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Justin Holiday feeling comfortable with Grizzlies after initial struggles

Justin Holiday, Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies wing Justin Holiday struggled mightily immediately after coming over to the Grizzlies in an early January trade with the Chicago Bulls, shooting just 28 percent from the floor and 23.2 percent from 3-point range in his first 15 games in Memphis.

However, since then, Holiday has appeared to regain his form and has developed into a valuable member of the Grizzlies’ rotation, and Holiday says it was just a matter of getting used to his new surrounding:

“You want to come in and do well and help the team,” Holiday said, according to Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic. “That was the biggest thing for me, and feeling like you’re being a burden at times, which, it is what it is, but that was the hardest thing for me. Not playing at the level I normally do. But understanding that it comes with being traded. I just knew it was going to take time so it was just being patient and allowing myself to understand what we want to do here and allow myself to be helped.”

This month, the 29-year-old is averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.

“If I know the ins and outs of everyone’s position, where they’re supposed to be, that’s the player I am,” Holiday said. “I know everybody’s position in a play. So now I’m getting to the point where I know that and now I’m comfortable. If I know everything that’s going on, I’m good.”

Holiday is in his sixth NBA season and has played for six different teams.