August 13, 2020, 6:28 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas was brilliant in a must-win affair on Thursday, posting 26 points, 19 boards and 12 assists in 32 minutes.
The Grizzlies could have missed the play-in game with a loss so they needed all that Valančiūnas could provide on Thursday. He also chipped in with one block and two 3-pointers and shot the ball very well, going 11-of-17 from the field. Valančiūnas will have his work cut out for him against either Deandre Ayton or Jusuf Nurkić on Saturday. If the Blazers win, the Grizzlies will have to win two games in order to earn the final playoff spot. If the Blazers lose, the Grizzlies will have to win one game against the Suns in order to clinch a postseason berth.