Jaren Jackson Jr., «the key» of the Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies saved their first match-ball of the Conference Semifinals series on Wednesday. And they did it in a big way: thrashing the Golden State Warriors in a game in which they came to enjoy a 55-point lead.

Beyond the bulky results that were reflected in the third and fifth games, the tie has shown a very even level, with constant alternatives and small details that have finally returned a 3-2 advantage in favor of those from Bahia, although well It could be the favorable result for those in Memphis.

While it is true that the main value of the Grizzlies lies in their magnificent collective performance, several components of the locker room led by Taylor Jenkins see Jaren Jackson Jr. as that differential piece to put the Warriors in trouble. «He has been the key,» his partner Dillon Brooks told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “They have no one who can defend him. No one to stop him. He needs to keep demanding the ball. The Warriors will have to adjust and make double assists fast. So he will have to learn to pass the ball to get shots for his teammates. I’m trying to tell him to stay this aggressive. It’s a constant mismatch for every player who marks him.»

The midfielders have taken the reins at various stages of the series despite their foul troubles, fueled by the absence of Ja Morant in the last two games. Thus, his averages against Golden State have risen to 20.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 29.8 minutes per night.

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