Ja Morant doesn’t take too lightly of the Memphis Grizzlies fans bashing his teammates, says they can root for another team.
Seeing Ja Morant acting as the vocal leader the Grizz need him to be, in only his sophomore year, has been great to witness. Standing up for teammates during a loss that could’ve more or less been prevented is a great sign of a leader. It’s clear the Grizzlies locker room respects him enough to take on that role.
In a game that could affect the standings out West when it comes to who gets to snag the 6th seed to stay out of the play-in tournament, the Dallas Mavericks made their way to the FedExForum center in Memphis to face off against Ja Morant and the Grizzlies.
With both teams having posted up extremely similar team stats when it came to field goals made, 3FGs made and rebounds, the game was poised to come down to the wire, and it did. Down 2, Luka Doncic threw up a wild floater with a second left in the game to put the Mavs up, 114-113, to win it all at the buzzer.
Memphis Grizzlies fans were less than pleased with an MVP-caliber player like Luka getting an ‘open’ look from 3, and began taking to social media to bash the Grizzlies. Morant clearly did not think too much of this.
Ja Morant takes to Twitter to shut down trolling Grizzlies fans
Ja Morant immediately retaliated back at Grizzlies trolls. He took to Twitter to say, “If you’re a Grizz fan and you’re bashing any of my teammates, go cheer for another team. Boys played their a** off tonight and were the reason we were in a position to win the game.”
if you a grizz fan & you’re bashing any of my teammates. go cheer for another team. 💯 boys played their ass off tonight. the reason we were in position to win the game.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) April 15, 2021
The Memphis Grizzlies have perhaps the most players on a roster who can competently play the game of basketball at a relatively high level. Even rookies like Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman have proven their worth early on.
Sure the Grizz did have a couple of botched possessions on both ends of the floor last night, which ultimately led to the Mavs comeback late in the game, but overall, the team played well for the first 46 minutes. That would be the optimistic way to look at this loss.
The pessimistic side of this debacle would be the fact that the Grizzlies have not been all too great in the clutch, letting games like this slip away. If they remained consistent throughout the 48 minutes of a game, perhaps they would not have even been in the play-in and would be fighting for the 6th seed.