The Memphis Grizzlies can’t seem to put together a solid wire-to-wire effort in OrLLLLando. Memphis fell to the Utah Jazz by the count of 124-115 on Wednesday afternoon marking the fourth straight loss in the bubble.
The first half was mostly promising for the Grizz, who held a 52-39 lead with under six minutes before halftime. That was until the Utah Jazz remembered how to play basketball and proceeded to rattle off a 25-3 run to close out the half holding a 64-55 edge over the depleted Grizzlies.
22-1 run at the end of the 2nd quarter changed this game for the jazz pic.twitter.com/2T2jrfuvpU
— Adam (@prodigyJF) August 5, 2020
After absorbing so many body shots in the last 24 hours, the run that the Jazz strung together to finish the half seemed to be the haymaker that knocked the Grizzlies to the mat. Although Memphis would try to get back up, the Jazz simply would not allow it, holding the lead for the rest of the game.
The Grizzlies fought hard once again, but just did not have quite the luxury of depth that the Jazz possessed without Jackson Jr. or Tyus Jones being healthy enough to suit up.
Dillon Brooks played his best game in the bubble to date, dropping a team-high 23 points. Jonas Valanciunas put together his third straight double-double totaling 21 points and 14 rebounds. Ja Morant and the former member of the Utah Jazz, Grayson Allen, each had 20 points in the loss.
Joe Ingles would be the one to drive the dagger through the Grizzlies’ hearts. Ingles accounted for 25 points in the matchup, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter via four made threes. Future Memphis Grizzlies Hall of Fame member, Mike Conley scored 23 points to go on top of seven assists, while NBA villain, Rudy Gobert, impressed with 21 points and 17 boards.
On Tuesday evening, the team announced that it would be without Jaren Jackson Jr. after MRI results came back revealing a season-ending meniscus tear in his knee. Jackson Jr. has averaged 25.3 points per game down in Orlando and has, without question, been Memphis’ most important player as the team is currently constructed.
Grizzlies: Memphis F Jaren Jackson Jr., suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2020
Whatever confidence the Grizzlies felt prior to arriving at the Walt Disney World complex has completely vanished.
Oklahoma City is next up for the Memphis Grizzlies, who return to action at 3:00 CST on Friday afternoon. The Grizz command just a one-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers with four games to play. A lead that looks to surely evaporate in the coming days.
air punches. so many air punches.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) August 5, 2020
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