The duel of two teams that have not won in the NBA match continued, the New Orleans Pelicans against the Memphis Grizzlies presented, Monday, August 3, 2020, local time. Even though the ranking in the standings is below the Grizzlies, Pelicans actually appear quite dominant. Along with the no longer limited minutes to play Zion Williamson, Pelicans always close each quarter with a superior position to win 109-99.
Zion, who in the two previous games played a total of 29 minutes, played 25 minutes this time and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Zion is quite aggressive with 21 shots attempting to be the most in the team and equaling the most trials in the game (same as Ja Morant).
Even though it’s special, Zion is not the top score in this game. Brandon Ingram is the player with the most points after packing 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ingram put in 8/16 shots (50 percent). JJ Redick who fell from the bench scored 16 points. Jrue Holiday and Josh Hart followed each with 15 points.
Jaren Jackson Jr. lead the Grizzlies with 22 points. Jonas Valanciunas is the only player with double in this game after scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dillon Brooks followed with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
The best NBA ruki candidate, Ja Morant, posted 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Unfortunately, Ja failed to find his best shot after only entering 5/21 shots (24 percent). Grayson Allen leads the reserve line with 17 points while Brandon Clarke completes the list with 10 points plus 8 rebounds.
These results further add to the heat of competition for the one remaining playoff place in the Western Region. The Grizzlies are still ranked eighth, but the 11th-ranked Pelicans are now only three wins away. The Grizzlies’ third straight loss in the “bubble” also narrowed their distance with the two San Antoni Spurs senior teams and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Next, Grizzlies will meet Utah Jazz, day after tomorrow, local time. The day after, Pelicans will meet fellow playoff competitors, Sacramento Kings.