'Why should I be scared?' Ja Morant puts NBA's big men on notice after Cavs win

Joshua Rogers January 5, 2022
‘Why should I be scared?’ Ja Morant puts NBA’s big men on notice after Cavs win
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Ja Morant is playing at an extraordinary level, propelling the Grizzlies into contention in the Western Conference. After a recent win against the Cavs, Morant put the NBA’s big men on notice letting them know he isn’t scared.

Not only is Ja Morant playing at an All-Star level, he’s currently playing at an All-NBA level. The fearless Grizzlies point guard has been a tear recently, cementing himself as one of the most athletic and exciting point guards in the NBA today.

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Ja Morant on NBA’s big men: ‘Why should I be scared?’

The 22-year-old is a walking highlight reel and willing to head-to-head with any shot blocker in the league. Ja recently went up against the likes of Lauri Markkanen, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, and once again was undeterred by his taller opponents.

The former ROY continued to impress on Tuesday night, finishing with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals in a 110-106 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6ft 3in guard scored six big points in the final 30 seconds of the game, including tough back-to-back layups to give Memphis the W.

During his post-game interview, Morant put the league – and especially the big men – on notice, saying: “I don’t fear nobody, dawg. I don’t care if you 7ft 7in or whatever, I’m coming straight at you.”

Morant then responded to the interview on Twitter by retweeting the video with the caption: “Why should I be scared? We put our shoes on the same way.”

NBA Twitter reacts to Morant heroics

Unsurprisingly, Morant is quickly becoming a fan favourite. Ja is almost single-handedly putting Memphis back into contention in the West after being in limbo since the days of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley.

On an almost nightly basis Morant is throwing down vicious dunks and making big plays – and NBA Twitter is giving him his props.

Ja has been on a tear recently

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently fourth seed in the Western Conference, and Morant is enjoying his best year since entering the league. In his last six games, Morant has averaged an incredible 30.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 6.2 APG on 53.4% shooting from the field and 60.9% shooting from three.

For the season, Ja is averaging a career high in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. He has bumped his average PPG by six points (25.1 PPG), and has increased his FG% from 45% to 49%. Ja is also shooting 40% from three on 4.3 attempts per game.

He has also done it in big games. Morant scored 33 points in a win against the No.2 Suns and more recently lit up LeBron and the Lakers for 41 points, and 10 rebounds on 6-of-7 from three.

The rest of the league better watch out.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.