Grizzlies’ Ja Morant hits Brandon Clarke with insane no-look alley-oop
Even when he isn’t scoring, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies can still find ways to hurt opponents. This is what makes him who he is as a basketball force. Brandon Clarke and the Los Angeles Clippers know this.
With Memphis sprinting out to a double-digit lead against the Clippers midway through the third quarter of their match Thursday night, the Memphis point guard beat his defender into the middle of the lane before tossing a no-look dime to a waiting Brandon Clarke for the slam.
Check it out for yourself and see the playmaking artistry of Ja Morant in yet another dimension from this Thursday night game (Clip via the NBA):
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Attacking off the dribble just above the arc, Ja Morant slithered around a high screen set by Jonas Valanciunas against Patrick Beverly.
With the Clippers defender falling a half-step behind the driving point guard, Ja Morant not only reached the lane unimpeded but froze Paul George in place near the elbow and pushed Serge Ibaka up as the center tried to stop the drive.
With the defense caught in no man’s land, Ja Morant tossed a no-look alley-oop pass to a leaping Brandon Clarke that left the Clippers frustrated as the lead ballooned to 15 points.
Though Los Angeles has had success for most of the night at preventing the point guard from racking up points, the sequence was a perfect encapsulation of what makes Ja Morant so dangerous on offense.
Boasting superb court vision, as well as a deadly quick first step, Ja Morant is routinely able to get where he wants on the court before feasting on a selection of shot attempts or passing lanes.
With his teammates growing adept at cutting off the ball, Memphis boasts a plus-nine differential when Ja Morant is on the court, according to Cleaning the Glass.
LA may be a defensive juggernaut, but Morant is playing 4-D chess at this point.