Memphis Grizzlies eager to tie up series in Game 2 vs. Wolves

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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Memphis Grizzlies Eager to Tie Up Series in Game 2 vs Wolves

The Memphis Grizzlies are eager to tie up the series in Game 2 after a humbling loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1. Their young and inexperienced roster needs a wakeup call and that's where Game 1 came in. Growing pains are fine during the regular season‚ but not in the postseason. If Towns and Anthony Edwards can't combine for 65 points on 56% shooting‚ the Grizzlies are doomed to lose this series. Regardless of what the Grizzlies do‚ Jarrett Jackson Jr. will lead the team in the Game 3 in Minnesota.

Memphis Grizzlies' Pat Beverley irritates opponents into game-changing mistakes

In the playoffs‚ Pat Beverley is one of the most irritable players in NBA history. The Grizzlies will take on Ja Morant and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs‚ and Beverley knows all the tricks to irritate his opponents into game-changing mistakes. The Grizzlies have added Beverley to their roster in the offseason‚ but he is a perennial pest. Beverley has a history with Memphis. In fact‚ he traded with the Clippers just before the season. During the podcast‚ Beverley explained to his listeners how he wanted to be traded to the Grizzlies. Beverley's trash talk has caused many a game-changing mistake. The Grizzlies have frustrated LeBron James‚ Kevin Durant‚ and more with their trash talk. Beverley's trash talk has been the biggest reason behind many Grizzlies' game-changing mistakes. Beverley has a reputation for getting into opponents' heads and irritating them into making game-changing mistakes‚ and it isn't just a game-changing mistake.

Grizzlies need to be better from the perimeter

If the Memphis Grizzlies are to win Game 2 against the Minnesota Timberwolves‚ they need to improve from the perimeter. They were not very efficient from beyond the arc in the first game and struggled to convert their contested shots. But the Grizzlies' offense has potential to turn the series around. Ja Morant had 32 points and eight assists in Game 1‚ and the point guard has seen this type of series before. Despite the Grizzlies' slow start in Game 1‚ Ja Morant told the team that this is a series that could go to seven games. Despite the Timberwolves' superior defense‚ the Grizzlies must be more efficient from the perimeter in Game 2. The Minnesota Timberwolves finished fourth in defensive rebounding during the regular season‚ and the Grizzlies shot just 39.5 percent in that span. The Grizzlies have been able to keep opponents under 100 points on a nightly basis‚ so their defense must be more efficient.

Grizzlies' defense stifles Minnesota Timberwolves

The Grizzlies' defense stymied the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2‚ giving them a chance to take homecourt advantage in Game 3. Despite Towns' stellar performance‚ the Grizzlies' defense was stifling‚ limiting the Timberwolves to 39.5% shooting and 28.9% shooting from three-point range. In Game 1‚ the Timberwolves shot over 50% from the field and made 35 percent of their three-point attempts. The Grizzlies had already lost four of their last five games. They had a game-winning 3-pointer‚ D'Angelo Russell‚ but their defense suffocated the Timberwolves' offense. The Timberwolves had a total of 123.4 points‚ which was more than double the number that the Grizzlies allowed. Jaren Jackson had one block and hit four 3-pointers and D'Angelo Russell shot eight of 26 from three. The Timberwolves' defense was a tough nut to crack for the Clippers' zone. But the Timberwolves have two perimeter creators in Towns and Edwards. They can generate offense from broken plays and use two perimeter scorers to break down defenses. Russell is a growing veteran with a youthful exuberance‚ which made this a difficult match-up for the Clippers.

Grizzlies' fans trade opposing jerseys

As the Grizzlies prepare for the next Game 2 against the Minnesota Timberwolves‚ a young fan from California took offense to the team's jersey trade tradition during the series opener. She chained herself to the basket during the second quarter and threw flyers onto the court. After the game‚ the fan was removed from the court and told to leave by security. Meanwhile‚ a protestor stuck their hand on the hardwood along the baseline. The protester was later removed from the court. The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to keep their winning ways going as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the playoffs. To that end‚ the Grizzlies are hosting a game-day jersey swap where fans can trade the jerseys of opposing players. The swapping event will start at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday‚ but the Grizzlies' fans are not letting the chance slip by. Fans are encouraging other fans to participate‚ as they may end up with a different team jersey.

Grizzlies win 116-108

The Grizzlies won Game 2 vs. the Wolves 116-108‚ and will look to convert that success into a win in the first round of the playoffs. The Grizzlies are 30-14 this season‚ good for third place in the Western Conference. Game 3 of this series will take place in Minneapolis‚ where the Grizzlies will play the Dallas Mavericks. Desmond Bane scored a game-high 21 points‚ while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points. In addition‚ Ja Morant had 16 points‚ eight rebounds‚ and nine assists. John Konchar scored 15 points. The Grizzlies have won 21 of their past 25 games‚ tied a franchise record. The Grizzlies' first two games against the Wolves were overtime games‚ and they ended up prevailing 116-108. The Grizzlies' third-quarter surge was key to this victory. The Grizzlies have been blown out by the Wolves in Game 1 of this series‚ but the Grizzlies rallied late with the help of Ja Morant‚ who finished with 16 points. The Grizzlies‚ who trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half‚ missed more shots than they made but had an impressive third-quarter performance.

Grizzlies' star Karl-Anthony Towns struggles

After scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in Game 1‚ Karl-Anthony Towns has struggled in Game 2. The Grizzlies' star will likely score less than 20 points in Game 2. In fact‚ he may not even score as many as eight in Game 2. The Grizzlies have slowed down their star‚ and they'll be hoping that Karl-Anthony Towns will rebound well in Game 2. Grizzlies' star Karl-Ahnthony Towns struggled in Game 2‚ shooting 3 of 11 from the field. Despite Towns' poor shooting‚ other key players for the Grizzlies also had solid games. D'Angelo Russell‚ who shot 3 of 11 in Game 1‚ averaged 16 points and added six rebounds. Ja Morant‚ meanwhile‚ started playing a more distributing role and finished with 16 points. Memphis started slow‚ falling behind 9-2 in the first two and a half minutes. It took the Grizzlies a few minutes to find their offensive rhythm‚ but Towns' struggles in the first quarter were enough to sink them. Towns got a little run‚ but Steven Adams' poor guarding of Towns gave the Wolves the wide open space to attack the basket. Despite the Grizzlies' late struggles‚ they managed to pull even at the end of the first half.

Grizzlies' trash talk

The Memphis Grizzlies' trash talk during Game 1 against the Timberwolves will probably make it hard for them to win Game 2 in Minnesota. After all‚ Beverley and Morant trash-talked each other. Beverley is a former Clipper‚ so he has good reason to aggravate the Grizzlies. Beverley's presence will also increase the tension between the Grizzlies and Wolves. The Grizzlies' star guard Ja Morant was in the spotlight for his trash talk on Tuesday. The Grizzlies' star guard mocked the Timberwolves' notorious guard Patrick Beverley while trying to defend him. Beverley was rewarded with a defensive foul‚ but the Grizzlies' trash talk will make the Wolves pay. While both teams have been exchanging trash talk during the first round‚ this latest exchange of barbs has turned the tables on both sides. Towns Sr. and Ja Morant - the sons of Karl-Anthony Towns - were talking trash on NBA TV during Game 2 on Tuesday. If the Grizzlies win the series‚ Karl-Anthony Towns Sr. and Ja Morant will wear the respective jerseys.

Injury reports

There are no major injuries to report for Memphis' game against the Wolves‚ but they did have a couple of players on the injury report. Dillon Brooks and Taylor Jenkins were both listed as probable‚ but both have yet to be cleared to play. Ja Morant has a thigh injury and is likely out while Dillon Brooks is out with a left foot injury. In addition‚ Steven Adams is questionable with a knee injury. The Memphis Grizzlies are flying high this season‚ winning seven of their last 10 games and looking like a potential contender in the Western Conference. With star Ja Morant leading the way‚ the Grizzlies have become a serious threat in the West. While the Timberwolves slammed the Grizzlies in Game 1‚ they will look to dominate Game 2 and even level the series. While the Grizzlies have a nearly perfect health record‚ the Wolves have only a few key players on the injured list. Those players include Taurean Prince‚ Steven Adams‚ Dillon Brooks‚ and Jarren Culver. The Grizzlies are likely to start with the same starting lineup as they did in Game 1‚ with Ja Morant‚ Desmond Bane‚ and Ziaire Williams. The Wolves‚ meanwhile‚ are likely to start Karl-Anthony Towns and D-Angelo Russell. While both of these teams have been overachieving this season‚ the Wolves are favored by oddsmakers this time around‚ and have won four of their last ten games.