Rumor has it that Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson is still in the process of finishing this fastbreak against the Utah Jazz. All horses preparing for the 2021 Belmont Stakes must be shaking right now.
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) May 24, 2021
That's got to be one of the slowest transition attacks in the history of the game. Anderson looked so disinclined in using anything that's left of his boosters to get away from the Jazz defenders, who must also be so ashamed of themselves for having allowed the first-ever sloth to play professional basketball score on them during a one-man Grizzlies fastbreak. Derrick Favors needs to get the mother tape of this game and burn it before his grandkids get ahold of it in the future.
Jokes aside, that's “speed” is partly why Anderson is somewhat of a special player for the Grizzlies. He is playing at a position that's expected to be among the speediest on any team, and yet he manages to excel despite having the lateral quickness of a bear that had just been shot by a tranquilizer. To be fair, though, Anderson is not the slowest player in the playoffs, and he's got the stats to back it up. In fact, his average speed in the playoffs is higher than Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma's.
Anderson finished Game 1's 112-109 road win over the Jazz with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, and get this — six steals. He may be slow on his feet, but his hands are something else.
Anderson and the Grizzlies will look to break away further from the Jazz this coming Wednesday at Salt Lake City.