Memphis Grizzlies dominate as the Toronto Raptors drop their second straight game

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Toronto Raptors suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies to a score of 119-106. Canada's team was without their All-Star point guard, Fred VanVleet, which definitely hurt them, however, they had opportunities to win this game but could not execute throughout. 

Memphis dominated throughout this game and it was rarely ever close. Ja Morant had a sensational game but might be overlooked in terms of his other performances thus far this season. The superstar guard finished with 19 points and a career-high 17 assists. He's taken a serious jump in his playmaking skills and it was on full display here.

That was one of the main differences in this game as the Grizzlies had a clear floor general to control the tempo and flow of the game for them and the Raptors didn't. The entire Toronto Raptors team finished with 21 assists, which is just four more than Morant's.

Toronto did a great job at containing the basketball and forcing the Grizzlies over as they forced 15 turnovers and only coughed it up eight times. Despite this, the halfcourt offence was a struggle as it's been all season long and creating good offensive opportunities was a clear issue and is reflected by the poor 40 percent shooting from the field.

Pascal Siakam finished with another solid game with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Gary Trent Jr. added 20 points off the bench. Scottie Barnes and O.G. Anunoby struggled for Toronto, which hurt their chances to win, especially since Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr. outplayed them.

Just when things were looking good for the Raptors they lose back-to-back games and they're back in a bad place. The trade deadline is over a month away and it will be interesting to follow along with what this team may eventually do to this roster. They fall to 15-20 on the season and will face the Phoenix Suns on Friday at 7:30 PM ET.