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If it wasn’t already institutional knowledge around the NBA, it is now. Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is a problem. The soaring superstar was at it again Friday night at Ball Arena. Morant carved up Denver’s defense en route to a 122-118 Grizzlies win. It’s the third time this season Memphis has knocked off the Nuggets – a disconcerting trend for a potential first-round opponent this spring. Morant sprung for 38 points to the chagrin of the handful of defenders who tried to contain him. Not even Aaron Gordon could quell Morant’s incessant drives, scintillating dribbles and relentless attacks. “It seemed like, at times, they were playing at a different speed than us,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone knew exactly what type of challenge the Grizzlies presented: an athletic, physical, imposing outfit that has shown no fear during their swift ascent. “It does start with Ja Morant,” Malone said. “This young man is electric. Athletically, he’s just so gifted. He can get to anywhere on the court, he can finish in traffic, he can dunk on you. We’ve all seen the blocked shots that he’s had. He’s playing both ends of the floor. His 3-point shot has improved.”