Morant is the hottest player in the league and he scored or assisted on 20 of the Grizzlies’ 28 first-quarter points. Desmond Bane has been Memphis’ second-best player during the streak but he has had a rough night, 11 points on 14 shots.
3) COVID hitting NBA staffs hard as well, not just players
It’s hard to escape a discussion around the NBA about what players have been out in COVID protocols, what replacement players from the G-League are getting called up, and how the pandemic is impacting players for a third-straight season.
The wave of the virus among players seems to be slowing, and reports say not only are 97% of players vaccinated but also 70% have gotten the booster.