Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies were just booted out of the eighth spot in the West after Damian Lillard, and the Blazers beat the Mavs.
The majority of the teams in the bubble are down to their final one to two games for the seeding stage. Most of the matchups are already set. However, the last spot in the West will be a toss-up until the final day.
The Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns, and the Spurs all have their chances for the play-in rights. The race will come down to the final buzzer to determine who deserves the eighth spot the most.
Ja Morant and the Grizzlies are in trouble
Even before the bubble started, the eighth spot in the West has been for the Grizzlies to lose. Their strength and grit have been downplayed even before the season started. In other words, no one expected them to reach this far. Be that as it may, when they needed their signature playing style to come out, that was when it vanished.
As a result, they just lost their position in the West. The Portland Trailblazers, behind Damian Lillard, have been on a mission. As such, they just blazed past the Grizzlies and booted them from their originally comfortable spot. Now, the Grizzlies must win their final game against the holder of the league’s best record, Milwaukee Bucks.
The scenario they are in now is tricky. If they lose and the teams behind them win, the Grizzlies will most definitely end their season early. ESPN has the scenarios played here to determine who gets the eighth and ninth seed in the West.
What happened to them?
The schedule of the Grizzlies wasn’t easy. They started their seeding match with a loss in an overtime thriller against the now eighth-seeded Trailblazers. It was then followed by consecutive losses against the Spurs, Pelicans, and the Jazz. After this, they got a breather with a blowout win versus the Thunder, but never found the same rhythm in their next two games with matchups against the Raptors and the Celtics.
Ja Morant had this to say for their last game versus the Bucks,
“I feel like every game we’ve played as the underdog. We were projected to be 27th this year, and we’re here. So that’s how we’ve been attacking every game, so I feel like our next game will be no different.”
He is right to say that they have been underdogs for most of the season. However, they’ve shown what they’re capable of doing and need to bring the same in their last matchup. Fortunately, they’ll get a break as Giannis may not suit the match after headbutting Mo Wagner.
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