In an interview that aired on ESPN last week, i morant claimed he was studying the Boston Celtics, thinking his memphis grizzlies He will have to face them on the way to the title. “No one in the Western Conference?”asked Malika Andrews, to which Morant replied “No, I’m fine in the west”,
So Morant and his Grizzlies were headed west, but it still seemed like a highly anticipated and arrogant statements From the star of a team that won only one instance of the playoffs in the last three years in the NBA (4-2 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022 first round), though Memphis’ good play justifies some confidence in himself.
now, after Christmas loss against the Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry and another Hard work against some Phoenix Suns without Devin BookerThat sentence again generates noise.
As John Schumann wrote on Twitter, The Grizzlies have a losing record against Western Conference teams this season: 9 wins and 10 losses. Among games played among the nine West teams with more than 50% wins in the regular season, currently playoff candidates, Memphis has the third-worst record: 4-7 with a difference of -38 points.
Here are the records for games played between the 9 West teams that are currently over .500.
(Sacramento has played 19 of its 32 games against the Eastern Conference.)
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Morant, who averaged 27.1 points and 7.8 assists per game on 45% shooting from the field, see their numbers on the scale with 27.3 points and 5.3 assists and 46.3% shooting from the field in his 10 appearances against top rivals in the West (he did not play in the loss to the Utah Jazz).
One of the problems for the Grizzlies isn’t Ja, but how their defense breaks down against those attacks: Team Scored 113 Points or More In two games against Utah, one against Dallas, one against Phoenix, another against New Orleans and another against Sacramento: lost all those matchesFour of them have a difference of ten points or more.
At the same time, only three were placed below the 107 markWith this, they beat Portland and Phoenix but lost to Denver.
some sports he played desmond bane, Memphis is 2-4 against those West rivals. The guard’s numbers declined against his conference versus Eastern rivals: from 24 points and 48.9% of field goals to 21.6 points and 40.4%. something similar happens with sal jackson jr: 17.3 points and 53.6% from the field 15.2 points and 46.7% from the field.
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With only 40% of the regular stages being played, Those Numbers Aren’t Dangerous to MemphisBut the final defeat should have come on time Calming the overconfidence in a team whose future looks promising but has yet to win anything And now it’s actually closer to falling to fifth in the West than it is to returning to the top of the conference.
The Grizzlies must resolve their immediate issues before turning to the Boston Celtics, to whom they also lost this season (a 109-106 loss at home). this weekend will be a good test for him games against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings.
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