On Wednesday, the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies squared off for the second time in the 2023-24 season. The game is a part of the home-and-away series, as the two teams face each other again on Friday in Memphis.
The Rockets won the first game 111-91 earlier in the season, but Wednesday's game was much different, as the Grizzlies were playing without Desmond Bane due to an illness. The Rockets were without the services of Amen Thompson for the same reason.
The Grizzlies did, however, have Jaren Jackson Jr., the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who was fresh off of a 41-point game against the Dallas Mavericks. Jackson went viral for a crossover on Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr., prompting the Grizzlies' Twitter account to post the clip.
However, the play didn't culminate in any points, as Jackson dished it to Grizzlies center Bismack Biyombo, who was fouled at the cup. So why exactly post the crossover?
No one talks about crossovers that don't lead to points because it's....kinda useless. You lose major style points when it doesn't result in a score.
Grizzlies embarrass themselves in Rockets game.
Think about it. The most vicious and memorable crossovers lead to points. It's what makes it newsworthy.
Think about Allen Iverson crossing over Michael Jordan as a rookie. Would we remember that if Iverson didn't hit the pull up jumper?
Or what about Rockets legend James Harden, who dropped Wesley Johnson in 2017-18? You know, the notorious "clean up on aisle three" play when Johnson was a member of the LA Clippers?
Would that play be of any importance if Harden didn't sink the step-back long-range jumper?
Look, I get it. The Grizzlies have had a forgettable season and need something to look forward to.
And there's not been much good to promote. However, posting a clip of a meaningless crossover is more embarrassing than the Grizzlies' 6-16 record, which is why the brunt of the replies to the social media post were reminders that the play was meaningless.
Do better, Grizzlies Twitter admin.