Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant made it clear he and his teammates aren't backing down from anyone and they are always ready to respond to trash talk. The Grizzlies beat the New York Knicks 120-108 on Wednesday night in New York.
Knicks big man Julius Randle was ejected in the fourth quarter of the game after multiple run-ins with Desmond Bane. "There ain't no running in the M, man," Morant said, according to ESPN. "We climb up the chimney.
We ain't ducking no smoke. We're gonna let everybody know we're here. "We're gonna play hard. We're trying to get a win, and if you don't like it? Oh well."
Morant and Co. always ready to trash talk and play ball
Jaren Jackson also had a strong performance for the Grizzlies as he posted 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
"You know us," said Jackson. "You know how we play. We play with energy, we play with intensity. We love that. That brings joy to us, that back-and-forth. That's just what we like. So if you want to play that game, we'll play that game.
It's cool. It's all in between the lines. We're competing for something huge. "It's never personal. I don't care who I'm talking to. It's just a person right here, and I'm just going to say what I feel and I'm gonna do what I feel, too, and that's what they're gonna do, too.
And we appreciate that. If you bring it and we're on that, that's cool." Morant said after the game that Jackson should be the NBA Defensive Player of the year and Bane the Most Improved Player of the year. "Make sure you hear me loud and clear right now," said Morant, who also said Bane should be this year's Most Improved Player.
"[The] Defensive Player of the Year is sitting to the left of me right now. We was on ESPN tonight -- I hope you're all watching this interview and actually giving my dog some credit, some recognition for how he's playing on the defensive end, as well as on the offensive end.
I feel like there's not too many bigs in the league who can do both as good as he's doing, so there y'all go. "Look who he's guarding. He's having different matchups. He had Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. He had [Nikola] Jokic.
Tonight he had Julius Randle. He's able to guard guards out on the perimeter. And they're not scoring. So I think that's pretty much what it is."