Grizzlies’ Ja Morant ‘not worried’ about play-in race after loss to Raptors
The Memphis Grizzlies have not played well in Orlando, falling to 1-5 in the “bubble” after losing to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon, and their playoff chances could be in danger.
However, Grizzlies’ rookie point guard Ja Morant does not feel it is time to panic. Instead, Morant is turning his focus to the team’s final two games (via Eric Woodyard of ESPN):
“I’m not worried about no play-in game right now,” rookie guard Ja Morant said after finishing with 17 points and 10 assists versus Toronto. “Our focus now is learning from our mistakes from this game against the Raptors and try to fix them when we go out and play Boston.”
The San Antonio Spurs are just one game back of the Grizzlies after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, and the Portland Trail Blazers might be just a half-game back if they hold on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
Morant has been tremendously inconsistent in Orlando.
Ja struggled to shoot the ball during the Grizzlies’ first seeding game against the Trail Blazers, but he still posted 22 points and 11 assists. Morant then scored 25 points with nine rebounds and nine assists in a narrow loss to the Spurs. But Ja struggled immensely in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and has also committed 13 turnovers in each of the last three games.
Still, it is hard to pin Memphis’ struggles on Morant.
The Grizzlies had the misfortune of losing Jaren Jackson Jr. to injury, and Jonas Valanciunas has been something of a non-threat on the interior.
Memphis will look to right the ship on Tuesday against the Celtics.