With the final fixture of the 2021 NBA playoffs decided, the Utah Jazz now know their opposition in the
the first round will be surprise entrants Memphis Grizzlies, who needed overtime to beat the Warriors
in a thriller of a game.
The Jazz has been having a brilliant season and are widely considered the best, most cohesive team
in the league. The Jazz has followed an egalitarian philosophy of offense that has successfully
spread the points around rather than having a single standout, to great success. They have, as a
result, an extremely talented roster – two of the three finalists for the Sixth Man of the Year play for
Utah. Despite the formidable challenge presented by the Grizzlies’ record – winning the play-in
tournament is no mean feat – Utah will be feeling invincible at the moment, buoyed by the amazing
feeling of optimism that has taken over.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are having a wild ride. Having finished with only the ninth-best record in
the conference and with one of the Lakers and Warriors to play, nobody really expected them to
make a playoff run. But following a blowout against the Spurs and a remarkable show of resilience
against the Warriors, the Grizzlies will now face the ultimate test against probably the very best this
season has to offer. While winning over a seven-game series is obviously a different beast entirely,
the Grizzlies will hope to carry over their exciting form from the play-ins and get some
accolades for their equally exciting, young roster.
With the playoffs presenting a world of possibilities, anything can happen; but Utah will definitely be
considered favorites against the Grizzlies, underdog antics aside. Memphis will be relying on star
player Ja Morant to see if they can pull off another upset and keep their dream run going.
Jazz vs. Grizzlies Series Schedule
Game 1: Sunday, May 23 at 9:30 ET
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 at 10 ET
Game 3: Saturday, May 29
Game 4: Monday, May 31
Game 5: Wednesday, June 2
Game 6: Friday, June 4
Game 7: Sunday, June 6
honestly not sure why everyone was so against the idea of a grizzlies/jazz first round. the former grizzlies star point guard vs. the current grizzlies star point guard is a wonderful storyline. plus this team is just so much fun.
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) May 22, 2021
Grizzlies defense vs that Jazz offense should be interesting I’ll give this series a chance
— ً (@whoyoufooIin) May 22, 2021