One of the strengths of the Grizzlies this season has been the ability of the group to find solutions to compensate for the absence of major players. We can thus cite Ziaire Williams who was invaluable in the absence of Dillon Brooks. Inside, Brandon Clarke or more recently Xavier Tillman also showed what they could offer off the bench. And on the back positions, it is Tyus Jones and De’Anthony Melton who make the law and allow Ja Morant to treat his knee problems in peace.
Each in their own style, with perhaps more academic basketball for Tyus Jones and a bit more madness in that of De’Anthony Melton, the two bring a tremendous boost to Memphis in the last games.
De’Anthony Melton, a real series shooter
Starting with De’Anthony Melton who has just played five games in a row with at least four 3-point baskets scored and more than 50% success. The rear was particularly distinguished by its ability to catch fire on short sequences and shine with its efficiency.
Against Milwaukee this weekend, he planted four 3-point baskets in less than two minutes at the end of the third quarter, leaving the defending champion completely knocked out. This is what we call a series shooter, capable of going through periods of scarcity as was the case when he left his Covid protocol in January, or conversely, as now, of sending heavy with a high percentage.
“Honestly, I think it’s something that has stayed with me throughout my career. Once I’m launched, I’m launched”he said, also highlighting the importance he places on balance when taking a shot. “I have to make sure that my base is wide, good enough and solid. Before, I used to have my feet a little too close together. You just have to establish that and make sure I get under the ball, and use my legs as well. These are three things I try to do every day”.
Tyus Jones, all-risk insurance
Tyus Jones has also been scoring points for several games as the starting point guard, culminating in one of his best career games tonight at 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and no loss of ball in 36 minutes of play. The symbol of this team capable of constantly renewing itself.
“Everyone can have an impact on the game. Every evening, we have a player who stands out from the bench. All season, Tyus came off the bench and now starts in the five major. What a game from him! Whether it’s his assist-to-drop ratio, the big 3-point shots he’s made, or the confidence he’s playing with.”said his coach, Taylor Jenkins. “We are going to need this depth for the future”.
This is how the “Super Subs” saved the skin of the Grizzlies on the Spurs floor last night in a breathless final, between Tyus Jones’ 7 points and his decisive pass to De’Anthony Melton, at 3- points of course! So many actions that helped force the decision in their favor, all in a hostile context.
“Of course, it’s not a playoff game, but it looked like it. With an away match, the course of the game that doesn’t necessarily go your way when you return from the locker room, the opponent who shoots, who comes back in the race. We were able to bounce back and throw another punch at them to keep our heads above water in the end.”slipped Tyus Jones, who still found himself with two strapped fingers to end the match. ” How are you. It would have been clearly more painful if we had lost.he concluded.
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