On Christmas Day, the defending champion Golden State Warriors will face the best team in the Western Conference this season, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Update on Ja Morant and Desmond Bane’s latest injury status
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Many people were surprised by the Memphis Grizzlies’ success last season, but no one is surprised this season. With a 20-11 record, the Grizzlies, along with Denver, lead the Western Conference. They have won eight of their last ten games and defeated Phoenix 125-100 on Friday night.
Ja Morant had 12 points (4-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, and 11 assists in 28 minutes against Phoenix on Friday. The superstar point guard was at his best as a passer, recording his sixth double-digit assist effort in the last seven games. Morant ranks fifth in the NBA with 7.9 assists per game this season.
Meanwhile, Desmond Bane finished with 17 points (4-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes.
Bane had missed Memphis’ previous 17 games due to a sprained toe, so it’s not surprising that he struggled to find his shot in his return.
Despite this, he finished third on the team with 17 points, thanks in part to a perfect 7-for-7 performance from the charity stripe. Bane only played 24 minutes, but it’s worth noting that no Grizzlies player played more than 28 minutes in the rout. Bane will most likely return to his season average of 32.8 minutes per game as he recovers from his toe injury.
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The Golden State Warriors have struggled this season, and their situation has deteriorated as a result of injuries. Steph Curry, who is out until January, is the biggest loss. Andrew Wiggins is also sidelined due to a thigh injury. As a result, the Warriors are now a shadow of their former selves. The Warriors have lost five of their last six games, dropping them to 15-18, 11th in the conference, six games behind the Grizzlies, and one game out of the play-in.
The Golden State Warriors are dealing with a slew of injuries heading into this game, including Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, JaMychal Green, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala.