Grizzly bears make history in 5 parts without Ja Morant

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When Ja Morant fell with a non-contact left knee injury on November 26 against the Atlanta Hawks, the entire Grizzlies fan base pulled up and held their breath. Morant, one of the favorites for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, had a career year through 18 games in the Grizzlies season and had to be assisted in the locker room in the first quarter, avoiding having to put the least weight. on his left leg.

Speculation started on the severity of Morant’s knee injury and after the game it was revealed that the organization was optimistic that their scans would not reveal any major injuries. Indeed, they were right, as the young leader was diagnosed with a sprained knee and was tagged as “week to week”.

Obviously Memphis is going to be careful with his star player and as a result he has been held out since he suffered that injury in late November and will likely remain so until the New Year approaches.

With Ja Morant absent, no one really thought much about the Grizzlies, but they just moved forward with the “next man up” mindset and found a ton of success on the pitch without their leader.

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Following his injury, the Grizzlies won back-to-back games against the Kings and Raptors, respectively, and then set a new NBA record against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 2 by beating the Thunder by 73 points. In that game, the Grizzlies bench dominated the Oklahoma City starters 93-44.

Memphis then beat the Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday for their fourth straight win without Morant on floor, and then they recently beat the Miami Heat in Miami on Monday night for their fifth straight win. This team are now 5-0 since Ja Morant suffered his left knee injury, but they have made history in those five games.

Not only do they have their historic victory over the Thunder, but according to Sports radar, the Memphis Grizzlies are the second team in the past 25 NBA seasons to win five straight games without ever lagging behind (including ties after 0-0). The Grizzlies have been tied 0-0 just once in their five-game winning streak and it happened Monday night against the Heat when the two teams were tied 2-2 at the start of the game.

In that five-game winning streak that the Grizzlies have never fallen once against, they are averaging 116.0 points per game and 27.0 assists per game.

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“Guys buy in, guys want to take the next step to be a great team and prepare for what lies ahead,” said Dillon Brooks after their 105-90 victory in Miami on Monday. “We are so selfless. We respond fiercely that many teams don’t.

Not only has the Memphis Grizzlies’ drive to improve themselves helped them achieve what they have during that five-game winning streak without Morant, but second-year winger Desmond Bane has really stepped up the potential absence. of the All-Star goalie.

Over the season, Bane is now averaging 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and shooting at 47.4% from the ground, 40% from three points (from 6.5 attempts per game) and 90.6% since the free throw line. According to StatMuse, Desmond Bane and Patty Mills (Nets) are the only NBA players right now to shoot 45/40/90 (min 150 three-point attempts).

Desmond Bane has been great for this team, as have Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., De’Anthony Melton, Tyus Jones and many more. Everyone has a defined role in this squad and when their number is called they give it their all on the pitch which is why this young squad is starting to look like the surprising squad that many thought they could get into the year.

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Obviously they would like Ja Morant to be back on the pitch to lead them but this young team is finding a way and they are warning themselves in this league.

Memphis have some tough games ahead in the coming weeks against the Lakers, 76ers, Warriors and Suns, but six of their next eight games are at home, where the Grizzlies are 8-5 this season.