Before I get too excited as a Grizzlies fan, it’s important to remember that this is the Detroit Pistons. That being said, this game started out as well as anybody could have asked. Kyle Anderson kicked things off with a vintage slow motion three ball. Jonas Valanciunas was feasting down low and Ja Morant was playing aggressively.
But most notably, De’Anthony Melton was shot out of a cannon in the first quarter. In his first 48 seconds in the game, he hit a three, secured a rebound, and snagged a steal, reminding us why we call him “Mr. Do Something.”
But the Pistons would push back. They wouldn’t take the lead for the remainder of the game, but they stuck around. For a while, it was looking like the Grizzlies were trying to blow a lead. But they persevered. They didn’t look like a young team, closing out yet another close game.
Morant got into early foul trouble, but bounced back with an overall strong game. He didn’t shoot well, but he got to the foul line and was destroying the Pistons with a lethal floater. It was great to see him bounce back after a slow start.
The Pistons just didn’t have the talent to beat the Grizzlies today
The entire game, the Pistons looked like they wanted to win. The problem presented by the Grizzlies was their ability to overpower Detroit down low and out-talent the team from the Motor City all over the court. The Grizzlies played a great defensive game throughout, creating turnovers all day and picking up a few blocks down the stretch in the second half.
Memphis was also able to limit production from the Pistons’ rising star, Jerami Grant. This was something that the Grizzlies had to be worried about after watching Grant drop 43 points in his last game. Thankfully, Taylor Jenkins came up with a good game plan to slow down the Pistons’ best player right now.
Even though it looked close, Ja Morant and company took care of business, giving this team a winning record. Here are 3 takeaways from the Grizzlies win vs. the Detroit Pistons.