Ja Morant and the Grizzlies are going crazy in OKC
These are the odds of the night between the Grizzlies, who are on a 7-game winning streak, and a Thunder who are on a five-game losing streak. OKC especially showed up without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Josh Giddey. But the leaders of the Western Conference underestimated the young Thunder, and they were punished!
The Thunder’s strategy was simple: force the Grizzlies to shoot from distance. The racket was locked, and the Grizzlies were never able to hit the mark from long range. Lu Dort started the battle with eight points in a row (12-9), but Ja Morant immediately answered him gently (20-15). Mark Daigneault opened his bench, and the unknown Lindy Waters III signed two consecutive winning shots to give the Thunder the lead after twelve minutes (25-21).
Ja Morant was fired
After Williams finished, the Thunder went on an 11-0 run to take a 14-point lead (38-24). On the contrary, the Grizzlies were completely restrained, and the Thunder opened up his basketball to the point of reaching a 20-point gap (60-40). Frustration spread in Memphis, and Ja Morant was fired for two very serious procedures. At the break, Memphis trailed by 21 points (64-43).
When you come back from the locker room, things don’t really improve with missed shots and an obvious lack of enthusiasm. The Thunder is content to manage its lead, and in every attempt to close the Grizzlies, an element stands out like Aaron Wiggins or Tre Mann (91-76). In the final quarter, it’s Dillon Brooks against the rest of the world. The Grizzlies winger was released, and he received support from Tyus Jones. With 30 seconds left, the Grizzlies trailed by just six points, but just like in the first quarter, Lu Dort took care of everything, and the Thunder won, 115-109.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Ja Morant unfairly fired? In the beginning, there was a rant from Ja Morant for a foul that wasn’t blown. This logically requires a method. In the back, he’s talking to a Grizzlies fan, and he takes the second method, which is synonymous with ejection. As for the referee, Ja Morant laughed at him, while the player assured that he was only chatting with this spectator wearing a sweatshirt dedicated to the leader of the Grizzlies.
– Cascade walks. In the first quarter of an hour, the referees whistle five steps! They calmed down after that, but we can’t blame them if they go back to the real rules of basketball. It’s up to the players to adapt.
✅Lu is sleeping. Without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Canadian took charge by scoring 10 of his team’s first 12 points. Like an old man, he went 8-0 to put the Thunder on the right track. At the end of the match, he places his throws to avoid any panic.
✅isaiah joe. With his 23 points on 5 of 8 from 3-pointers, he is the symbol of the Thunder’s good exterior address: 19 of 45 from 3-pointers. OKC has never scored so many award-winning shots this season.
✅ Dillon Brooks. He’s still aggressive, and he’s picked up his technique. But Dillon Brooks was the only one who shook his teammates, and almost single-handedly, he gave his people hope in the 4th quarter.
⛔ Yes Morant. As hard as his ejection was, Ja Morant didn’t have a great night going 3 of 10 on shots, and already had two stray bullets at the time of the facts. The Grizzlies didn’t attack the game at their best, and their playmaker showed a lack of passion.
OKC (12-18) : welcoming the Blazers on Monday night.
Memphis (19-10) : Monday trip to Denver.