Grizzlies: Taylor Jenkins talks how to sustain Jaren Jackson Jr.'s scoring excellence

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Wednesday night, the Memphis Grizzlies may have lost their third straight outing and their fourth in five games in a road tilt against the Houston Rockets but, at this point in the season with a record of 6-17, zeroing in on some of the positive aspects of a contest has proven to be somewhat of a saving grace for Grind City.

In their 117-104 demise, there really weren't all that many joyous takeaways to be had, but the one that caught the attention of every onlooker's eye was the stellar offensive showing of star, Jaren Jackson Jr.

Registering a career-high 44 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field, the big man has found himself on a scoring tear of late, dropping 20 or more points in each of his last five showings.

Though predominantly viewed as a defensive-oriented contributor, this season more than any has exemplified how effective Jackson can be while serving as a focal point weapon on the more glamorous side of the ball and, during a post-game press conference, coach Taylor Jenkins revealed what his plan is to try and help sustain this level of play.

Grizzlies coach dishes on sustaining Jaren Jackson Jr.'s offensive play

"I think he's made a lot of headway this year. Obviously, we've leaned on him and [Desmond Bane] a lot early in the season. As we get Ja [Morant] back [and] other guys the usage rate will change but that's on me to continue making sure that I'm putting him in the right spots and having that healthy balance, using him in pick-and-rolls, using him in these post-iso situations, making the play calls but also some of the times its just organic. Whether he's out on the wing, whether he's coming to the trailer spot his teammates are also setting him up so hopefully they'll continue to build confidence in just finding natural spots for him to be in attack mode."

Taylor Jenkins on Jaren Jackson Jr.

Jenkins would continue on to note that, out of everything, the biggest factor in Jackson's offensive surge of late has been based on "the reads that he's making and the balance at which he's playing on" as well as the "force" with which he's playing with, allowing him to get to "a lot of advantageous spots on the floor and convert at a pretty high rate."

Despite their 1-4 record since December 2, the big has been absolutely lethal in the scoring department over this span, averaging a stellar 33.4 points won 55.6 percent shooting from the floor and 48.5 percent shooting from deep while adding on 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks.

With Ja Morant's expected return just days away, the hope now is that Jackson can continue with his high-end, two-way brand of play moving forward and, with the All-Star duo running alongside rising stud Desmond Bane, help get this Grizzlies squad back to a place of relevancy and, in turn, postseason contention by the time April rolls around.