Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Atlanta Hawks (11-9) play against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-10) at FedExForum

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Friday November 26, 2021

Atlanta Hawks 132, Memphis Grizzlies 100 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Yu Fu @YuFuTroy
Hawks’ve been beating people lately AM

Clint Capela @CapelaClint
I GUESS THAT’S HOW WE FEEL!! 7W in the Row Let’s go !!! AM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
More testing to come on Ja Morant’s left knee and that’ll give the Grizzlies a clearer sense of the sprain’s severity. Once that’s done, Memphis will know better a timetable on a return. Morant’s had a monster season — and he will be back to complete it. – 12:08 AM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Gonzaga and Duke are playing a completely different sport than Memphis. Level of execution is so high. Tigers have so much improving to do to be able to be on the same floor as either of them. – 12:06 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Give me your Ja Morant injury status relief gifs. PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Ja Morant news is phenomenal compared with what it looked like it might be. A left knee sprain is the initial diagnosis after imaging, which will keep him out for some weeks, you’d expect. But hopefully not months, or the season, which certainly looked possible. – 11:58 PM
Ja Morant @JaMorant
appreciate da love & prayers 🖤🤞🏽 – 11:54 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Just got an email about Ja Morant from the Grizzlies – 11:54 PM
Ja Morant @JaMorant
God da greatest – 11:54 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Ja Morant suffered a left knee sprain upon preliminary imagining, according to the Memphis Grizzlies. More details to come later. – 11:53 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Memphis Grizzlies say preliminary imaging on Ja Morant revealed a knee sprain. – 11:52 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Grizzlies’ Ja Morant has left knee sprain, per initial exams. – 11:52 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Ja Morant has a left knee sprain, team says. – 11:52 PM
Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
The @Memphis Grizzlies provided the following medical update on Ja Morant: PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
TJ Otzelberger and Iowa State will return from Brooklyn with wins over two ranked teams: Memphis and Xavier.
As I said yesterday, Otzelberger is the ideal fit in Ames. Right, @Georges Niang? – 11:41 PM
Eli Savoie @Eli560
Grizzlies lose by 32 and Ja gets hurt. Tigers lose by 19. We await news on severity of the injury, but this has to go down as one worst nights of Memphis basketball in recent history PM
Ja Morant @JaMorant
⏳🥷🏽 – 11:25 PM
Ja Morant @JaMorant
blessed 🙏🏽 – 11:25 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Devonte Graham doing his best Jaren Jackson Jr. impersonation. Unbelievable. – 11:25 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Devonte Graham hits a 3 to put the Pellies up 98-97. Nearly the same plot as in the Grizzlies game. Jazz have just 1.3 seconds left to answer. – 11:24 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
And while Paolo Banchero is doing his thing in Vegas, Iowa State is running Memphis out of Barclays.
Cyclones up 66-47 with 5:11 left. – 11:23 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
It is quite the comparison watching Iowa State execute in the half court compared to Memphis. You see so much more structure, more cuts, flow, more intent from Iowa State than Memphis. The Tigers stand around a lot, maybe one guy cuts, you’ll see a drive into traffic, that’s it. – 11:20 PM
David Cobb @DavidWCobb
Memphis bigs Jalen Duren and Malcom Dandridge have taken a combined total of four shots with 5:43 left vs. Iowa State.
That should never happen. You’ve got quality post players. Play through them. – 11:19 PM
Solomon Hill @solohill
you gotta remember, everyone wasn’t raised like you. – 11:15 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
What a Friday night for Memphis sports PM
Trae Young @TheTraeYoung
❄️ It’s the start of Winter..!
7X😤 #WeMove PM

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Anything at this point on Morant’s status is speculation, but Jaren Jackson Jr.’s mood, postgame, suggests he doesn’t think it’s a small thing. – 11:03 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks scored a season-high 132 points tonight on 52-89 FG (.584 FG%), 13-27 3FG (.481 3FG%) and a season-high 33 assists.
Atlanta’s 32-point margin of victory is its largest this season and is tied for its largest since 11/15/17 vs. SAC (+46, 126-80). – 10:41 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
On the 3rd quarter struggles, Tyus Jones said the Hawks hit them first. They were able to get downhill into the paint, and they used that for floaters, 3’s, and their lob threats – 10:39 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Tyus Jones said it’s a next man up approach, as the team finds out the news with Ja. He said he’ll do his job to make sure his guys are ready – 10:39 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
“…Seeing the way that [Ja Morant] went off the floor, you know, kind of sent shockwaves through the team…”
“So definitely, you know, the mojo was kind of lost.”
-Coach Jenkins on Ja Morant’s injury – 10:37 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
“All we know right now is it’s an injury to his left knee…”
-Coach Jenkins on Ja Morant injury
Jenkins added that Ja will get imaging done and that he is praying and hoping for the best. – 10:34 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins postgame recap:
– All they know is left knee injury for Ja (imaging on the way)
– The mojo was a bit lost after the injury, and Hawks got hot
– Hawks had their way on the boards and played with force – 10:31 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Atlanta extends its winning streak to seven with tonight’s win – the longest active streak in the East and second longest in the NBA.
Over those seven wins, the Hawks are averaging 120.4 PPG, .521 FG%, .417 3FG% and 27.0 APG. Atlanta’s winning by an average of +17.3 PPG. – 10:30 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant exited tonight’s game with a left knee injury. He’ll be getting a MRI to diagnose the severity of the injury. That and more in tonight’s quick recap of the game: PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC’s last 5 games were against playoff teams the Bucks, Celtics, Hawks, Jazz and Wizards.
Average margin of loss: 6.6 points.
Fun, competitive losses where the young core shows out. Thunder are nailing this rebuild season. – 10:20 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant will undergo an MRI tonight on his left knee to determine severity of injury, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 10:14 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kemba Walker said he is not sure whether he will play tomorrow in Atlanta on the second game of a back to back. – 10:14 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Dieng with a rare 1000% usage rate here in the fourth. Shot coming! – 10:13 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
No one need a point guard more than Penny Hardaway and Memphis. – 10:07 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
John Konchar with his 3rd 3 tonight 😎 – 10:06 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Per Hawks PR, Trae Young is the first player with consecutive 30p/10a games this season. – 10:05 PM
Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
These Memphis turnovers. It’s almost comical. Almost. – 10:03 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Memphis has outscored the Hawks’ bench, 19-4, in 4Q. – 10:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Trae Young has posted back-to-back 30+ point / 10+ assist outings (11/24 at SAS, 11/26 at MEM).
Per @EliasSports, Young is the first player to notch back-to-back 30+ point / 10+ assist games this season and the first since Giannis Antetokounmpo did so on 3/13/21 and 3/15/21. – 10:00 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
This bench mob of Konchar, Culver, Tillie, Aldama, Tillman bringing a tad bit of life here – 10:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Trae Young (31 PTS, 10 AST) has posted his NBA-leading fourth 30+ point / 10+ assist game of the season. Since the 2018-19 season, Young has 35 30/10 games – the most in the last four seasons.
He’s currently tied with Larry Bird for 15th-most 30/10 games in NBA history. – 9:54 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
y’all are missing the John Konchar game – 9:52 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
the Grizzlies open the quarter with Konchar, Culver, Tillie, Santi, and Tillman – 9:51 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
Re: Ja Morant: No obvious MOI but he appears to be favoring medial aspect of knee (MCL/medial meniscus?). He does have a history of loose bodies in the knee, having undergone a previous scope on the opposite knee. – 9:49 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
end of 3rd
hawks 105
grizz 66 – 9:48 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Clint Capela has recorded his third 20+ point / 15+ rebound outing of the season and 31st of his career.
Capela currently has 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal. – 9:45 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Grizzlies’ Ja Morant leaves game with ugly knee injury…9:42 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Richaun Holmes is not with the Kings in Los Angeles due to a non-covid related illness, but there is hope he will be able to rejoin the team in Memphis for Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies. – 9:40 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant has returned to the bench. He is in black sweats. – 9:40 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
On today’s episode of “what happened to the Grizzlies defense?” … – 9:33 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Mid-second quarter, Morant, in a black hoodie, rejoins the Grizzlies on the bench. – 9:32 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
29-point game, timeout Memphis – 9:31 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Grizzlies Ja Morant left tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks late in the first quarter after appearing to suffer a knee injury.
➡️ PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
I know everybody is hoping @Ja Morant is going to be okay.…9:23 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Tyus Jones is starting the 2nd half – 9:22 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks scored 62 points in tonight’s opening half on 24-43 shooting from the floor (.558 FG%).
Atlanta has now scored 60-or-more points in the first half in its last four games and five of its last six. – 9:21 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
As you’d expect, Tyus Jones started second half for Grizzlies. Down 62-48 to Atlanta. – 9:21 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final: Suns 118, Knicks 97.
Knicks fall to 10-9 on the season. Next up: in Atlanta tomorrow night.
• Walker 17-3-2
• Quickley 16-2-4
• Randle 9-6-4
• Booker 32 pmts, 14-27 FGs
Suns with seven players in double figures.
Knicks shoot 37-31-77. Suns: 56-46-81. – 9:21 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Knicks, who will be in ATL tomorrow, are taking it on the chin at home vs. the Suns.
The bright spot for them is that Barrett and Randle were the only ones to play 30 minutes (or anything close to it). – 9:13 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
hawks 62
grizzlies 48
Trip: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
Brooks: 10 points, 3 rebounds
Bane: 9 points, 1 steal, 1 block
Melton: 8 points, 2 steals, 1 block
Jones: 7 points, 2 assists – 9:07 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
A couple nights after allowing 71 1st-half pts & 61% shooting in Memphis, Raptors surrender 66 pts on 58% through 24 mins in Indy.
VanVleet’s been awesome again, and some good stuff from Siakam/Trent offensively, but the Raps are gonna need another inspired 2nd-half effort on D. – 9:04 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Grizzlies calling it a left knee injury for Ja Morant, who won’t return tonight. Worst case scenario would be an Achilles, so the fact that it’s not listed as an ankle injury might be a tiny bit of good news. I’m reaching here, to be fair. – 9:00 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Tony Allen asks Grizzlies to postpone jersey retirement…9:00 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Hawks passing up some open looks tonight – Bogi/Huerter there – 9:00 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Clint Capela has been the most impactful player in MEM-ATL to this point. – 9:00 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Oh, they’re saying left knee injury for Ja Morant. He will not return to this one. – 8:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grizzlies announced Ja Morant is OUT for the rest of the night with a left knee injury. – 8:59 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Ja Morant has a left knee injury and will not return to the game. – 8:59 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
With his 11th point tonight, Clint Capela has notched his team-leading 14th double-double of the season.
Capela has recorded 10+ rebounds in nine straight contests and in 73 of his 83 games as an Atlanta Hawk. – 8:59 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Hoping that’s just a minor ankle injury for Ja Morant. – 8:57 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
* @Chris_Smoove voice* PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Ja Morant left tonight’s game and was helped to the locker room. Morant has been playing at an All-Star level for the Grizzlies ranking eighth in points (25.3), ninth in player efficiency rating (24.9), and 11th in assists (7.1) and steals (1.7) per game. PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
After going 0-8 from three, Dillon Brooks knocks down the first three-pointer for the Grizzlies! – 8:42 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
quick 7 to start the 2nd quarter.
quicker than we can type this tweet tbh. – 8:42 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Ja Morant gets stepped on right foot, but looks like his injury is to his left leg/ankle/knee. PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That defense from Ziaire Williams on Trae at the end of the 1st was probably his best 1v1 defense all season – 8:40 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
Us: 21 | @Jaryd Wilson: 29
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
end of 1st
hawks 29
grizzlies 21
Brooks: 7 points
Trip: 4 points, 3 rebounds
Tyus: 4 points – 8:38 PM
Yu Fu @YuFuTroy
those Trae Young high floaters🧐🧐🧐 – 8:37 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Cam puts the Hawk in Hawks on defense. Disruptive. – 8:37 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Ja Morant exits the game with an injury. Hope this isn’t serious. Kings play in Memphis on Sunday. PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Ja Morant’s injury was kind of a weird one. Collins moved over to double him on defense, Ja looked like he stepped on Collins’ foot with his right foot but as he was hopping to his left foot and he seemed to be grabbing his left knee as a result. – 8:35 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Looked like Morant knocked knees with John Collins. – 8:34 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Grizzlies star Ja Morant got helped to the locker room, putting no pressure on his left leg. He limped off the floor in the middle of a play in obvious pain. – 8:32 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
melt doing melt stuff in the most melt way possible. PM

Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Oh no, Ja Morant looked like he twisted his ankle then immediately hobbled off the court and is headed to the locker room. – 8:29 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
nooooooooooo Ja Morant was just carried to the locker room. – 8:29 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant is heading back to the locker room… not entirely sure what happened PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant just limped to the bench. He is down on the ground. Looks like it’s his left ankle. – 8:28 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Is there a rule prohibiting Ja Morant from doing anything offensively? Never seen the Grizzlies go out of their way to avoid him like they have so far tonight. – 8:26 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton in for Jaren Jackson and Dillon Brooks out of the timeout – 8:22 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Morant guarding Trae Young early (not vice versa). Young scored or assisted on 4 of first 5 Hawks buckets. – 8:22 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Great back door back action from Bogi as the Hawks are shredding with the pick and roll offensively. – 8:20 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Steven Adams is a master at clamping his man when a teammate drives near the rim but not in the figurative way. – 8:19 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Ja Morant setting a high pick for Jaren Jackson Jr. Haven’t seen that much. Jaren got tot eh rim and scored. – 8:16 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Kevin Huerter is getting the first crack at guarding Ja Morant. – 8:13 PM
Jason Walker @JasonWalkerNBA
Which PF can stay out of foul trouble best tonight, Collins or JJJ? – 8:12 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Was just reliably informed that Steven Adams leads the NBA in jump balls won this season – 8:11 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
okay now let’s hoop @Jaryd Wilson
📺 @GrizzOnBally
📻 @929espn PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Dillon Brooks gets the Grizzlies on the board for the 1st bucket of the game! – 8:11 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
A pregame reminder that we love you grizz gang. PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
first five tonight vs. @Jaryd Wilson
🥷 @Ja Morant
🎯 @Dillon Brooks
⬆️ @Desmond Bane
🦄 @Jaren Jackson Jr.
🥝 @RealStevenAdams
@Verizon | #GrzNxtGen PM
Clay Bailey @claybailey9
Your starters for Hawks vs. Grizz.
ATL: Kevin Huerter, John Collins, Capela, Bogdanovic and Trae Young.
Grizz start Dillon Brooks, JJJ, Ja, Adams and Desmond Bane – 7:56 PM
Clay Bailey @claybailey9
Here are your officials for tonight’s post-Thanksgiving tilt between the Hawks and the Grizzlies: Sean Wright, Michael Smith and Danielle Scott. These would have been endorsed by @badunclep if he wasn’t in turkey hibernation. – 7:54 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
I’ve got a quick break so @Chris Herrington is covering the game tonight.
Working on some more good Grizz stuff. In the meantime, a feature on the city’s star of the show, Ja Morant:…7:48 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
starting 5’s on both sides
hawks: trae – huerter – bogdanovic – collins – capela
grizzlies: ja – bane – brooks – jackson – adams – 7:48 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
A first game he will never forget @Ja Morant 💙 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant with some outside work in the corner pocket before tonight’s game PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Trae Young, who posted his NBA-leading third 30+ point / 10+ assist outing on 11/24 (34th career), has poured in 30-or-more points in back-to-back contests.
Young is the only player in the NBA to be averaging at least 25.0 PPG and 9.0 APG. – 7:26 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
the post turkey day fits are all gravy
@cintronworld | #GrzNxtGen PM

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trae Young are good to go for tonight’s game – 6:57 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Clint Capela enters tonight’s game ranked No. 2 in offensive RPG (3.8), No. 4 in total RPG (12.0) and No. 4 in double-doubles (13).
Capela swiped a career-best 5 steals on 11/24, becoming the only fourth Hawk to ever finish a game with 10+ PTS, 10+ REB, 5+ STL and 3+ BLK. – 6:40 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
McMillan says that Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic are warming up and are gametime decisions. – 6:34 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Dillon Brooks is good to go tonight, getting some warmup jumpers in PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
A season-best eight Hawks scored 10+ in the team’s victory on 11/24. Atlanta has posted three straight games of six-or-more players finishing with double digit scoring efforts and holds a 6-1 record this season when doing so. – 6:00 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brandon Clarke getting some floaters in before tonight’s game. He’s reached double digits in scoring in 4 of the past 5 games on 76.7% shooting PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
Atlanta enters tonight’s contest on a six-game winning streak – the longest in the East and second longest in the NBA.
Over those six wins, the Hawks are averaging 118.5 PPG, .510 FG%, .408 3FG% and 26.0 APG, winning by an average margin of +14.8 PPG (118.5-103.7). – 5:30 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Most shots this year in the first 6 seconds of the shot clock
1. LaMelo Ball 58% EFG
2. Westbrook 45%
3. Giannis 66% EFG
4. Stephen Curry 69% EFG
5. Anthony Edwards 70% EFG
6. Ja Morant 63% EFG
7. Trae Young 59% EFG
8. LaVine 76% EFG
9. Dejounte 70% EFG
10. Booker 54% EFG – 3:23 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
What’s been the key to reducing fouls for Jaren Jackson Jr.? Better timed aggressiveness and quicker feet.…2:57 PM

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