Ugh, that first half The Toronto Raptors played some of their ugliest basketball of the season in the first half last night. It really seemed like the injuries and mismatched lineups, not to mention their propensity for fouling, was catching up to them in a big way. Thankfully the second half was much better — the Raps actually won the half 43-40 and shot an OK 42%.
The Grizzlies, once again, took care of business to get a huge road win over Toronto — where they haven’t won prior since 2013. It was a collective effort on the offensive end once again, with all 10 players getting in the scoring column. However, it was an even bigger team effort on defense — as the Grizzlies totaled 23 stocks (steals + blocks).
In the Grizzlies’ two games without Ja so far, Jaren has averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, and 2.5 threes as the Grizzlies have won both games. The Grizzlies may be without the face of the franchise, but in the meantime Jaren seems to be set on reminding people that he was once considered to be the future face of the franchise. Throughout much of this year, Jaren has definitely demonstrated some tantalizing flashes, but he’s been frustratingly inconsistent.