On Monday night time, the Grizzlies clinched a return journey to the revised and extra superior play-in event, however they do not need to endure the identical destiny.
“It feels good. We labored exhausting for it. However like we mentioned final yr, we need to recover from the hump. The job will not be achieved,” Memphis guard Dillon Brooks mentioned after scoring a game-high 23 factors in a 115-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
“We need to seed ourselves effectively and play exhausting each single recreation. But it surely’s good to know that we clinched.”
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned the crew did not have an outlined aim of creating the play-in event this season however did have targets that, with out immediately saying it, would lead them there.
“We discovered lots final yr,” Jenkins mentioned. “We had an amazing likelihood. A very good first season. We’re having a great second season right here. We’re getting examined lots this time of yr looking for our consistency and looking for our greatest basketball of the yr.
“I am pleased with the fellows for preventing all season lengthy particularly with the schedule we’re going through proper now. We’re simply taking it sooner or later at a time. That is form of our M.O. That is what’s driving us. That is what allowed us to get this victory as we speak and hopefully we play even higher tomorrow.”
Memphis performs once more on Tuesday in opposition to Dallas at house, and has one other back-to-back on Thursday and Friday, internet hosting Sacramento each instances.
The Grizzlies end with a recreation at Golden State on Sunday that might decide the seeding for the play-in.
Proper now, Memphis is within the ninth spot within the play-in state of affairs, that means if the season ended as we speak, the Grizzlies must play within the nine-10 recreation and must win twice with a purpose to make the playoffs. They’re chasing Golden State within the eighth spot.
Memphis can also be two video games up on San Antonio for the tenth spot, so a house recreation could be within the works if the Grizzlies do not get by the Warriors.
In opposition to the Pelicans on Monday, Memphis constructed up a 14-point lead within the second quarter, nevertheless it rapidly evaporated because the Pelicans went on a 21-3 run to begin the third. Memphis was in a position to chip away and get the lead again within the fourth quarter whereas holding on to the victory.
“We’re in each single recreation. It does not matter what crew we play. We’re all the time in tight video games. It is a good studying expertise for us,” Brooks mentioned.
“We discover alternative ways to win. We would not prefer it no different means simply to study being in shut video games as a result of each different recreation goes to be shut. The play-in recreation goes to be shut. However we simply should be accustomed to it and preserve our composure and like as we speak, work out a approach to win.”