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August 13, 2020

Spurs vs Grizzlies: Some things to watch

The Memphis Grizzlies will face the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth time this season. Grizzlies had a 2-1 advantage on which Ja Morant scored 22 points and dished 14 assists to route the Spurs in their last game.

This time the Spurs are very different base on rotation who scored a tough win against the Sacramento Kings 129-120 in NBA restarts opener.

These are some of the things we must watch when they collide at 4ET.

Ja Morant vs Derrick White and Dejounte Murray

Morant made a career game against the Spurs last January 11. The rookie scored on ease while finding teammates. It was given that time as the Spurs employed Bryn Forbes next to Murray and put White off the bench. With a limited minute for both guys. Ja Morant is almost locked in for the rookie of the year award but he wants his team to reach the playoff that they did three years ago. Still, Ja Morant can play efficiently with the much improved good perimeter defender that will follow him all night? The Spurs defense is awful but Murray and White are great on defense individually.

Will DeMar DeRozan still on fire with his game?

DeRozan played big in the first three games both teams meet. He’s subpar on the first one with 12/7/7, on the second one that Spurs won DeRozan got 26/3/10 on 10 made field goals out of 11 tries. The last one is 36/9/9 in a loss. With his explosion in the last game against the Kings, will DeMar DeRozan lead the Spurs to win the second consecutive game? Without an inside presence of LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs will rely more on his leadership and production.

Can the Spurs stop Jaren Jackson Jr?

The fourth pick overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018 scored a total of 70 points thru three games. He made 15 threes out of 22 attempts. With DeMar DeRozan playing as a power forward, will Memphis take advantage of the paint for Jackson? The Spurs were outnumbered with only Jakob Poeltl is the legitimate center of the team. Or Jackson will continue to wait for the basket in the arc which he already proved.

Grizzlies vs Spurs young

The Spurs is the youngest team with an average of 26 years old per game. While Memphis group of guys are playing good enough to win. Brandon Clarke has a season that could be a lock for Rookie All Team. While for San Antonio, Keldon Johnson is making his case to be the steal of the 2019 NBA draft.

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