Perloff: Ja Morant taking 30+ shots per game 'not a championship formula' for Grizzlies


Ja Morant needed just one good eye to help the Memphis Grizzlies even their Western Conference semifinal bout against the Golden State Warriors. Playing with blurred vision in his left eye -- he was poked on a rebound attempt in the third quarter -- Morant exhibited his stardom on Tuesday inside FedEx Forum, scoring 47 points with eight assists and rebounds in a 106-101 win in Game 2.

Although the Warriors finished the regular season ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating and third in points allowed, they simply had no answer for Morant in crunchtime. According to ESPN Stats, the 22-year-old scored 15 of the Grizzlies' 17 points in clutch time, which comes in the final five minutes of a game within five points. He also became just the third player in NBA history to record multiple 45-point games in the postseason before turning 23.

"All this love for Morant. What I saw a lot of was, one guy at the top of the key dribbling out the 24-second clock, making shots," Andrew Perloff said during Maggie and Perloff on Wednesday. "Tell me the last time that formula won an NBA championship. Tell me the last time a 6-foot-2 scoring point guard won a championship... I don't see this as a championship formula with Morant taking 35 shots per game... This style isn't going to win a championship."

"So, this might not be a championship formula. But can I not appreciate what happened last night?" Maggie Gray said. "I didn't look at it as Ja being selfish or not a team player. I looked around at the rest of the Grizzles, and was like, 'If Ja's not going to win this game, who the hell is?'... Grizzlies have a closer... And to have somebody who can take over in the last three minutes like that, that's everything in the playoffs."

Memphis, which earned the West's second-seed with a 56-26 overall record, will play Game 3 against Golden State on Saturday night at Chase Center, with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Grizzlies currently have a 43-percent chance to reach the West Finals and just a 14-percent chance to make their first NBA Finals in franchise history.

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on Morant and the Grizzles' playoff hopes can be accessed in the audio player above.

You can follow the Maggie and Perloff Show on Twitter @MaggieandPerl and Tom Hanslin @TomHanslin.

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