The Memphis Grizzlies took down the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and they're officially moving on to face the Golden State Warriors in the next round of the playoffs.
Ja Morant looked like his superstar self in a few of those games, but there were times he struggled against the Timberwolves.
In Game 6, he put up 17 points on just 4-of-14 shooting, but he got to the free-throw line and converted nine of his 12 attempts.
What is encouraging, though, is that Morant remained aggressive and made it a point to attack the rim. When defenses see Morant driving down the lane with a head full of steam, it keeps defenses on their toes, which opens things up for the rest of the team.
Because of that, Morant was also able to average 10.5 assists per game throughout the first round.
The Grizzlies are a team that will grind you out and make it difficult in each and every possession, which is why the Warriors will need to make a habit out of playing until the final whistle, no matter how big their lead is.
"We've been down double-digits plenty of times and came back and won," Morant said. "We know the game is not over until there are zeros on the scoreboard at the end of the fourth quarter."
After all, the Grizzlies were able to come all the way back from 25 points down against the Timberwolves and win the game.
The Grizzlies will also need to be ready to throw their best defenders out on the perimeter and look out for when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole either have the ball in their hands or when they're moving off the ball to get open looks.
The rise of Desmond Bane
This postseason, Desmond Bane has been huge for the Grizzlies - he's averaged 23.5 points on nearly 50 percent shooting from the field and from three.
"If you ask me, the MVP of this series is this guy right here," Morant said of Bane. "Time and time again, he came up big-time. He hit some big-time shots for us, even kept us in the game, and gave us a lead."
Bane gives the Grizzlies the 3-point specialist they so desperately need to help space the floor for rim attackers like Morant and guys like Jaren Jackson Jr, who get a ton of their offense inside.
It's going to go a long way to help the Grizzlies match up with the Warriors' 3-point attack, as they're going to need to make their fair share of 3-pointers to keep up with them.
Expect this series to be a fun one, as it could go as deep as six or seven games!
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