The Minnesota Timberwolwes opened a 26-point lead in the second quarter of Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies but Ja Morant and company weren't willing to go down without a fight. After scoring 39 points in the first quarter, the Timberwolwes seemingly forgot how to play on offense in the rest of the game as the Grizzlies erased a 26-point deficit to win 104-95 and take a 2-1 lead in the series.
In the second quarter, microphones caught Karl-Anthony Towns saying to his teammates: "We in Minnesota now." After helping the Grizzlies clinch a stunning comeback win, Morant hit back at Towns in a hilarious way. "We in Minnesota now," Morant tweeted with a smiling emoji.
Morant had a triple-double as he scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. "We all know the game is never over until there are zeros on the clock," Morant said.
Morant admits he is disrespectful
The Timberwolwes players trash talk a lot and Morant is always ready to return them the same energy. "I'm disrespectful just like they're disrespectful," he said. Desmond Bane, who scored a game-high 28 points for the Grizzlies, admitted the Grizzlies were a bit lost at the start of the game.
"We didn't have the start we wanted to have," Bane said. "We lost our juice. We were kind of flailing." Morant didn't have a huge scoring performance and he gave his teammates credit to stepping up in Game 3. "[My teammates] deserve a lot more respect and recognition for what they do for us on the floor," Morant added.
"We believe we're the deepest team in the league." The Grizzlies were getting torched on the defensive end at the start of the game but that changed as the game progressed. "I thought our defensive edge was there, especially when [the Timberwolves] were throwing haymakers, hitting big-time shots," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said.
"Luckily, the guys know the themes of this series -- we stay consistent in that area. I don't think we're going to hold them to 95 points moving forward, but credit to the guys for having activity, even when your offense is significantly struggling." After a heartbreaking loss, Towns revealed what were his plans for the night. "Go home, drink some wine. Move on to the next day."