Steven Adams helped Grizzles snap their 2 games losing streak with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.
Adams bounced back from a quiet night vs the Pelicans due to early foul troubles. The Grizzles were + 15 when Adams was on the court tonight, despite his poor free-throw performance (0/4). He passed Joe Smith for the 49th on the NBA all-time offensive rebounds list tonight.
Jaren Jackson Jr scored a game-high 25 points with 50% shooting from 3 point line. He also ended up with a double-double with 12 rebounds. His ability to block shots really shines since he came back from his right foot operation, averaging 4 blocks per game. His teammate John Konchar came off the bench and renewed his season-high 3-point field goal made with 19 points.
OKC Thunders led by Josh Giddy’s double-double stormed back within 4 points with less than 3 mins left in the game. However, the Grizzlies scored 9 straight points to seal the game. The Grizzlies were able to hold Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 15 points, a season-scoring low since he went on a tear averaging 31.1 points per game from mid-October.
Memphis came away with a victory beating OCK 121: 110. But it came with a cost: Ja Morant score 19 points with 25% shooting before he tripped and injured his left ankle with 3 minutes left in the game. This was the second ankle injury of the game after Aleksej Pokusevski (OKC) sprained his left ankle near the end of the first half.
Now Memphis’ will be playing against Brooklyn on Sunday without primary scorers. It is unclear how many games Adams is going to play without both of his high pick-and-roll partners. The Grizzlies’ major scoring load most likely going to share between of Jackson Jr, Dillon Brooks and Santi Aldama. The young Memphis just can’t seem to catch a break with injures. It would be interesting to see how Cocah Jenkins makes adjustment moving forward.