It’s been a busy offseason for Rajon Rondo, who is about to join his third team of the offseason, it appears. The guard reportedly agreed to terms on a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Grizzlies shortly thereafter confirmed they were waiving Rondo. Now, it looks […]NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo Likely To Join Lakers After Grizzlies Buyout — NESN.com
The Pelicans want to win quickly around Zion Williamson.Report: Pelicans trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, better picks to Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, lesser picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Penny Hardaway has wanted Larry Brown to coach with him ever since he took over at his alma mater. Three years later, they have that chance at Memphis.Penny Hardaway sees Larry Brown helping make Memphis better — College Basketball | NBC Sports
The Warriors’ season came to a screeching halt Friday night as the young Memphis Grizzlies eliminated them from playoff contention in the NBA’s play-in tournament with a 117-112 win at Chase Center. Memphis led throughout the game until the Warriors stormed back in the closing minutes. But the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 10-3 in the…What the Warriors and Grizzlies said after play-in game upset — Monterey Herald
Even if Stephen Curry couldn’t lead the Warriors past the Lakers in the play-in tournament opener, he did enough in the eyes of some experts to prove he has no equal on the court. 864 more wordsSome NBA analysts see Warriors losing to Memphis, but being dominant again next year — East Bay Times
Ja Morant had 37 points and 10 assists to lead the Grizzlies.Anthony Edwards has historic 42-point night, but Grizzlies get win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Three takeaways from the Warriors’ 116-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies (18-20) Friday night. Without Stephen Curry, Golden State improved to 22-20 and have now won three of their last four:Three takeaways from the Warriors’ win over the Grizzlies, including Andrew Wiggins’ recent surge — Chico Enterprise-Record
Ja Morant thought he had hit the game-winner….Watch Jrue Holiday hit game-winner to top Ja Morant clutch bucket — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
MEMPHIS — Already playing without Brandon Clarke and De’Anthony Melton, who are both nursing injuries, the Grizzlies rotation takes another hit as talented rookie Desmond Bane won’t play Friday night when the Grizzlies take on the Lakers at Staples Center. Bane is listed as out for the game due to personal reasons. He tweeted on […]Grizzlies’ Bane to miss Lakers game — WREG.com
• The Toronto Raptors continue a six-game road trip (Feb. 2-11), their longest in the first half, Monday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. The Raptors have won seven in a row over the
Grizzlies, including the last two meetings in Memphis. Monday marks Toronto’s first trip to Memphis since a 122-114 victory Nov. 27, 2018. The Raptors play 10-of-15 games on the road in the month of February.
• Kyle Lowry needs 10 rebounds to pass Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is 13 away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,078) and third in scoring (10,101). Only three active players are inside the top-three all-time for a team in scoring, rebounds and assists, but none of those players are currently with that team; LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).
• Chris Boucher scored a career-high 29 points (10-13 FG, 2-4 3PT, 7-13 FT) and matched a season best with 10 rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes off the bench Feb. 6 at Atlanta. He also tied his career high with seven offensive rebounds against the Hawks. Boucher became just the third reserve in franchise history to record 29 points and 10 rebounds in the same game, joining John Wallace (Nov. 18, 1997 vs. Boston) and Donyell Marshall (Mar. 13, 2005 vs. Philadelphia).
• Toronto had a season-low seven turnovers Saturday at Atlanta. The Raptors rank ninth in the NBA in turnovers per game (14.0) and have committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in 19-of-23 games.
• Fred VanVleet (20.2) and Chris Boucher (13.9) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring this season among undrafted players – behind only Christian Wood (22.0). VanVleet has scored 20+ points 12 times, including a franchise-record 54 points Feb. 2 at Orlando, while Boucher has led the bench in scoring in a team-high 14 games. The duo combined for 54 points Saturday against the Hawks.
• Yuta Watanabe is averaging 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 17 games with the Raptors this season. He has scored in double figures twice, inlcuding a career-high 12 points Jan. 29 vs Sacramento. Watanabe joined the Raptors after two seasons as a two-way player with Memphis (2018-20).
• Jonas Valanciunas will face his former team for just the second time Monday night. Valanciunas averaged 11.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 25.1 minutes in 470 games during seven seasons with the Raptors (2012-19). He was picked fifth overall by Toronto in the 2011 NBA Draft and still ranks second on the
team’s all-time rebounds list (3,961) and third in blocks (479).
• Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks were teammates at Oregon for two seasons (2015-17). The Canadian duo helped the Ducks to consecutive Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four in 2017.
INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. MONDAY
8:00 (ET) TOR@MEM Memphis Grizzlies Clarke, Brandon Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Soreness Jackson Jr., Jaren Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Meniscus Surgery Recovery McDermott, Sean Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Bone Bruise Melton, De’Anthony Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness
Porter, Jontay Out G League – On Assignment Tillie, Killian Out Injury/Illness – Left Foot; Soreness Winslow, Justise Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Displacement
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation
INJURY REPORT 1:30 P.M. MONDAY
08:00 (ET) TOR@MEM Memphis Grizzlies Clarke, Brandon Out Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Soreness
Jackson Jr., Jaren Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Meniscus Surgery Recovery
McDermott, Sean Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Bone Bruise
Melton, De’Anthony Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Soreness
Porter, Jontay Out G League – On Assignment
Tillie, Killian Out Injury/Illness – Left Foot; Soreness
Winslow, Justise Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Displacement
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment
Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation
The Memphis Grizzlies finally are back on a basketball court and hoping to get back to playing games. The Grizzlies returned to practice Wednesday night after having their last five games postponed because of contact tracing within the team and the length of time they were unable to practice.They had been allowed to do individual workouts with one coach over the past couple days, and coach Taylor Jenkins said it was great to be back. “It’s definitely been unique,” Jenkins said. “But I think our entire team, a lot of credit to our players, our staff to adjust obviously working really closely with the league on what are the best courses of action over the last dating back to when we were in Portland. But everyone’s handled it really well.”The NBA stopped play last March with the Grizzlies in Portland for a road game against the Trail Blazers the next night. They were in Portland again last week on a five-game winning streak only to have the first of a back-to-back with the Trail Blazers postponed, followed quickly by the next four games. “Man, I’m starting to think Portland don’t like us man,” Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said with a laugh. Morant said he feels the Grizzlies have held each other accountable following league protocols to stay safe with COVID-19. Jenkins said center Jonas Valanciunas is working through those protocols along with another unnamed player and hopes Valanciunas returns soon. “All we can control is every time that we have an opportunity to work, we make the most of it,” Jenkins said. “So obviously, the last week has put us in a test, you know, but I think our guys rose to the occasion.”The Grizzlies currently have had a league-high six games postponed, tied with Washington. The Wizards went 13 days between games after six players tested positive for COVID-19 and three others had to sit out because of contact tracing. Memphis will have gone 12 days without games if it plays in San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs had Monday night’s game with New Orleans postponed but beat Boston on Wednesday night. The NBA has postponed 22 games this season, 21 since Jan. 10. The Grizzlies still are waiting for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow to return from injuries sustained last summer in the bubble. Once Memphis resumes playing, it is looking at playing 41 games in potentially 67 days. At least Morant is healthier. The NBA Rookie of the Year had only been back two games from a sprained left ankle when the Grizzlies were forced to stop playing. He’s played only five of Memphis’ 13 games so far. “I took this time to allow my ankle to heal even more and continue to get stronger to you know, be back to the Ja, you know, who’s just jumping around and stuff,” Morant said. “So I feel like although it was tough, it was good for me.”___Follow Teresa M. Walker at https://twitter.com/TeresaMWalker___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGrizzlies back to practicing, hope to resume season quickly — The China Post, Taiwan