Overreacting to Game 1 of each NBA Playoff series

Overreacting to Game 1 of each NBA Playoff series

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“It’s the Tyus Jones series now” and “LA has a Big 3”

The momentum seesawed dramatically from Los Angeles to Memphis during a short span of time in the Lakers’ season-opening win. Just before halftime, Anthony Davis collided with Jaren Jackson Jr. and lost feeling in his right arm. Fortunately, it was just a stinger, and per usual, Davis re-emerged for the second half. Then, mere minutes into the second half, Ja Morant crashed to the floor, braced himself with his right hand, and then disappeared into the tunnel. Backup point guard Tyus Jones could make a case for being the league’s best understudy at the position, but Morant is everything for Memphis. Morant’s availability for Game 2 is in question as he was reportedly still in pain. The fate of Memphis’s season likely rests in Jones’ hands in the interim.

In games, Morant has missed this season, Jones has averaged 16.8 points alongside 8.2 assists, and he’s had plenty of practice as well. This is Jones’ team until further notice.

While we’re making overreactions, this is no longer the AD-LeBron Lakers. Austin Reaves deserves consideration on the marquee. (Probably not yet, but it’s worth contemplating.)

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