and late, but the Grizzlies were dominant enough in the second and third quarters and resourceful enough in the fourth quarter to earn the win. In the process, once again, many Grizzlies played well. Here are a few grades for the individuals who made a huge impact for Memphis.
Ziaire Williams- B
Based on counting stats, Ziaire Williams did not have any type of truly significant performance. However, for a second straight game, he showed he belonged. Two threes, good playmaking and defensive flashes, and overall awareness allowed for Williams to truly have another productive game.
Steven Adams- A
Steven Adams made a good debut for the Grizzlies on Wednesday. However, he really preformed well on Saturday. Adams had 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and was five of five from the free thrown line. He was both a source of scoring and playmaking, two areas any extra benefit from him could go a long way as a positive for the Grizzlies this season.
Jaren Jackson Jr.- A
He was hitting shots early and late, both near the rim and from beyond the arc. And for the second straight game, Jaren Jackson Jr. both rebounded well and stayed out of foul trouble for the most part. Jackson Jr. was six of six from the charity stripe and made three threes as well. In a game where shooting the three was of high importance, Jackson Jr. made a few big ones that helped the Grizzlies get a needed win.
Ja Morant- A
Two games down, two bullet points added to an All-Star resume. That is how good Morant has looked. While Paul George was the best player on the court last night, Morant showed he can be the go-to scoring option once again in a big moment. Morant combined for 28 points and eight assists, including setting up Jackson Jr. for the shot that basically sealed the game for Memphis.
Overall, each of these performances were a few of many overall that worked for Memphis. It was a night where the starters where the key difference makers, as Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton each had another great game themselves. With offensive balance in terms of both scheme and sources of success, this version of the Memphis Grizzlies is both highly effective and fun to watch.