The Memphis Grizzlies have officially completed the first half of their season. Looking back, it’s been a great ride so far. We’ve learned a lot about guys on this team who didn’t have high expectations.
They finished the first half of the year on a heartbreaking loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. If not for some questionable officiating, this could have easily been a win. But the calls didn’t go their way and they barely lost, still putting up a strong performance.
Each and every player has matured in just over 30 games, and this team has to have a ton of confidence going into the the NBA All-Star break.
Ja Morant has been steadily improving, Jonas Valanciunas has been holding things down in the paint, and Kyle Anderson has had a breakout year at the small forward position. Even Justise Winslow has given this team a jolt of excitement after returning from injury.
The Memphis Grizzlies have impressed, but have challenges ahead
But this team isn’t done yet, not even close. In fact, the real challenge begins after the All-Star break. Everything that this team has built up will have to take a step back with the return of Jaren Jackson Jr.
Team chemistry will take a hit, the rotation will change, and the entire game plan will shift. Do we believe in Taylor Jenkins to make this a smooth transition?
So far, the answer has to be yes. He has done a great job adjusting when times get tough, leading this team to a successful first half of the season without a star player. Don’t expect things to be great immediately, but this team should be in a position to produce come playoff time.
Here are 3 goals for the remainder of the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2021 season.