For the Grizzlies, saving the season will be contingent on if they can built off their fourth-quarter in the Game 4 loss to the Jazz, coach Taylor Jenkins said.
“We’re right there, we’re literally going toe-to-toe against the best team in the NBA,” Jenkins told reporters after Monday’s 120-113 loss. “We’re doing a lot of things great compared to previous game. We got to find ways to do more.”
After pulling off an upset Game 1, the Grizzlies have lost three straight and are o the brink of elimination heading into Wednesday at Utah. The Grizzlies are the No. 8 seed, the Jazz are No. 1. So no one expected this to be anything more than a learning experience for Ja Morant and the rest of the Grizzlies.
“They just have a response to everything,” Jenkins said. “It’s actually encouraging that, with the group that we have against the group that they have, we’re going toe-to-toe.
“You’re never going to play a perfect game. You’ve got to play a perfect game against this team, and we’re so close.”
In other words, that’s about Jenkins is hoping for in what is expected to be the final game of the season for Memphis. But as he alluded, it’s an opportunity to believe the next step can be taken next season.