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Grizzlies look for back-to-back wins as Pacers visit
Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies
- The Pacers beat the Grizzlies 126-114 last Monday for their fourth victory in their last five meetings, though Indiana has lost nine of the last 11 matchups in Memphis. In last week's meeting, the Pacers' points were a season high and their 18 3-pointers were one shy of a franchise record.
- The Pacers' season-high five-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 119-116 loss at Philadelphia despite shooting a season-high 55.3 percent and going 11-of-22 from 3-point range. It was the first time Indiana lost a game while shooting 55 percent or better and making 10 or more 3-pointers since March 17, 1999, also at Philadelphia. Indiana is shooting a league-leading 51.4 percent since November 23.
- T.J. Warren scored 29 on Saturday, and is averaging 23.5 points on 60.7 percent shooting in his last four games after averaging 11.0 points on 28.0 percent shooting in his previous four. His current stretch started with 26 against the Grizzlies on 11-of-15 shooting.
- Malcolm Brogdon made all eight of his free throws Saturday, and is now 25-for-25 from the foul line this season in road games. Brogdon, who made his first 31 free throws on the road last season with the Bucks, is the only Pacer in the last 15 seasons to make his first 25 free throws on the road.
- The Grizzlies ended a season-worst six-game skid with Sunday's 115-107 win at Minnesota. They had a season-high 67 second-half points and a season-best 53 points off the bench.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 12.7 points on 32.5 percent shooting in his last three games after scoring a season-high 28 points while making 10-of-15 shots at Indiana last week. He is averaging 18.3 points in six games against Eastern Conference teams this season and 13.2 points in 12 contests vs. West foes.
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A Monday night matchup pits the host Memphis Grizzlies coming in on a much different trajectory than their opponents, the Indiana Pacers.
Memphis snapped a six-game skid its last time out, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road Sunday despite playing short-handed.
The Grizzlies were without rookie Ja Morant, leading the way this season with 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game. Morant crashed into a photographer during Memphis' 126-114 loss to this same Pacers bunch on Nov. 25, and despite avoiding serious injury, he missed Sunday's game with back spasms.
"If I play, I'm playing. I can't control my minutes or anything," Morant told reporters the day following his crash in Indiana.
The initial plan of Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was not to reduce Morant's minutes, as he played Wednesday and Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz. Sunday marked Morant's first absence in a situation the team will monitor over the coming weeks.
Indiana's win over Memphis a week ago was the middle of a five-game winning streak, which ended in the Pacers' most recent game. They fell in the final minute to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, 119-116, when Ben Simmons made a critical steal that led to a score late.
"You can't beat teams ... when you have (19) turnovers. You just can't," Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters after the game.
The loss in Philadelphia was the second leg of a back-to-back for Indiana, which won in overtime over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. In contrast with Saturday, Indiana committed four fewer turnovers despite the extra frame against Atlanta.
A common thread in both contests was the play of T.J. Warren. Since scoring just two points against Orlando on Nov. 23, he's been on a tear, averaging 23.5 over the last four.
Warren's 29 points in Philadelphia marked his second-highest output of the season. He scored 26 in the previous meeting with Memphis. And although his 16 against Atlanta was Warren's lowest point total of the current stretch, he hit what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime.
The Pacers continue to play without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who McMillan recently told reporters would remain practicing with G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
While Indiana has had months to adjust its lineup without Oladipo, dating back to the quadriceps tear last January, Memphis' experimentation with the lineup sans Morant is new.
Initial results went well, with De'Anthony Melton and Bruno Caboclo seeing the most action they have all season. Caboclo delivered with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Melton had an outstanding all-around game with nine points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
Solomon Hill and Grayson Allen also played prominent minutes off the bench. Allen's been integrating more into the lineup since returning from an ankle injury sustained early in November.
Allen made 3 of 6 3-pointers against Minnesota, answering his coach's call for more consistent scoring production from the second-year guard.
--Field Level Media
Updated December 2, 2019