Ja Morant, the star point guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, scored 27 points in his return to the starting lineup on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks. With his impressive performance, Morant helped the Grizzlies extend their winning streak to six games, which is currently the longest active streak in the NBA. Desmond Bane added 25 points for Memphis, and Jaren Jackson Jr. praised the win as “huge.”
Memphis is currently second in the Western Conference, despite having a poor road record of 15-22. However, the back-to-back wins over the weekend suggest the team is gaining crucial momentum in road games during the late season.
Successfully managing stress is exceptionally vital, and Morant took some time away from the team to enter a counseling center in Florida to learn how to deal with it better after serving an eight-game NBA suspension for posting a video in which he was shown waving a gun at a Denver-area strip club while on Instagram live. Although both police and NBA investigations did not find that he broke any league rules or Colorado state laws, Morant was still suspended for ‘conduct detrimental to the league.’
Ja Morant is considered one of the most promising young talents in the NBA, and his performance against the Hawks showed why. His 27 points, six assists, and three rebounds helped the Grizzlies edge out Atlanta by four points. Despite being under close watch by coach Taylor Jenkins, Morant played 29 minutes, and his team was able to hold off the Hawks’ late push to secure the win.
The Grizzlies’ winning streak began with a hard-earned overtime win over San Antonio on March 17. With playoffs around the corner, Memphis’s recent success is a sign that the team is peaking at the right time. As the season approaches its end, Memphis fans remain optimistic that Ja Morant and his fellow teammates will continue their impressive run in the postseason.