The series: Memphis remains on its momentum
It won’t go down as their most convincing victory of the huge ongoing series, but it did extend the fun, at home, while taking a little revenge on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who humiliated them two months ago. (138-95). The Memphis Grizzlies of Ja Morant (16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) signed an eleventh success in a row on Thursday evening (116-108), carried by their leader but also by the unexpected performance of their back John Konchar who, in more than the 15 points he scored (6 of 7 shooting), split 17 rebounds, a personal best of course.
« I can’t explain it to you, admitted the main interested party after the game. The ball ended up falling into my hands. “The two teams never cracked during the game, the gap only reaching ten units in the last minutes, in favor of the locals, well helped by a few stray balls from Wolves (15 in total). What spoil the evening for Karl-Anthony Towns (25 points, 9 rebounds), D’Angelo Russell (29 points, 6 assists) and Anthony Edwards (30 points), who were the only three players in their franchise at the level.
Thanks to the best current series in the regular season, Memphis now has 30 wins on the clock (for 14 losses), as many as the Golden State Warriors (11 losses, however), second in the West. After four successes won in the face of little adversity, Minnesota has just chained two setbacks and has a negative balance (20v-22d, 9th).
The slack: the heart was not there for the Nets
Brooklyn did very poorly at home against Oklahoma City, one of the dunces of the season. Without Kevin Durant (rest) or Kyrie Irving (who cannot play the games played at home by the Nets due to his unvaccinated status), Steve Nash’s men quickly made up their minds on their floor and let go. a match they seemed ready to let go (108-130 defeat).
While James Harden (26 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) still blackened his personal stat line, his team’s 41.8% shooting success quickly proved problematic, especially against Shai’s efficiency Gilgeous-Alexander opposite (33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), assisted by Luguentz Dort (27 points) and Australian rookie Josh Giddey (19 points, 7 assists). Third in the East (26v-15d), Brooklyn is only one victory behind Chicago (27v-12d), the leader.
Not very successful, the Los Angeles Clippers sank to the New Orleans Pelicans (113-89). At the break, they were trailing by 19 points (53-34), which left little room for suspense.
The mathematical suite: well-distributed scoring in Denver
16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Here, in order, are the amount of contributions from Zeke Nnaji, Bones Hyland, Facundo Campazzo, Jeff Green, Nikola Jokic and Will Barton, to the huge success of the Denver Nuggets in home against the Portland Trail Blazers (140-108). A crushing victory under the sign of maximum success in shooting (62.7%) and three points (21 out of 42.5%).
The French: more than discreet
Nicholas Batum (6 points to 2 of 5, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) couldn’t do anything to help the Clippers struggle with the Pelicans. For the Memphis Grizzlies, Killian Tillie has integrated the league’s Covid protocol and should therefore be absent for several days. Despite the Thunder’s very large victory in Brooklyn, Théo Maledon was not requested.