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After getting burnt by Steph Curry, Clips take aim at Ja Morant, Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers
- The Clippers are 9-3 in their last 12 games against the Grizzlies. The last five games between the teams have been decided by double-digits with the last meeting being a 12-point win for Los Angeles in April.
- The Grizzlies set a franchise record for most points in a season opener in their 132-121 win over Cleveland on Wednesday. Memphis' most points in a season opener prior to this year was the 119 it scored in its season-opening loss to the Spurs last season.
- Ja Morant scored 37 points in the Grizzlies' season opener against Cleveland, the second straight season Morant has scored 30+ points in the team's opener (44 points vs San Antonio). The only other Grizzlies to score 30+ in a season opener are Marc Gasol (2014-15) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1997-98).
- The Clippers fell, 115-113, to Golden State in their season opener on Thursday. Last season, Los Angeles played in just three games decided by two points or fewer. Only Utah (two) played in fewer games decided by two or fewer points in 2020-21.
- Including last year's playoffs, Paul George has scored 20+ points in 21 consecutive games. It is the longest active streak of scoring 20+ points in the NBA (including postseason) and the longest such streak of George's career.
- Memphis went 12-for-12 from the free throw line against Cleveland, the 21st time in team history with perfect shooting from the foul line. The Grizzlies are 7-14 in games when the team doesn't miss a free throw.
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The Los Angeles Clippers will look to bounce back in the team's first home contest of the season Saturday against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies after opening the campaign with a road loss against the Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Curry put on the show in the first game that fans were allowed to attend at the Chase Center in San Francisco, pouring in 45 points in a 115-113 victory over Los Angeles.
Paul George, who finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a losing effort, said his team will work to put the loss behind them and get a home victory against a tough Memphis team.
"It was a good test for us in Game 1," George told reporters. "We know what we have to do going forward against these fast-paced teams. It doesn't get better than them (Golden State) in terms of how fast they play, and how much that ball is hopping around."
The Clippers, of course, are playing without superstar Kawhi Leonard, who suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee during the playoffs last season and had surgery in July.
Leonard has been seen at practice shooting but is still months away from returning to the floor. The Clippers have not announced an official timetable for his return.
While the Clippers are without their best player for an extended period, the Grizzlies' budding superstar, Ja Morant, stepped up big in his team's season opener.
The third-year pro finished with a game-high 37 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 132-121 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Morant finished 17-of-29 from the field, posting the second-highest opening night scoring total in franchise history after he scored 44 points in the season opener last year.
"I'm really proud of his leadership throughout the game, just encouraging guys when there were some tough times," Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins said. "And then just for him to make his mark, especially in that fourth quarter, was big for us to get the win."
The Grizzlies' game against the Clippers is the start of a four-game Western trip for Memphis that includes games against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors.
The Clippers will play three straight at home, meanwhile, including games against Memphis, Portland and Cleveland.
Los Angeles won two of the three meetings last season and holds a 52-45 edge in the all-time series.
One player the Clippers would like to see get going is Reggie Jackson. The 6-foot-3 guard provided a spark offensively at times last season, but he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting in a loss to Golden State.
"The toughest thing about starting the season off is finding a rhythm," George said. "Reggie, he's a scorer. On more nights than not, he's going to have big nights for us. So, that's just the thing about the season. In game one, there's going to be a lot of guys trying to find a rhythm, especially adding new people into the lineup and figuring out how to play with them."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 22, 2021