Grizzlies 2020 playoff preview: Ja-mmed road ahead

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For teams up there, it’s foolish to overlook the Memphis Grizzlies’ young guns led by top rookie Ja Morant. NBA

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THE FUTURE. Top rookie contender Ja Morant gives the Grizzlies a lot to look forward to. Photo from Memphis GrizzliesJust a few years after the end of the “Grit and Grind” era featuring Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen, the team is now back to playoff-hunting mode after just two seasons near the bottom of the standings.

In 59 games so far, the flashy 6-foot-3 youngster is averaging a team-best 17.6 points, 6.9 assist and 3.5 rebounds on efficient shooting splits of 49% from the field and 37% from three. Sandwiched between All-Stars Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the draft board, Jackson has quietly developed into a promising stretch 4 with averages of 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 47% shooting and a guard-like 40% clip from downtown.

Much like the Grit and Grind era before them, the modern-day Grizzlies don’t yet have a certified superstar to really push them deep into contention status.Rest-of-season outlookGrizzlies fans, players and coaches most likely collectively winced the moment the Orlando restart schedule was released.

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