Without Ja Morant but with trade: the Grizzlies deactivate the Lakers

At the defining moment of this tie the grizzlies They showed that, with absences, they can continue to give the level that the second best ranked in the Western Conference in the regular season is supposed to have. In this duel on Wednesday night they have saved a match point, if we adapt the thought with a tennis simile, since everything was very against them.

The team led by Taylor Jenkins was able to tie the series at the FedEx Forum and go to Los Angeles with hope. He 1-1 came after a 103-93 who had to Xavier Tillman as a surprising halo of light, since the stocky center who was not at all specialized in attack finished with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, only three missed shots with the ball in play and being a perfect helper for Jaren Jackson. Because, and especially in the inside game, any hand that is dealt is good. In this meeting it was not possible to see either Ja Morant and hence the greatest difficulty. It is expected that the point guard can reappear in the third, but in this second duel caution was maintained due to the pain he feels in his right wrist and it was going to prevent him from being one hundred percent.

Other protagonists came out in the local team and the lakers perhaps they saw themselves with an extra point of confidence that made them not press as in the first. The intensity could be felt on the Memphis side in the rebounding and turnover battles. That hallmark that has characterized Darvin Ham’s team from February until now passed into the hands of the opposing team.

The state of agitation in which the Californians found themselves, positively, after stealing the factor-track last Sunday did not turn out to be what they expected. That it was nothing more than to deal an even bigger blow. Here the hand of the coach and his coaching staff was noticed, with a good job on the Grizzlies side to touch the keys that needed to be touched. Good against Reaves, who came from being master and lord, better against the signed Beasley, Russell and Vanderbilt and exaggeratedly strong against Anthony Davis. Without Adams or Clarke, the AD piece becomes totally crucial in this confrontation and Jenkins knew how to set him up with the help of his players so that he ended up with a 28% penalty on shots: 4/14. The Chicago-born center was not differential, he even received a shot from Konchar that he demoralized, he ended up with his eyelid open to continue his tradition of pupae and was constantly subjected to defense by way of chloroform.

At three and a half minutes LeBron James connected with the hoop from the triple; who was going to say that he would be the only one who would score (1/8). After being correct but hidden in the first game, the Akron genius appeared almost as the only hold on the Lakers during this evening. Jones, Morant’s substitute in the starting lineup and everything else, kept up the pace better than his opponents and it was noticeable as the minutes went by. The first breaking point came with a chain of seven points in eight seconds, as you read, between Roddy and Kennard in minute 8. The +11 looked good on the scoreboard for the Grizz, but that would only be one of the many steps of the day. Hachimura, with his hero cape still on, began to order the attacks with and without the ball. Only a run by Bane between the quarterfinals, which ended with an involuntary elbow to Davis in a jump between the two, once again threatened the visitors’ attempt at stability. Davis, out of tune due to the blow, Konchar’s block, the defenses and poor decision-making, was a stick when it should have been a flag and on the other side Tillman and Jackson, the latter closing the first half with a triple, grew exceedingly.

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And there was a reaction in the second half. LeBron started it with eight straight points in the middle of the third act and Rui Hachimura continued it with 11 of his 20 points in four magical minutes that put the Lakers only -6 for a fleeting moment. The Grizzlies, with the courage to fight that Jackson exemplified one more day and small drops of success that came from the outside, still resisted. There was a click in James’s head to read the situations of the rival defense, especially the two against one, nothing surprising in one of the best in history in reading the game, but it was also played in front. LeBron’s primary defender, the controversial Dillon Brooks, knew how to contain his fouls better than in the previous game and end up converting two decisive triples, one to kill (at 1:23), which position him as another double-edged sword with which the Grizzlies count and that he’s not only notable for the unsportsmanlike ornaments he sometimes dons to play basketball. It’s not just a tie, a Game 2, it’s also a notice that Memphis has moved up the ranks and hopes to make their status as favorite come true.

Statistics

twenty-one

Tyus Jones
10

Luke Kennard
24

Dillon Brooks
13

Jaren Jackson Jr.
46

john konchar
22

Desmond Bane
2

Xavier Tillmann Mr.
8

ziaire williams
7

Santi Aldama
27

David Roddy
5

Vince Williams Jr.
6

Kenneth Lofton Jr.

Statistics

MinptsRTRODRAstPerrecTapT1T2T3FRCFVal
twenty-one

Tyus Jones
36106158110234/60/5030
10

Luke Kennard
241360610102/21/33/4000
24

Dillon Brooks
221210132000/03/82/6050
13

Jaren Jackson Jr.
391893632137/104/91/3030
46

john konchar
14222030120/01/20/1010
22

Desmond Bane
351740415004/45/121/6040
2

Xavier Tillmann Mr.
3122135830001/29/111/2010
8

ziaire williams
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7

Santi Aldama
14070720000/00/10/2000
27

David Roddy
twenty910100010/00/13/7030
5

Vince Williams Jr.
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6

Kenneth Lofton Jr.
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Statistics

3

Anthony Davis
6

Lebron James
9

tristan thompson
17

Dennis Schröder
1

D’Angelo Russell
5

Malik Beasley
0

Shaquille Harrison
12

Mo Bamba
7

Troy Brown Jr.
4

Lonnie Walker IV
2

jarred vanderbilt
35

wenyen gabriel
28

Rui Hachimura
fifteen

austin reaves
10

max christie

Statistics

MinptsRTRODRAstPerrecTapT1T2T3FRCFVal
3

Anthony Davis
371382632054/43/131/1030
6

Lebron James
38281221031113/411/151/8010
9

tristan thompson
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17

Dennis Schröder
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1

D’Angelo Russell
30572543000/01/61/5050
5

Malik Beasley
12700000002/21/11/3010
0

Shaquille Harrison
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12

Mo Bamba
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7

Troy Brown Jr.
eleven010120100/00/00/1000
4

Lonnie Walker IV
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2

jarred vanderbilt
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35

wenyen gabriel
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28

Rui Hachimura
32twenty50520104/65/82/4010
fifteen

austin reaves
371251441001/34/91/3020
10

max christie
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