Grizzlies Struggling to Find Groove Early
The Memphis Grizzlies have struggled to find consistency early in the 2019-20 season. The Grizzlies young core has competed well during the team's 3-game homestand but just haven't been able to put together wins.
Last Saturday night the Grizzlies fell behind early, and could never close the game in a 114-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The rookie duo of Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke led the way for Memphis. Clarke picked up a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Morant added 24 points and 7 assists on the evening.
A balanced team effort was not enough on Monday night against the Houston Rockets. The Grizzlies had 6 players in double figures on the night but still fell at home 107-100. Once again, it was Ja Morant leading the way with 23 points 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Memphis finally broke through with a 137-121 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to close out the homestand. 5 players scored in double figures led by Dillon Brooks' 31 points. Morant scored 20+ again with 26 points and 5 assists.
Through 7 games, Morant is averaging 20.4 points per game and 5 assists per game, the first player since Michael Jordan in 1984-85 to average those numbers in his first 7 career games.
The team will look to create its first winning streak of the season, as they head to Orlando for a short road trip to take on the Magic.