Dec 21, 2021
After making the playoffs last season, the Memphis Grizzlies got off to a somewhat disappointing 9-10 start. And when star point guard Ja Morant went down with a knee sprain in late November, it seemed things were going to get even worse.
Instead, the Grizzlies leaned on their defense and went 10-2 without Morant to surge into fourth place in the Western Conference. Morant made his return to the lineup on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but couldn't keep the good times rolling. Though he finished with 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists, the Grizzlies lost 102-99 at home to a Thunder team they had beaten by an NBA-record 73 points without Morant a few weeks ago. Ja Morant felt hurt by these words as he doesn't want to be the weakness to this team.