Grizzlies returning to Grit ‘N’ Grind approach after 0-4 start in bubble
The restart of the 2019-20 NBA season is in full swing at Disney’s bubble complex in Florida. Some teams are surging, while others are struggling to find a rhythm. The Memphis Grizzlies, for instance, have gone winless inside the bubble, and the team is looking to get back on track.
The Grizzlies are currently holding the eighth and final spot in the hunt for the Western Conference Playoffs — but only just. In fact, their lead over ninth-place Portland is down to just half a game. Memphis has four games left to play before the start of the postseason, and the schedule won’t help much at all (Thunder, Rockets, Celtics and Bucks).
Still, Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant says he’s staying focused, and he’s ignoring the outside pressure.
“Media’s going to [say], ‘Oh well, they had this lead. Now they have this lead. Somebody’s coming to take it,'” Morant said. “We can’t pay attention to that, because that will lead to us trying to put pressure on us, which we don’t have to. We’re learning from everything we’re going through right now. We still have four games to play, and we’re just going to attack those four games.”
Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks admitted that it will take a lot of grit and grind to maintain their spot in postseason seedings:
“All of us want to make it to somewhere we’ve never been,” Brooks said. “That’s going to take a lot of heart, a lot of grit. We’ve got to grind it out, but like everyone says, it’s hard to make it to the playoffs. We’re seeing that now.”
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Friday with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tip-off inside the bubble is set for 4:00 p.m. ET, with NBA TV having live broadcast coverage. Without a doubt, Memphis needs a win.