MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thursday's win over Sacramento secured the Grizzlies first winning season since 2017, and guaranteed that Sunday's game Golden State will determine the 8 Seed in the West. With virtually no stakes resting on Friday's home finale, the top of the rotation will get a well-earned night off.
Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Anderson, Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke are out for Friday's home finale. Grayson Allen and Sean McDermott remain out with injuries as well.
The Grizz need the breather before the week ahead, as the squad seeks its first play-in win of the 'Next Gen' era.
"Every player on this team, we haven't been in this spot, playing meaningful basketball," Dillon Brooks said, after dropping 30 points on Sacramento Thursday. "We just have to become ready and just play hard. That's all I want. Guys to play hard and leave it all out there."
If Memphis can top the Warriors on Sunday, they will earn the No. 8 seed, double elimination protection, and the right to play the Lakers for the 7-seed in the traditional NBA Playoffs.
If they lose, Memphis plays the Spurs in a single-elimination battle in the 9/10 game.