What Ja Morant’s tweet means for Grizzlies to beat Golden State

SAN FRANCISCO — Ja Morant tweeted – and then deleted – those three defining words.

“Broke the code,” he wrote upon limping to the bus waiting to take these Memphis Grizzlies away from the carnage inflicted upon them at the Chase Center Saturday night.

They had nothing to do with the outcome of Game 3, at 142-112 bludgeoning delivered by the Golden State Warriors that sent an unmistakable message about how hard it will be to take out these former champions.

But those three words, the words Golden State coach Steve Kerr first invoked to describe the flagrant foul committed by Dillon Brooks in Game 2, have everything to do with the Grizzlies’ approach to the Western Conference semifinals trailing 2-1 moving forward.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke defends a shot by Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. during game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Chase Center on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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Were they words born from defiance, from a player undeterred by the deluge rained upon his team by Golden State?

Were they words of desperation, of a team grasping at anything to take the attention away from a defeat in which they looked completely out-matched?

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