Memphis is surging, sitting at one game under .500 after having won two games in a row - in a season where they were expected to be “rebuilding.” Not bad.
The Grizzlies will be led by Ja Morant who is making a case for himself as the Rookie of the Year.
The young Grizz are dealing with quite a few injuries themselves, but they’ve been a nice model for the Nets for perseverance and overcoming perceptions.
The Nets could use this win to keep pace and stay ahead of the Magic who are sitting in 8th place, a half game behind Brooklyn.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (27-33) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (30-31)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio), Barclays Center (live)
Taylor Jenkins, Memphis’ rookie head coach, is on the short list of NBA coach-of-the-year candidates. Jenkins, in fact, was named the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month for January after leading the Grizzlies to a 11–4 that month.
Although Morant is getting most of the accolades, the Grizzlies are a classic collection of overachievers. Take their 39 point win over the Hawks two nights ago. Memphis had a franchise-record nine players score in double figures against Atlanta. Five reserves reached double digits, including Gorgui Dieng (17 points, 10 rebounds), Tyus Jones (15 points, season-high tying nine assists, season-high four steals), Josh Jackson (16 points, season-high four 3-pointers), Anthony Tolliver (12 points, 4-of-5 from deep) and John Konchar (career-high 10 points).
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