Of all 82 games on the NBA schedule this season, this one was probably circled in red marker on Mike Conley’s calendar. Conley, who spent the first 12 seasons of his NBA life in Memphis, returns home to face the team he represented for over a decade. To read more about what Conley means to the Grizzlies organization, and what’s in store for his return, check out this excellent piece on Grizzly Bear Blues by Joe Mullinax.
This game will also mark the first reunion of the Jazz and Jae Crowder (and Grayson Allen, who has been ruled out due to injury), who was part of the deal that brough Mike Conley to Utah. Jae Crowder was loved among fans and brought a true sense of grit and toughness to a Jazz team that really needed it. It’s going to be fun to see Jae and see how he interacts with the Jazz players tonight in Memphis.
When: Friday, November 15th, 2019 • 6:00pm MT
Where: FedExForum • Memphis, TN
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
How will Mike Conley play with emotions running high?
It’s going to be an emotional game for Mike Conley without a doubt. How will that emotion make him play? It would be fun to see him go off in front of his Memphis crowd, who wouldn’t be able to help themselves from cheering despite if it meant him destroying their own team.
Mike Conley, on Monday in San Francisco, on his imminent return to Memphis: “I’m trying to stay ... locked in on what we’re doing here. But it’s around the corner and I can’t hide from it. I’m excited, anxious, nervous just going back with a different team.” pic.twitter.com/l8OICItjfc— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) November 14, 2019
How will the Jazz defend Ja Morant?
After Zion Williamson was ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury, Ja Morant almost immediately became everyone’s favorite rookie. Morant has been great so far in his rookie season, and is coming off his best game of the season in a 23 point, 11 assist performance plus the game-winner Wednesday night in Charlotte. Morant is a playmaker. You’ve probably seen his incredible dunks from high school and college, but he does much more than dunk. He’s going to be a really special player.
It will be interesting to see how the Jazz defend Morant, and if they can keep him in check. It will be a key to the game and will help determine who comes out with the W.
Dante Exum back???
Could tonight be the night? The Jazz announced Dante Exum was probably for tonight’s game, which means we might just see our first version of 2019-2020 Dante Exum tonight. I’m really interested to see where Exum falls in the rotation and what role he plays on this Jazz team. It will be great to have Ex back on the floor.
Dante Exum is listed as probable for Friday’s game against Memphis.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) November 14, 2019
I will never be able to look at the Memphis Grizzlies court without remembering the greatest sports moment of all-time.
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