The Series: Memphis Keeps Its Momentum
It won’t go down as their most convincing victory of the huge current series, but it did extend the fun, at home, while taking a little revenge on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had humiliated them two months ago. (138-95). The Memphis Grizzlies of Ja Morant (16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) signed an eleventh success in a row Thursday night (116-108), carried by their leader but also by the unexpected performance of their rear John Konchar who, in plus the 15 points he scored (6 of 7 shooting), split 17 rebounds, a personal best obviously.
« I couldn’t explain it to you, confessed the main party after the game. The ball would eventually fall into my hands. The two teams never cracked during the game, the gap reaching ten units only in the last minutes, in favor of the premises, aided by a few stray balls from the Wolves (15 in total). What spoil the evening for Karl-Anthony Towns (25 points, 9 rebounds), D’Angelo Russell (29 points, 6 assists) and Anthony Edwards (30 points), who were the only three players in their franchise at the level.
Thanks to the best current series in the regular season, Memphis now has 30 wins on the clock (for 14 losses), or as many as the Golden State Warriors (11 losses on the other hand), second in the West. After four successes against weak adversity, Minnesota has just chained two losses and has a negative record (20v-22d, 9th).
The slack: the heart was not there for the Nets
Brooklyn has done poorly at home against Oklahoma City, one of the dunces of the season. Without Kevin Durant (rest) or Kyrie Irving (who can not play the games played at home by the Nets because of his unvaccinated status), Steve Nash’s men quickly made a point on their floor and let slip a match that they seemed ready to let go (defeat 108-130).
If James Harden (26 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) still blackened his line of personal statistics, his team’s 41.8% shooting success quickly proved problematic, especially in the face of Shai’s efficiency. Gilgeous-Alexander opposite (33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), seconded by Luguentz Dort (27 points) and Australian rookie Josh Giddey (19 points, 7 assists). Third in the East (26v-15d), Brooklyn is only one victory behind Chicago (27v-12d), the leader.
Little in success, the Los Angeles Clippers sank among the New Orleans Pelicans (113-89). At the break, they were behind by 19 points (53-34), which left little room for suspense.
The mathematical continuation: well distributed scoring in Denver
16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Here is, in order, the amount of the contributions of Zeke Nnaji, Bones Hyland, Facundo Campazzo, Jeff Green, Nikola Jokic and Will Barton, to the very large success of the Denver Nuggets to home against the Portland Trail Blazers (140-108). A crushing victory under the sign of maximum success in shooting (62.7%) and three points (21 out of 42.5%).
The French: more than discreet
Nicolas batum (6 points at 2 of 5, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) could not do anything to help the Clippers fight at the Pelicans. For the Memphis Grizzlies, Killian Tillie has integrated the league’s Covid protocol and should therefore be absent for several days. Despite the Thunder’s massive victory in Brooklyn, Théo Maledon was not solicited.