Grizzlies’ Ja Morant flames reporter for asking about Facundo Campazzo’s defense
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant wasn’t too pleased when a reporter asked him about the defense of Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo. It’s easy to see why considering he just torched Denver for 36 points with Campazzo as his main defender.
Via Grizzlies reporter Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian:
A reporter from Peru asks Ja Morant what he thinks of Facubdo Compazzo’s defense on him…
Ja Morant: “Uhhh, I think I had 36 points. I’m going to let you answer that question.”
— Drew Hill (@DrewHill_DM) April 20, 2021
Poor Facu. You didn’t have to do that, Mr. Morant. That’s way too savage.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year certainly had his way against Denver’s guards, going 13-of-24 from the field en route to his 36-point night. He also made two 3-pointers and converted on 8-of-11 for the charity stripe, while adding eight rebounds, 12 assists, and three steals.
Unfortunately, Morant’s efforts were not enough to stop the Nuggets, which came from 12 points down within the final four minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime. Memphis ended up losing in double-overtime, 139-137. Morant actually had an opportunity to win the game for the Grizzlies in the first overtime, but failed to do so with a botched put back attempt.
On the other side, Nikola Jokic had a magnificent night to power the Nuggets to their third straight win since losing star point guard Jamal Murray to a torn ACL. Jokic solidified his front-runner status to the MVP by dropping 47 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists in the double-OT win over the Grizzlies
As for the Grizzlies, they still hold the no. 8 spot in the Western Conference, but only have a one game lead over the 9th seeded Golden State Warriors. Securing a spot in the top-8 won’t guarantee them a playoff spot, given the creation of the play-in tournament. Nevertheless, it does still increase their chances of making the postseason.
This should be yet another wild end to the season for Morant and the Grizzlies, considering they found themselves in similar territory the year before.