Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Memphis Grizzlies (25-14) play against the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-17) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Tuesday January 4, 2022

Memphis Grizzlies 110, Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Tue
Scottie Barnes, 11 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Evan Mobley, 17 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 2 blk
Josh Primo, 15 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 2 blk
Duane Washington Jr., 17 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl
Herb Jones, 9 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk – 12:55 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
With the win tonight, the Grizzlies move to 10 games over .500 and 4.5 games ahead of the Nuggets for 4th in the West.
Teamrankings.com gives them a 99.3% of making the playoffs and a 78% chance of winning the division. – 12:36 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
In battle of surprise teams Ja Morant scores 26, Grizzlies top Cavaliers nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/04/in-…12:07 AM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
6️⃣ players in double figures to help secure our 6️⃣th straight dub.
〽️ @Ja Morant: 26 points
〽️ @Jaren Jackson Jr.: 22 points
〽️ @Brandon Clarke: 13 points
〽️ @1Tyus: 12 points
〽️ @DBane0625: 11 points
〽️ @therealZiaire: 10 points
#GrizzDub pic.twitter.com/VrXU9MFXUR12:00 AM

Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
After 2 hours and 21 minutes, Memphis beat Tulsa. That’s all I got. – 11:22 PM
Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Just win, baby? Memphis 67, Tulsa 64. – 11:21 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
never count em out. – 11:03 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Thursday the Grizzlies go for seven in a row. dailymemphian.com/section/sports…10:54 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Darius Garland on his first game back: “I’m a little bit tired. My legs are tired but it’s good to be back out there with the guys, just playing the game I love. It was fun to be back out there, (after) just sitting at home for 10 days.” – 10:43 PM
Ja Morant @JaMorant
big time road trip. good job gang . let’s keep it rolling 🐻
#GrzNxtGen
& free da guys outta protocol 🔓 . – 10:42 PM
Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
Tonight the @Memphis Grizzlies recorded their ninth double-digit comeback win of the season.
That is the most in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/HeOdgs5NfU10:32 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Pod! An NBA deep dive on the Curry/LeBron Legacy Battle, Ja’s big leap, the stealth sleeper Grizzlies, the biding their time Suns, Jabari/Chet/Paolo roulette and much more w/ @Seerat Sohi @Rob Mahoney @J. Kyle Mann
open.spotify.com/episode/3MToTG…10:31 PM
Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
This is becoming a butt-kicking. Memphis, 46-28. – 10:30 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
trip did it on all three levels tonight 🦄
𝟐𝟐 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬 // 𝟑 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐬 // 𝟕-𝟏𝟒 𝐅𝐆
@Jaren Jackson Jr. // #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/lAcz52X4Hb10:22 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ziaire Williams said the mental reps of watching the game while he was out helped him tremendously. He mentioned specifically watching a lot of Desmond Bane and how he cuts. – 10:10 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams on what’s so impressive about how good they are at home and on the road: They play together, and it’s always a next man up deal. Everyone’s getting great reps, and it’s showing how deep they are – 10:10 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams: “It’s super exciting, it’s Grizz Next Gen, it’s just the start, we got a lot more we want to accomplish” – 10:09 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams says the rehab process while in H&S protocols was tough, but the team dropped off some dumbbells to his garage for him to get back to the basics with pushups and bench press. He watched so much film, with him being in the house. – 10:09 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ziaire Williams said his perspective from the bench helped him slow the game down. He said he’s been watching a lot of Desmond Bane film to learn where to be and how to attack. – 10:08 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams on how being around the team helped him to get ready today: He watched a lot of Des’ film and how he comes off the screen and does his own thing. Says it’s been good to get that perspective to allow game to slow down – 10:08 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams on what he saw differently and the next-man up mentality: The flow and the defense has been huge in these streaks. More cutting and movement – 10:06 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams is up next. He said the ankle feels fine, and he’s just happy to be back. He’s gotten to watch a lot of games and get a 3rd-person perspective — and it’s helped a lot, and it made him feel more comfortable tonight – 10:06 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
Memphis has turned the ball over 14 times in the first half (37.8 percent of its possessions), fell behind 10-0, went the opening 5:05 without a point and still leads Tulsa 34-25 at halftime. – 10:05 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant: “Good teams win at home. Great teams win on the road.” – 10:04 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on the statements last night against 2 of East’s best: They have the same mindset to compete all 48 minutes, regardless of who’s in front of them. Both of these wins were big-time.
“Good teams win at home, great teams win on the road.” 😎 – 10:04 PM
Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Memphis spots Tulsa 10-0 lead, outscores them 34-15 the rest of the half. So according to my math, it’s 34-25 at the break. Is Ja still good? – 10:04 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant says he and Tyus Jones talk all game, and they just want to push the pace. His scoring role last night really helped them get that win last night – 10:03 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant called Brandon Clarke a big presence in the pick-and-roller, and his floater or lob is a “pick your poison” deal – 10:03 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on the message to the replacement players that came in: He wants them to be comfortable and just be themselves — they got a team full of unselfish guys. He wants them to play their games and be confident to compete at a high level – 10:02 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on that clutch steal: It “100%” felt good, and it was a big stop that gave them breathing room late in the game. He just wanted the ball out of Garland’s hands — them two talk a lot about the level they’re playing at – 10:01 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on where his success in these winning moments come from: “I really just take on the challenge. I love being the guy that takes those shots — hit or miss” – 10:00 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant up next. On adjusting to Cavs’ size: He thought the 1st half was better than 2nd. When he attacks, he doesn’t look at who’s down there — he’s going to attack the same way and make the right play to get him or his teammates in a spot to get a good shot – 9:59 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant fears nobody.
He did it again on Tuesday. dailymemphian.com/section/sports…9:54 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones sees Tyus Jones and Brandon Clarke as game-changers for them tonight with their energy and spark, when the team was feeling tired – 9:46 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones says Desmond Bane deserves a lot of credit for his all-around growth – as a scorer, playmaker (career-high 7 assists), and a defender (defending KD/Harden/Love past 2 nights)
Called Bane a winner who has “sky is the limit potential,” and said they’re lucky to have him – 9:44 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones on the process of the guards figuring out how to score about Cavs size: He said they countered what they did by playing a bit smaller. Bane’s strength helps them do that.
He also said they needed to find juice and stay away from iso, then figured out ball movement – 9:43 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Grizzlies acting coach Brad Jones was late to the podium because the team dumped water all over him in the locker room.
Got him with the ice bath too. – 9:42 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The Bulls pick up a 1/2 game on the Cavs as Ja Morant ( 26-5-5) and the Grizzlies win their sixth straight, 110-106. Cleveland now the 6th seed in the East 5.5 out. Memphis is having an outstanding season: 25-14. Bulls at Grzz MLK Day. Jan 17. – 9:40 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
How it started: Tulsa made its first 3 shots and went up 10-0
How it’s going: Tulsa shot 1 for its next 12 and Memphis went on an 18-2 run.
Memphis 18, Tulsa 15 with 7:28 left in 1H – 9:38 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams recalls visiting Avery Johnson when coaching at #Alabama.
Said Collin Sexton was the guy, but he walked into the gym and saw Herb Jones.
He left thinking Jones was the best Tide player, saying if he develops a jumper?
Jones dunk. #Suns lead down to 5. Timeout. – 9:37 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Ja Morant has been playing out of his mind… – 9:32 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
Not the first time you took a L to the M @Cleveland Cavaliers
#GrizzDub pic.twitter.com/wUghz7vSNC9:32 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
First ponytail head-to-head in NBA history: Morant and Garland. pic.twitter.com/FLEKVmqyXF9:30 PM

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
Slow clap for Grizzlies vs Cavs. That was a great game between two awesome stories in NBA this year that have amazing young talent. Garland and Mobley gonna be super scary for years to come. I hate so much that they lost Rubio. – 9:29 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets-Grizzlies will be a fun first-round series. – 9:29 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
So the Grizzlies have now won 6 in a row. Last 3 on road in PHX, BK and Clev.
Ja was averaging 31.6 pts (on 55% shooting), 6.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists over previous five. And just went for 26-6-5 against the Cavs.
Grizz now 25-14 and in 4th place, five games up on No. 5 Denver. – 9:27 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
walk in the land. take over the land. pic.twitter.com/Ke6j5UVyek9:26 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Grizzlies win 110-106!
6 players in double figures!
Morant: 26pts, 5reb, 6ast, 2blk, 2stl
Jackson Jr.: 22pts
Bane: 11pts, 5reb, 7ast
Clarke: 13pts, 9reb – 9:25 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant on being in Cleveland (where the All-Star game will be held next month):
“It feels good, man. I got to get comfortable.” – 9:25 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Battled until the very end. #LetEmKnow9:25 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Ja Morant’s runner + steal in closing seconds, bad close to 1H spells defeat for #Cavs – fall, 110-106; CLE, 44%FG, MEM, 47%FG; Garland, 27pts, 9-26FG, game-hi 10asst; Allen, 22pts, 11-14FG, 12reb; Love, 18pts, 6-18FG, 10reb; Mobley, 17pts, 8reb; Markkanen, 13pts, 8reb, 5asst. pic.twitter.com/qisBVFLdUG9:25 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB. pic.twitter.com/1HcRtwufEX9:24 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies just swept a road trip against two of the top five seeds in the Eastern Conference. Third youngest roster in the NBA. Five players in health and safety protocols. Six straight wins overall.
This is some impressive stuff. – 9:24 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
12 was out in full effect in Cleveland tonight.
Ja Morant and the Grizzlies slam the door on the Cavaliers late as Memphis wins their sixth straight. https://t.co/WKa2yiQsUF pic.twitter.com/SOFLaBT1ew9:23 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
Danielle has not been more into a basketball game this season. We’re watching Grizz-Cavs and there are a lot of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” happening. Big things in Memphis and Cleveland! @NoToOysters9:23 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
Now that he’s done in Cleveland, can Ja Morant make it here to FedExForum in time for the second half? – 9:23 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Grizzlies have won 6 in a row.
4 of their opponents were the Suns, Nets, Cavs and Lakers.
Yes, Ja Morant played all games. pic.twitter.com/gwkGc3b06J9:22 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant makes the go ahead score on an acrobatic layup with under 30 seconds to play, swipes the ball and scores again, then hits the free throws to ice it.
A clutch killer. Grizz win 110-106.
Six wins in a row. – 9:22 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Cavs-Grizzlies lets us all know that the game’s future is in pretty good hands – 9:20 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Cleveland’s total lack of playmakers outside of Garland has made things really difficult down the stretch – 9:20 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Desmond Bane was right.
Ja Morant is playing MVP basketball. pic.twitter.com/pkBKUakePA9:20 PM

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
JA MORANT IS A SUPERSTAR 🗣 – 9:20 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Ja Morant is just incredible. – 9:19 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Even when Ja Morant isn’t spectacular, he’s still spectacular.
Amazing. – 9:19 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
Ja Morant is pure fun. – 9:18 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The way Ja Morant hangs in the air and can acrobatically finish around the rim, he looks like a carbon copy of prime Derrick Rose. – 9:18 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Evan Mobley is able to control his closeouts like this. As a 7-footer. pic.twitter.com/q7gjrfGTY69:18 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
That Ja Morant bucket was something else. Double pump. Release almost at the bottom of his jump. In traffic. Damn. – 9:18 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Key basketball game moments to Ja Morant pic.twitter.com/6opa5hoG519:18 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Ja Morant is a sorcerer – 9:17 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
HOW DID JA MORANT MAKE THAT OMGGGGGG – 9:17 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Stop it! Ja Morant is a magician. – 9:17 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Evan Mobley.
We’re all tied up with 36.7 left. #LetEmKnow9:16 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Ja looked to get fouled on the fast break by Allen, but his huge reaction probably should have garnered a tech and definitely led to an easy Cleveland bucket because he didn’t get back. Grizz were up 4, now it’s tied. – 9:16 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
I think the Grizzlies will probably run the “go win the game, Ja” play haha – 9:16 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Brandon Goodwin has earned himself a guaranteed NBA contract. One guy who will benefit from all the absences. – 9:16 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
tie game.
36.7 seconds remaining.
our ball.
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn9:16 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
This game is tied at 104. Memphis 2-for-1 chance coming, if they can get it. – 9:15 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
BIG shot from the big fella 👌 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/AKhiPWDpnC9:15 PM

Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Surprised the Cavs don’t have Kevin Love in down the stretch since he’s been lights out all night – 9:15 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
If Ja Morant had made that… pic.twitter.com/LXVTejLEWc9:13 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Evan Mobley has made some insane defensive plays tonight – 9:12 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Evan Mobley just swallows basketballs. – 9:12 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Never gets old 😌
RETWEET to send @Jarrett Allen to the #NBAAllStar Game! pic.twitter.com/HWPO4r6JYD9:05 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
The rooks! The Grizzlies lead by four. – 9:03 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams looking like he watched and learned while out. Some of his best basketball in flashes during this game. – 9:02 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Glad to have you back Ziaire Williams! – 9:02 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brandon Clarke – still awesome. – 9:02 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Brandon Clarke!!! – 9:01 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
It’s cool to me that Kevin Love stuck around Cleveland long enough to be a useful player on another good Cavs team. – 9:00 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
You LOVE to see it 🌨️
@Kevin Love | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/JS3W1vg27X8:59 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
rock steady stones – 8:59 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Your leader in blocks amongst rookies is back at it 🦄
@Evan Mobley | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/Gnpsmc2e6Q8:57 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
This Siakam-Barnes-Anunoby “Cavaliers-lite” frontline is what basketball dreams are made of. – 8:56 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Every time #Cavs Kevin Love hits a 3, this place goes WILD. He’s currently 4-of-9 from the perimeter, but that last one felt much needed. He has 18 pts. – 8:56 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Been a tough start to the fourth for Memphis. Officials doing no favors. – 8:54 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
a battle after three quarters. we lead 76-75.
12 min to the finish line.
📺 Watch on @GrizzOnBally 📺
📻 Listen on @929espn 📻 pic.twitter.com/5Va22oGppT8:50 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Even though #Cavs outscored Memphis 20-19 in the third quarter, they are down 76-75 to the Grizzlies at the end of the third.
Darius Garland has a team-high 19 pts. Jarrett Allen has a double-double of 18 pts and 10 rebounds. – 8:50 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Grizzlies up one entering the 4th quarter. Figure out how to slow Garland, Memphis can pull away. But…you know…Garland/Cleveland is good at basketball as well. – 8:49 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Hey, Ja Morant is a racer 🤷‍♂️ – 8:48 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
BIG GUARD. BIG GUARD. BIG GUARD.
22 through three quarters for @Jaren Jackson Jr. 🦄
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/HCYFf6oEyp8:46 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
I like this Jarrett Culver. He can stay (maybe not long-term, but you know) – 8:44 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Cleveland-Memphis will be a hell of an NBA Finals – 8:44 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jaren Jackson Jr. definitely taking this Evan Mobley matchup personally – 8:43 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Screw it. Jaren Jackson Jr. to the sellers of his stock again. pic.twitter.com/4NaCXvD38t8:43 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄 – 8:42 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Kevin Love looks like the dad on a drama on the WB – 8:40 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Never give up 🤯 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/kgnuzjwNhS8:37 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Non-Ja minutes coming soon for the Grizzlies. This will be a critical stretch. They have to find enough offense to give themselves a chance. – 8:35 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Objectively funny that Darius Garland is outperforming Ja on the same night that FVV is going off because both fan bases are starting to hate each other over All-Star takes. – 8:33 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jarrett Culver out here looking like an NBA player the last two nights good on you. – 8:32 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs largest deficits without Murray in the last 5 games:
vs DET -1, won
vs UTA – 18, lost
@ MEM -19, lost
@ DET -9, lost
@ TOR -18, ??? – 8:32 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Good foul by Bane. – 8:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Good luck stopping these two. #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/F1qZoxUbEO8:28 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
nah. you can’t guard that. 🦄
@Jaren Jackson Jr. // #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/NsMxbmatZD8:26 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
“Old dog, new tricks!”
Join @Lamar Stevens and the rest of your Cavs for the second half on @BallySportsCLE! 🐶 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/6BPJYS3uNX8:25 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Desmond Bane and Ja Morant. Peas and Carrots. Milk and Cookies. Thelma and Louise. – 8:25 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
GREAT extra pass by Bane to Tillie for the wide open three. The unselfishness is a beautiful sight – 8:23 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Nice stat from @GrizzOnBally. Morant and Bane have been the league’s highest scoring duo of late. pic.twitter.com/3CgmbELRib8:22 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Would ya look at that. Jaren Jackson Jr. is playing terrific tonight. – 8:18 PM
Pete Pranica @PetePranica
Grizz held CLE to 37% shooting in 2nd quarter. Defense improved as game went on. – 8:13 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Grizz close 1H on 13-0 run – lead, 57-54, at the break; MEM, 49%FG, CLE, 48%; reb: CLE, 24, MEM, 19; CLE, 16asst on 23FGM; Garland, 14pts, 5-12FG, 2-4 3ptFG, game-hi 6asst, 3reb; Allen, 14pts, 7-9FG, 6reb, 2asst, 2blk; Love, 12pts, 3-7 3ptFG, 6reb; Mobley, 10pts, 5-8FG, 3reb. pic.twitter.com/sBloZbXtiP8:10 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Two-point game after two.
@socios | #LetEmKnow8:07 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
The Grizzlies closed the half on a 13-0 run. They lead by 2.
Ja Morant is good at basketball. – 8:04 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
At the end of the first half, Memphis leads #Cavs 57-55. One area of emphasis heading into tonight’s game for Cleveland was to limit the Grizzlies’ offensive rebounds. Memphis has 5. The Cavs have 17 defensive rebounds.
Both Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen also have 14 pts. – 8:04 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies trailed all half just to finish on a 13-0 run. JJJ is being aggressive and looks better on offense today. Leads team with 14 points. Ja’s ability to finish with the off hand is on display today against Cleveland’s size.
57-55 Grizzlies lead at half – 8:04 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Grizzlies take the lead just in time!
HALFTIME: Grizzlies up 57-55 – 8:04 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies lead 57-55 at halftime, their first lead of the game came with a Ja Morant layup with about 4 seconds left in the half. Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Brandon Clarke helped chip away. Ja remains his All-Star self. – 8:03 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
13-0 RUN TO CLOSE THE HALF.
RT IF YOU LIKE 13-0 RUNS TO CLOSE HALVES. – 8:03 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jesus, Memphis is a good basketball team – 8:02 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant to Desmond Bane for three pic.twitter.com/Wdh4r1O0qw8:02 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
11-0 RUN. YEP YEP YEP. – 8:01 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
There is reportedly optimism Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return to the Warriors on Sunday against the Cavaliers at Chase Center. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/03/rep…8:00 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
#LetEmKnow, JA 🗣️🗣️🗣️
#NBAAllStar | @Jarrett Allen pic.twitter.com/Km2DLng3Zl7:58 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
A Cleveland-Memphis NBA Finals would be NBA Twitter Heaven and Adam Silver’s Hell. – 7:58 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Cleveland has controlled this entire game. The glass, the pace, the paint.
Memphis looks a little sluggish. – 7:54 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Yeah, it’s 2021, but we once again have to find Kevin Love on the perimeter because he’s a threat. – 7:54 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Kevin Love has been in prime All-Star mode lately and the Grizz getting a taste of how. – 7:53 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Jaren Jackson Jr go off then! – 7:52 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Darius Garland is poetry in motion 🔥🎯🤩
pic.twitter.com/ZudH5gnITg7:52 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Jaren Jackson Jr. in the building. – 7:51 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
WE TRIPPPY MANE 🦄 – 7:51 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Cavaliers are good. Mobley is great. Memphis needs to get the energy/communication up defensively, but right now Cleveland is just outplaying the Grizzlies – 7:48 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Happy Birthday, @CollinSexton02! 🥳❤️ pic.twitter.com/AbwtYpi9Wn7:45 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
what did we tell yall bout that island? 🌴
@Ja Morant // #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/0g1koqdwFL7:43 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
🐻⚪️⚪️⚪️
-3 after the first stanza.
@Ja Morant leads with 9 points
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn pic.twitter.com/ihZhICOVcR7:39 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs have a 30-27 lead over the Memphis at the end of the first quarter. Cavs have 8 assists on 13 made shots, with Garland dishing four of those assists.
Cavs shot 13-of-21 from the field (61.9%) and 3-of-5 from 3 (60%). – 7:38 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Collin Sexton is also here at the arena. – 7:38 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
On the podcast w/ @matt_pennie, I talked about why I think Evan Mobley is the clear pick for rookie of the year right now. He’s essentially the most important player on a top-10 team in the league, which is crazy to be true about a rookie.
FULL PODCAST: https://t.co/kDyAlSatQW pic.twitter.com/6MeNnVDCQq7:37 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
30-27 Cavs at the end of one. Cleveland is massive and good. This should be a fun game as long as Memphis can keep their legs on the second night of a back to back. – 7:36 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
If Brandon Clarke would’ve hit Ziaire on the behind the back pass @PAKA_FLOCKA would’ve ascended in to the heavens – 7:35 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Me watching Ziaire Williams and Jarrett Culver playing at the same time wearing the same headbands and shirts under their jerseys pic.twitter.com/ekh37HHDXI7:33 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
ayooooo welcome back @Ziaire Williams 🎱 – 7:33 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Welcome back Ziaire Williams. A pretty euro-step. – 7:32 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Another #NBA75 Mixtape Night, another look back at franchise history!
With #NBAAllStar right around the corner, tonight we remember Mark Price’s back-to-back Three Point Contest wins in ’93-’94 🔥🏆 pic.twitter.com/EEvsFCoTcx7:32 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
WE MISSED YOU, #DariusGarland ❤️💛
RT if you did too.
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/KZHENA7Xqs7:30 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant is a human hover board – 7:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Once I processed it, I was like, ‘Man, I got to call Kev.'”
Monty Williams on calling associate head coach Kevin Young morning of Memphis game he was going into health/safety protocols.
Young was acting head coach for last 4 games. Williams back tonight at #Pelicans. #Suns pic.twitter.com/Ou4dm627Xo7:29 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
When the Bane train gets going early. pic.twitter.com/oHM3s0pK2n7:28 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies need stops to play how they want. Not getting many stops, so the Cavs’ long frontcourt is altering and making shots tough. Grizz still only down five in the first. 23-18 – 7:28 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Welcome back #Cavs Darius Garland. He looks good in his first game back so far. He’s up to 8 points after that pretty 3 and four assists, two of which on lobs to Jarrett Allen. – 7:27 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
that clip is automatic.
@Desmond Bane x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/gh8zGLImLV7:27 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Desmond “Klay Thompson” Bane – 7:26 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Rajon Rondo is on the bench with the #Cavs tonight. He’s not in uniform, but he is here in Cleveland.
Fans in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse cheering pretty loudly for him. – 7:22 PM
Pete Pranica @PetePranica
Cleveland’s length is a problem. Grizz need to get sharper cuts and ball movement to unlock the Cavs defense. – 7:22 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That Ja defense/Bane pull-up three sequence pic.twitter.com/t86SuaxrBU7:20 PM
Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
I find myself, week after week, drawn to watching whatever Cleveland Cavaliers game happens to be on League Pass. – 7:19 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Cleveland’s size is giving Memphis serious problems offensively. – 7:19 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Wait, Kevin Love has scored how many points in five straight games? – 7:19 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
#DariusGarland is back and so is the signature hop 😏
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/5ahqOIWXGe7:18 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Darius Garland becoming a star-level player is pleasantly surprising. Enjoyed his game at Vanderbilt. Glad he’s putting it together – 7:17 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Kinda weird the Grizz had Ray Acosta as a ref last night in Brooklyn and then again tonight in Cleveland – 7:15 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Welcome back, @Darius Garland 👌
#NBAAllStar | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/wVdUfOenVX7:13 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
First, some shoutouts.
– Welcome back, Ziaire Williams.
– Welcome to NBA Head Coaching, Brad Jones.
And we wish Coach Taylor Jenkins the very best during this difficult time for he, his wife, and their family. – 7:11 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Tonight we join together in a moment of silence to honor a special member of @CLEpolice.
Rest in Peace, Officer Shane Bartek. pic.twitter.com/2dTIHWHkVq7:09 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
🚨 GRIZZ TWITTER ROLL CALL 🚨
RT IF YOU’RE TAPPED IN WITH THE GANG.
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn pic.twitter.com/bPRYF5mOZE7:07 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
please, @God, we dont ask for much — just a small, kind request for Ja Morant to meet Jarrett Allen & Evan Mobley at the rim tonight. once will do. thank you and hope all is well. – 7:06 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Darius Garland returns to the starting lineup tonight.
The starting five: Darius Garland, Lamar Stevens, Lauri Markkanen, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen – 6:49 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
starting five 🆚 @Cleveland Cavaliers
〽️ @Ja Morant
〽️ @Desmond Bane
〽️ @KillianTillie
〽️ @Jaren Jackson Jr.
〽️ @RealStevenAdams
@Verizon | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/3W80Y9BYy76:49 PM

Michael Wallace @MyMikeCheck
After ballin’ out in New Jack City last night in Brooklyn, can’t wait to see what my guy D-Money gonna do tonight for @Memphis Grizzlies in Cleveland. Desmond Bane has it rolling right now, folks, like G-Money back in the day! pic.twitter.com/aKRL5Jv95p6:35 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
DG the PG is back in tonight’s starting 🖐 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/KmneaT3g1G6:27 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
LJ showed off some acrobatic dunks in the 1992 Slam Dunk Contest.
Let’s send your Hornets to Cleveland and show the world what we have in Buzz City today!
Vote right now! 🗳⭐️
#NBAAllStar | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/oI1xgpvdj16:06 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Make sure to watch tonight’s game on @BallySportsCLE — it’s a Box Office Buyout with half off tickets to #CavsNets on 1/17!
🎟 Take advantage now through midnight on https://t.co/gg2n11IKyz! pic.twitter.com/hvKvWe55hK6:00 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Grizzlies assistant Brad Jones will serve as acting head coach tonight vs. CLE. Taylor Jenkins is attending the memorial service for his father-in-law. – 5:59 PM
Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
#Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins is attending a memorial service for his father-in-law, the reason for his absence against the #Cavs5:57 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Looking forward to seeing Darius Garland back in action tonight, after missing the past 4 games.
JB Bickerstaff said he looked good in practice yesterday & they’ll ‘probably monitor the length of his stints, but not necessarily have him on a minutes restriction.’ #Cavs5:54 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs J.B. Bickerstaff said Darius Garland looked good in practice yesterday.
“He feels good,” Bickerstaff continued. “We’ll probably monitor the length of his stints, but not necessarily have him on a minutes restriction.” – 5:49 PM
Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins out tonight vs #Cavs for personal reasons, with Brad Jones filling in – 5:48 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Brad Jones on Steven Adams: He has really turned the corner. I think he was trying to fill his way with us earlier this season.
Mentioned how Adams dominates games without scoring and doing the glamorous things. He said opposing coaches often come up to them talking about Adams. – 5:45 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
The message repeated by Brad Jones multiple times in the pregame media availability:
If the Grizzlies play iso ball tonight, they will struggle with Cleveland’s length. They need to get in transition to be successful on offense. – 5:44 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones on navigating second-chance and turnover opportunities: Steven Adams gets the credit for their work on the glass. Tonight will be a good battle, but it’ll come down to guard rebounding to get out and run
“Steven Adams dominates a game without scoring” – 5:43 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones says he’s excited to get Ziaire Williams back, and he’s been working really hard in his rehab. He’s hopeful that he could get out there and get his feet wet — they were really excited about his progression prior to injury – 5:41 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones on preparing for shifts with Brooklyn and Cleveland: He gave praise to his scouting department. He said every game’s different, and they need to navigate to make adjustments against Cleveland – 5:41 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Assistant coach Brad Jones will serve as acting head coach of the Memphis Grizzles against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Taylor Jenkins is attending a memorial service for his father-in-law. – 5:40 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Brad Jones said the Grizzlies are emphasizing playing with pace against the Cavs today. Cleveland has the tallest frontcourt in the NBA. – 5:40 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones on the changes offensively against big teams like Cleveland: He said they’re good and physical, they try to deny passes, so they have to play with pace. They want to get out and run, and they need ball movement — since length will kill them in ball-stopping situations – 5:38 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Grizzlies will use Brad Jones as the acting head coach tonight so Taylor Jenkins can attend the memorial for his father-in -aw. – 5:37 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones says he sees Jaren Jackson Jr. and Evan Mobley in the same way, and they’re really exciting about this matchup tonight – 5:37 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones on Evan Mobley: “you don’t get rookies that come along and make the impact he has made” — he said his defensive mobility is great, and his offense has evolved since the 1st game – 5:37 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Brad Jones will serve as acting head coach for the Grizzlies today. Taylor Jenkins is attending a memorial for his father-in-law. – 5:36 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Brad Jones will serve as acting head coach tonight, as Taylor Jenkins is attending a memorial service for his father in law, per Grizzlies PR – 5:36 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Look who’s back in The Land ❤️💛
@CollinSexton02 | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/2NwZNdnxYl5:30 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Hey 10 👋
RETWEET to send our guy #DariusGarland to #NBAAllStar! pic.twitter.com/aPp1XsY0Ia5:09 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New Mismatch with @Chris Vernon. We have a lot of love to the Grizzlies and DeRozan, talked Nets, Simons, Trae, Grant, and much more. Klay and Kyrie too. Loaded show. open.spotify.com/episode/3DTdc1…5:05 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Second night of a back-to-back for the Grizz. They are 3-3 with no rest.
Ja Morant on 0 days rest in his career:
18.8 ppg, 6.9 ast, 4.3 reb
Ja on 0 days rest this season:
31.3 ppg, 7.3 ast, 5.8 reb
Bane on 0 days rest this season:
21.7 ppg, 2.5 ast, 5.0 reb – 5:03 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Rajon Rondo trade saved money and opened up on extra roster spot for the Lakers.
New for @The Athletic on Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley and the Lakers’ flexibility as they shift their identity midseason: theathletic.com/3049845/2022/0…4:52 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
It seems like most Grizzlies fans think Desmond Bane is a top candidate for most improved, but places like BetOnline.ag and FanDuel have Ja Morant as the current favorite to win the award. Bane has the seventh-best odds on FanDuel (+3300). Morant is +170. – 4:44 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
The following 23 contracts will become guaranteed on Friday Jan. 7- 5PM ET.:
ATL: T. Luwawu-Cabarrot
BOS: J. Parker
BKN: D. Bembry
CHI: A.McKinnie, M. Thomas
CLE: E. Davis, L. Stevens, D. Wade
DAL: M. Brown
GSW: D. Lee, G. Payton II
IND: O. Brissett, K. Martin, K. Sykes – 4:35 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Grizzlies sign Jon Teske to 10-day hardship contract sportando.basketball/en/grizzlies-s…4:21 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
FYI: A lot more basketball content on my IG (https://t.co/e5o4OH1XIi) y’all should go follow if you’re a hoop head.
Somehow a quick Ja Morant nugget I put up hit 10K in 10 minutes. It’s lit on the gram 🙅🏾‍♂️🧢 pic.twitter.com/5ymzdZgSzp4:07 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the best head coaches in the NBA…just in case you didn’t know.
Taylor Jenkins named December 2021 Western Conference Coach of the Month https://t.co/qEiAZRrcVt pic.twitter.com/cODm2PsXju4:01 PM

Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
The @NBA today announced that @Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for December 2021.
Jenkins guided the Grizzlies to a 12-4 record in December. pic.twitter.com/K4nuqbkZXU4:01 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra have been named the Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month. pic.twitter.com/LvGMJFmCxv4:01 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
On ESPN’s NBA Today, Matt Barnes and Richard Jefferson weren’t so sure Ja Morant will be an All-Star.
They said he could be a future MVP, and if he isn’t selected Ja still has the respect of the players in the league. But they didn’t want to pencil him in to Cleveland. 1/2 – 3:53 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane: Ja Morant belongs in debate of NBA’s best point guard nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/04/gri…3:50 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
🏀 The Grizzlies keep getting better
🏀 DeMar DeRozan is elevating the Bulls
🏀 Becky Hammon is coaching in the WNBA
#TheMismatch with @Chris Vernon and @Kevin O’Connor: open.spotify.com/episode/3DTdc1…3:25 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Ready for some basketball in The Land!
🆚 @Memphis Grizzlies
🕖 7:00PM ET
📺 @BallySportsCLE
@betwayusa | #GetItLocked pic.twitter.com/d3DerplUwK3:00 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Memphis freshman Emoni Bates still dealing with pain and swelling in his finger, as well as restricted range of motion, and will not play tonight against Tulsa, source told @Stadium. – 2:47 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Desmond Bane might have an All-Star game in his future – 2:42 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Desmond Bane had 29 pts last night in Brooklyn, part of an interesting trend this year…
Bane has been SIGNIFICANTLY better on the road than at home. Bane is shooting 52.5% overall & an incredible 50% from three on the road – hitting 4 threes a game – but just 41%/33% at home. pic.twitter.com/vAUIjJASvb2:30 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Evan Mobley was a nominee for Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December. – 2:15 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Between Trae Young’s 56-piece, Ja Morant going off in Barclays, Becky Hammon’s introductory news conference, Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement and Kyrie Irving’s impending return, we will have a packed show on NBA Today. See you at noon PT on @ESPN! – 2:05 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Listen to today’s episode of The Starting Lineup with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine on Pandora!
🐻 Ja Morant goes off
🏀 @Alan Hahn joins the show
🎙️ Battle of the Broadcasters!
🔊 pandora.app.link/k6LXBan8xmb1:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Enjoyed this look at Ja Morant’s big night as he continues to shine bright this season. Good stuff here from @SharonShyBrown. Check it out!
memphisflyer.com/monday-was-a-g…1:19 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Fear the #FROHIO 😈
@KeyBank | #LetEmKnow1:15 PM
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Monday was a “Good Day” for Ja Morant memphisflyer.com/monday-was-a-g…1:09 PM

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