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Ja Morant reacts to Grizzlies’ third straight loss in NBA bubble

Ja Morant, Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant is keeping a positive attitude despite his team’s struggles in the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA regular season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Following back-to-back letdowns against the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers, the Grizzlies lost their third straight game, 109-99, against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

While the consecutive defeats can be disheartening, especially for youth-laden teams, Morant refused to play the blame game and wrote a motivating message instead.

Ja Morant also proved that he is wise beyond his years, giving the perfect response to a Twitter user who criticized his game.

His shooting struggles, however, continued against the Pelicans, scoring just 11 points on 5-for-21 shooting from the field and a disastrous 1-of-10 from downtown. The 20-year-old guard added five boards and eight dimes in 39 minutes of play for the Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-3 Murray State alum was clearly upstaged by fellow rookie Zion Williamson, who finished with 23 points, seven boards and five assists.

Entering the game, both squads were looking for their first bubble win of the season and put them in a good position for that eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Unfortunately, it was the Pelicans who got off to a better start and kept the momentum in their favor for almost the entire 48 minutes.

Morant and the Grizzlies are still barely hanging onto that eighth seed with a 32-36 slate. Playoff-tested teams Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs are currently hot on their trail. With the win, the Pelicans have stayed 2.5 games behind Memphis