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The Week in Review

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Now the world knows what Memphians have known:

Ja Morant is not your average NBA player. He is not your above-average player. He is your worst-nightmare-chase-you-block-the-shot-graze-his-head-on-the-backboard-because-he-is-too-bouncy player.

It took this kind of play, and against the Lakers, for national NBA fans to comprehend.

In the worst luck, Dillon Brooks suffered an ankle injury and is out three to five weeks. The NBA health and safety protocols released a number of Grizzlies players. Then it swallowed Steven Adams and even coach Taylor Jenkins. This has to stop sometime, right?

The Tigers football team is in search of a new offensive coordinator, what with Kevin Johns having departed for Duke.

The Tigers basketball team is on a roll, with two road games coming up. Keep those Quad I wins coming.

Memphis 901 FC is bringing back some vital pieces from last season’s playoff squad.

And let us celebrate former Tigers football coach Billy “Spook” Murphy finally being selected for the College Football Hall of Fame. (Emphasis on “finally.”)

The pandemic is not over. Wear your masks and get vaccinated (think of the poor parents who might have to — or already — wrangle with their kids returning to remote learning as schools are inundated with positive COVID tests again). – Elaine Sung, sports editor

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It was a quiet Thursday at FedExForum. But Ja Morant is so incandescent, he makes every night a memory.

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Ja Morant is the first player this season to earn the honor in consecutive weeks. 

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Laurent Kissiedou scored four goals and assisted on five last season.

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Three decades after he was first nominated, former University of Memphis coach Billy “Spook” Murphy is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. 

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Kevin Johns joins the Blue Devils in the same capacity after three seasons in Memphis. 

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The Grizzlies made the Lakers their latest victim, and Ja Morant created one of the top highlights of his young career. 

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Behind Harris and a resurgent Emoni Bates, the Tigers won their third straight AAC game.

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Box score: Memphis 87, Cincinnati 80

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Brooks, who was injured Saturday against the Clippers, is a critical piece to the Grizzlies’ defense.

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Without Ja Morant or Steven Adams, Memphis responded to the Clippers’ hot start with top performances from Jackson and Desmond Bane.

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Brad Jones will serve as the acting head coach for the Grizzlies, who are in Los Angeles to play the Clippers and Lakers.

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The Grizzlies will be without their starting center on the two-game Los Angeles trip.

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Four players score in double figures as Mustangs get back into the swing of things with impressive road victory.

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Taylor Jenkins coached the Grizzlies to the most wins in the NBA in December. 

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