Fantasy Basketball: How to play the waiting game with injured NBA stars
Chris Paul - PG, Phoenix SunsOne of the most frustrating situations in fantasy basketball has to be with Chris Paul. The conspiracy theorist in me figured that Paul would return during the Suns' upcoming four-game road trip. Fantasy managers have been patiently waiting for Paul to make it back and on Wednesday they'll get their wish. But for the season, Maxey is 66th in per-game value and 151st in total value after missing a few weeks. Maxey was a top-50 player before getting injured, and fantasy managers would net the most in return by packaging him with a healthy player.wftv.com
Grizzlies All-Star Morant week to week with sprained ankle
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — (AP) — Grizzlies All-Star guard Ja Morant has a sprained left ankle that will keep him out at least a week and possibly longer. Memphis announced Saturday that Morant suffered a Grade 1 sprain during Friday night's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Morant left the 121-110 win late after scoring 19 points and having 11 assists. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said after the game that Morant "tweaked" his ankle with further evaluation of the severity on Saturday. Morant ranks ninth in the NBA averaging 28.6 points a game with Bane ranked 15th at the time of his injury averaging 24.7 points.wftv.com
Bane and Morant score 38 each as Grizzlies beat Nets 134-124
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — (AP) — Ja Morant and Desmond Bane scored 38 points each to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 134-124 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving each scored 37 points for the Nets, Nic Claxton finished with 16 points. Bane scored 19 in the period. Despite Durant’s 17 in the quarter, Memphis outscored the Nets 45-28 in the third. .Entering the game, Bane was 8 of 28 from 3-point range.wftv.com
Ja Morant scores 49 points, Grizzlies beat Rockets 129-122
HOUSTON — (AP) — Ja Morant scored 49 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 129-122 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Bane made just 3 of 16 shots for 14 points and Jones was 4 for 13 with 11 points. Morant scored five points in a 10-0 spurt that gave Memphis a 118-110 lead with six minutes left. Houston made five points with a 3-pointer from Eric Gordon to get within five points with about two minutes to go. Morant had another great game after scoring 34 points in the opener to lead Memphis to a 115-112 overtime victory over the Knicks.wftv.com
"We're coming" young Grizzlies promise after semifinal loss
Grizzlies Warriors Basketball Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) argue with each other during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal in San Francisco, Friday, May 13, 2022. Yes, the Memphis Grizzlies soaked in every lesson to help chase their first NBA championship. They've gone from being knocked out of the playoff chase in the Orlando bubble in August 2020 to earning the No. “We’re young, they’re getting old, so they know we’re coming every single year,” Brooks said. Bane doubled his scoring from his rookie season to 18.2 points and led the Grizzlies in scoring in their first-round series win.wftv.com
Curry, Warriors rally past Grizzlies 101-98 for 3-1 lead
Stephen Curry converted eight free throws over the final 45.7 seconds on the way to 32 points, leading the Golden State Warriors’ fourth-quarter comeback for a 101-98 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Morant, Grizzlies 142-112
Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Klay Thompson had 21 and nine rebounds and the Golden State Warriors shut down Ja Morant’s supporting cast to embarrass the Memphis Grizzlies 142-112 on Saturday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Grizzlies rally again past Wolves 114-106 to reach 2nd round
Grizzlies Timberwolves Basketball Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) celebrates with forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) after the Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 29, 2022, in Minneapolis. With another relentless and resolute finish, the Grizzlies finished off the Timberwolves. Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks each scored 23 points and the Grizzlies rallied yet again to eliminate the Timberwolves, winning 114-106 in Game 6 on Friday night. The Grizzlies advanced in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, this time to meet Golden State, the NBA champions in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The kill shot came soon after for a Wolves team that, like so many others against the Grizzlies this season, was consistently a step and a jump behind on the glass.wftv.com
Grizzlies rally past Wolves 114-106 to reach 2nd round
Grizzlies Timberwolves Basketball Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) in the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 29, 2022, in Minneapolis. The Grizzlies advanced in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, this time to meet Golden State. Jaden McDaniels had 24 points off the bench, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bane then swished another one from deep at 3:03 for a 101-99 lead, the first for the Grizzlies since they were up 39-38. The kill shot came soon after for a Wolves team that, like so many others against the Grizzlies this season, was consistently a step and a jump behind on the glass.wftv.com
Morant's last-second layup gives Grizzlies 3-2 series lead
But he turned it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points — including 9 of 10 at the free-throw line. That left him an open lane into the paint that he’s so rarely had in this series, beating Jarred Vanderbilt with his left hand on an underhanded layup. The Grizzlies opened the game on a 13-2 run and looked liked the team that earned the highest seed in franchise history. The second quarter was a different story, with Minnesota hitting only 1 of 9 outside the arc and leading 55-53 at halftime. Grizzlies: Bane got a technical in the second quarter for shoving Timberwolves coach Chris Finch.wftv.com
Towns, T-wolves rebound to even series with Grizzlies at 2
Grizzlies Timberwolves Basketball Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns reacts after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies early in the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Minneapolis. Morant went 4 for 13 from the floor, and had 11 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out with seven points, and 25 of the Grizzlies' 33 fouls were called their starters. But Tyus Jones had his 3-pointer fall short with 10.5 seconds to go, and Edwards grabbed the rebound. When Towns swished a 3 from the top of the key on the first possession, a jet-like roar followed.wftv.com
Grizzlies claw back from 26 down, beat Wolves in Game 3
Tyus Jones hit two dagger 3-pointers against his former team down the stretch, and the Grizzlies seized back home-court advantage. They stunned a Wolves team that won Game 1 on the road 130-117, but took an ugly 124-96 loss in Game 2. After the NBA's highest-scoring team made only 30 field goals in Game 2 to match a season low, the Wolves hit only 33 in Game 3. HARD SHIFTThe Grizzlies used a 23-4 run over the final 10:28 of the second quarter to make a game of this. TIP-INSGrizzlies: Kyle Anderson started for the Grizzlies in place of Steven Adams, who was dominated by Towns in Game 1 and played only 3 minutes in Game 2.wftv.com
Grizzlies rout Timberwolves 124-96 to tie series at 1 apiece
Ja Morant scored 23 points and handed out 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies looked much more like the team that posted the NBA’s second-best record, routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-96 to even up their first-round Western Conference series at 1 apiece.
Timberwolves stun Grizzlies, grab Game 1 with 130-117 win
Anthony Edwards scored 36 points in his postseason debut, and the seventh-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies 130-117 to grab home-court advantage in the opener of their first-round Western Conference series.
Ja Morant returns to help Grizzlies rout Pelicans, 141-114
Ja Morant had 21 points and nine assists in his return from soreness in his right knee, Dillon Brooks scored 23 points and the Memphis Grizzlies routed the New Orleans Pelicans 141-114 on Saturday night to tie the 2012-13 franchise record for victories in a season at 56.
Bane leads Grizzlies past Nets as Irving scores 43 points
Irving scored 43 points and Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds. Memphis squandered a double-digit lead in the second half but pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Brooklyn 29-16. The Grizzlies lead 76-62 at halftime and by 15 points early in the third quarter, but Brooklyn relied on Durant and Irving to chip away. The win was Memphis’ 50th of the season, the fourth time Memphis has won that many and the first since 2014-15. ... Bane made six 3-pointers, moving him past Mike Miller for the most 3s by a Grizzlies player in a season.wftv.com
Mavs rout Grizzlies 112-85, ending Memphis' winning streak
Ja Morant led Memphis with 19 points and eight assists, Desmond Bane had 16 points, and Kyle Anderson added 12. While Memphis was on a franchise-best winning streak, the Mavericks were playing well. Before losing 108-85 at New York on Wednesday night, Dallas had clicked off six straight victories. Dallas gained a bit of a cushion in the second half, starting the third quarter shooting better than the first half. Grizzlies: The Grizzlies had swept three back-to-backs in the streak.wftv.com
Randle, Rose lead Knicks to win over Grizzlies
Knicks Grizzlies Basketball New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) shoots ahead of Memphis Grizzlies guard De'Anthony Melton (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, May 3, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) (Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — (AP) — Julius Randle scored 28 points, Derrick Rose added 25, converting 11 of 15 shots and the New York Knicks held off the Memphis Grizzlies 118-104 on Monday night. RJ Barrett added 15 points for the Knicks. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 15 points for the Grizzlies. With the win, the Knicks are assured of their first winning record in a season since going 54-28 in 2012-13. Jackson and Bane had 11 points each for Memphis, which couldn’t keep pace with the Knicks shooting accuracy despite the Grizzlies shooting 55.6% in the period.wftv.com
Davis propels Lakers past Grizz 115-105 for 7th straight win
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, goes to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies center Xavier Tillman defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES – Anthony Davis scored 35 points and LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' seventh consecutive victory, 115-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points for Los Angeles, which extended its longest win streak in a year even after falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter. The Lakers had their fourth straight terrible start on their homestand, but they took their first lead late in the third quarter. Lakers: Alex Caruso had two points and six assists in his return from a two-game absence with a hand injury.
James leads Lakers past Grizzlies to open 2-game set
James had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Anthony Davis added 17 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers opened a two-game set in Memphis with a 108-94 victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday night. “We were doing a lot of jostling with Memphis,” James said, “At the start of the fourth, I wanted to try and implement myself and my scoring a little bit more. After surrendering 36 points in the first quarter, the Lakers held the Grizzlies to 18, 21, and 19 over the final three periods. …G Alex Caruso missed his fourth game under the health and safety protocol. Gasol played 10-plus seasons with the Grizzlies.