Since the moment he arrived in the spotlight at the college level, Morant has consistently made eye-popping plays with his jaw-dropping athleticism. His name has been compared with some of the best athletes in the history of the game, including Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.
On Wednesday night, Morant was huge in a commanding victory over the Atlanta Hawks, a team that was the 4th seed in the Western Conference. Even though Morant didn’t have a particularly strong game, his impact was felt across the court.
Ja Morant left us with a highlight finish that we’ll be watching for years
The alley-oop finish came when the Grizzlies were on a 3rd-quarter run. They had suffered from an early deficit against the Hawks but came roaring back in the 2nd half. The alley-oop was a reminder that the Grizzlies could do nothing wrong during this stretch of the game.
The fast-break started when Trae Young threw a lazy pass across the top of the 3-point line. Kyle Anderson did what he always does, and jumped out of nowhere to intercept this pass. As the point guard, Morant was already further up the court than anybody else. Even if he wasn’t nobody could match his speed.
When you see Anderson and Morant running down the court with nobody nearby, you know something exciting is about to happen.
Anderson lobbed the ball against the glass, landing it perfectly in Ja Morant’s hands for the two-handed cock-back slam. As Grizzlies commentator Pete Pranica would say: Hammer, nail, coffin.
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This is just another video that will be added to Ja Morant’s highlight reel. In a four-game winning streak, we’ve seen more than a few of these types of highlights out of the Grizzlies, even without a few key contributors in the lineup.
Hopefully, this is one of many lobs that we’ll see Morant finish throughout the remainder of the season. Once Jaren Jackson Jr. returns, we should be seeing many more.