The Grizzlies may be “Playing harder”, as Xavier Tillman put it, in the absence of Ja Morant, but that doesn’t really explain some of these comical numbers over the last 10 games.
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Of course, the Grizzlies are probably not the best defense in the NBA like they have been over the last 10 games. Even now, the Grizzlies are first in the league in steals and blocks for the season as a whole.
When it’s all said and done, the Grizzlies will likely rank defensively somewhere between where they did last year and two years ago.