LeBron James and NBA Players React to Ja Morant and Grizzlies Upsetting Warriors in Play-In Tournament

Published 05/21/2021, 11:29 PM CDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors faced the Memphis Grizzlies in the do or die Play-In game tonight. With the eighth seed on the line, both teams battled hard but the Grizzlies eventually came out on top in overtime. After spending three seasons in the lottery, the Grizz finally returned to where they belong.

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It wasn’t an easy game, but they gave their 100%. They are one of the youngest teams in the league, but they have a lot of heart. And it was on full display tonight.

Stephen Curry kept applying the pressure, but the Grizzlies were still able to overcome every challenge thrown their way. The Warriors had a chance to win with the final possession in regulation but failed to do so.

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But fans on Twitter had no qualms about five more minutes of such an exciting game. They expected a point guard to win the game, but little did they know that it would be the one from Memphis. Players from across the league also tweeted about the game and praised Morant and the Grizzlies.

Warriors fall short to fearless Grizzlies

In their first play-in game against the Spurs, the Grizzlies showed they wanted it more. They had an excellent start in that game, but it got closer later. They held on to their lead and eventually sealed the game.

And tonight was no different, as the Grizzlies started off hot, once again. They took advantage of it and held on to their lead till the end.

They gave up a two-point lead in the first half but grabbed it back immediately. They were resilient throughout the game and made some big shots in overtime to take home the upset win.

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May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and forward Dillon Brooks (24) celebrate against the Golden State Warriors during overtime at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

They have now set up a first round clash against the Jazz. Although they come in as second favorites, the Grizzlies are capable of pulling off an upset or two and extend the series.

They need to be defensively solid like they were against the Warriors, and they’ll also need Morant to have a brilliant series. It is unlikely that they go beyond the first round, but one has to commend them for their efforts so far.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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