The Memphis Grizzlies arguably put on one of their best offensive performances of the season last night. The ball was zipping around for a season-high 38 assists. The shot quality was off the charts too, as they scored 80 of their 132 points in the paint. They also had standout performances across the board, though with varying minute distributions — for better or for worse.
It was a huge win that capped off a 3-1 home-stand for the Memphis Grizzlies, helping them return to a .500 record. This return home will also serve as momentum in their road trip, as they’ll have a game back in Oklahoma City, two in Utah, and 1 in Houston.
Let’s give out some grades.
Ja Morant: 29 points (12-25 shooting, 1-5 from 3), 9 assists, 5 rebounds, +/- of +1, 41 minutes (Grade: A)
Ja Morant was electric.
Ja has that HOF Acrobat badge pic.twitter.com/viFFE2jN4m— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) March 23, 2021
Aside from the highlight-reel plays, Ja Morant looked locked in on this game. From the jump, he maintained an aggressive mindset. He made a conscious effort to get to the rim to finish his own shot or find his open teammates. He oozed with confidence and swagger, and it showed. His aggression set the tone and led the team to victory.
Ja Morant had to remind everyone that he’s one of the rising stars in this league.
Dillon Brooks: 24 points (10-22 shooting, 1-6 from 3), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, +/- of +1, 37 minutes (Grade: A)
Have yourself a night, Dillon Brooks!
Brooks probably had one of the most — if not the most — complete performances of his career. He still was aggressive looking for his shots, but he also had that same hunger for the boards. He also put together his best passing display of his career as well. All while playing lockdown defense on Jaylen Brown.
Brooks made a lot of good reads and big plays — including an and-1, mid-range jumper over Brown. His success is so valuable to this team as a 3-and-D wing that also serves as a shot creator (I think the term is 3&D+). His performance in last night’s game shows why.
Kyle Anderson: 14 points (6-14 shooting, 1-5 from 3), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 steals, +/- of -3, 34 minutes (Grade: A)
There are only 3 other players in franchise history that have had a game stat line of at least 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and a 3:
- Michael Dickerson (2000)
- Pau Gasol (2007)
- Jae Crowder (2020)
Kyle Anderson has joined the club, as he had his hands everywhere tonight. As Ja Morant said in postgame, his statline was crazy.
His steal and finish in the 4th quarter was one of the biggest plays in the game, since it was in the middle of a Celtics run. He also made a lot of nifty shots around the rim with his deft floater. Throughout the game, he just did so many little things to ensure the victory, serving as a glue guy in the Grizzlies’ starting lineup.
Tune in on Wednesday as the Memphis Grizzlies look for payback against the Oklahoma City Thunder.