Ja Morant showed off his best qualities in his first game back following his 25-game ban imposed by the NBA.
He led the Grizzlies from a 24-point hole to win by two points over the Pelicans at the buzzer.
As thrilling as it was to have Morant back, the Grizzlies' victory only made their record 7-19 after they had a terrible season without him.
Indeed, Morant preserved Memphis's season in New Orleans that evening, but could he do the same for its team?
The Grizzlies' run of four straight victories, starting with Morant's heroics, pulled the team to within nine games of.500.
After that, they dropped four of their next five games to revert to their starting lineup position, which was 12 games below breakeven.
Whichever way the team is currently positioned, Morant's presence has been and always will be enough to give fans faith that they can turn things around and contend for a postseason run.
As an example, in his first eight games back on the court, Morant has averaged 25.6 points, 8.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. In those six games, the Grizzlies are 5-3.
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