Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies were off to a phenomenal start in the 2021-22 NBA season. Following a 2-0 start, they were handed their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. The matchup was close and despite ending on the losing side, Morant had a phenomenal game.
He finished with 40 points and 10 assists while playing 38 minutes. Although Ja had a great game, he committed a grave mistake towards the end of the game by failing to knock down the game-tying free throw which ultimately led to the Grizzlies' defeat.
Following this defeat, it seems that Morant went to Twitter without missing a second. The Grizzlies point guard tweeted:
"How will you respond 12...."
The tweet was a simple yet huge question that Morant asked himself. But the fact that he didn't wait a couple of hours before tweeting this didn't sit right with NBA fans. As a result, many fans called Morant out for this and some even shot a few trolls in his direction.
It is true that the missed free throw cost the Grizzlies the game, but apart from that Morant had a sensational game. Moreover, Morant is just 22-years-old, and he is already fulfilling the superstar role for the franchise.
If all goes well, this year could be a breakout season for the young guard. As of now, he is averaging 35.0 points per game and is looking in great touch.
Considering it is just his third season in the league, the 2019-20 Rookie Of The Year has a bright future ahead of him. The only thing the organization can do is provide him with better players around him.
Once the franchise accomplishes that, the sky is the limit for them. The Grizzlies have been struggling for a long time and Morant might finally rescue them.
It won't be an easy task by any means. Since the Grizzlies are in the loaded Western Conference, it is hard to see them make it to the NBA Finals, at least for now. Making it to the postseason seems like a fair goal for them and Morant is certainly playing with that in mind.