As the NBA world knows, Ja Morant was suspended this summer for 25 games due to his extracurricular activities on social media.
The Memphis Grizzlies have had a very rough start to their season, without Ja and a handful of other players due to injury. Luckily, the Dallas Mavericks seem to have caught a break as they have already played Memphis three out of the four times this season.
Ja Morant made his NBA return as you would expect, in high fashion, reminding everyone who he is and what type of player wants to be. If the Mavericks faced this team with Ja, the games would've been more competitive and who knows if Dallas would be leading the season series 2-1 as they are right now.
How the Ja Morant suspension quietly worked in the Mavericks' favor
Morant finished his night in New Orleans by playing 35 minutes while capturing 34 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. He also had the play of the night, leaving a cherry on top of his debut.
Over the past few weeks, the Mavericks have been hit with as many injuries as anyone, so wins in the West will matter all year. It's been impressive to see how resilient this team is and how they are still fighting for wins despite the injuries.
The Mavericks have a season series count of 2-1 over the Memphis Grizzlies and the loss came in a game where Doncic didn't play and Kyrie Irving only scored 10 points. This team should be confident against anyone in the West fully healthy, and shouldn't count out any teams like Memphis for example.
There is a long road until the post-season, and standings will fluctuate over and over again. The West has 12 true teams that could make the playoffs. As teams gain players back it'll be interesting to see how the Western Conference standings shape up.
This Ja Morant suspension truly ended up working in Dallas' favor as they played Memphis three times in the first 25 games. That was extremely good luck on the Mavs' part, and their final regular season game against Memphis is on January 9.
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