NBA Live Chat: Brooklyn Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. EST

Not eclipsed by the imminent return of Kyrie Irving to the basketball court on Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets will have their arms full on Monday night when they welcome Ja Morant and the Grizzlies to the Clays.

Morant is having a fantastic season, showing he is one of the handful of rising stars who have the capacity to shape the future of the league for the next decade and more.

Brooklyn won’t have Irving in the lineup on Monday, but they will have Kevin Durant and James Harden leading the show.

The Grizzlies are a young team with a ton of upside potential, looking to make a statement this season and show they’re ready to be donned as a title contender.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (23-11) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (23-14)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

O: NBA TV (national), YES (local), WFAN-FM (radio)

Game preview.

Player to watch: Ja Morant

The young thug! Morant does everything for the Grizzlies because he’s the engine that makes it all buzz. He’s shooting a career-best 40 percent of his three-point range with 25/6/7 averages per game. He’s deadly on dribbling and is second in the NBA in drives per game. A player like Ja who attacks constantly and is able to finish incredibly well on the edge is causing problems for all defenders and the Nets will have to work really hard to keep him out of the paint.

At the Grizzly Bear Blues, EdMemphis wrote about the young star’s defense and noted:

“Morant has really upped his defense a few notches lately as he’s been the team’s best winger defender in several games since coming back. He picks up in perfect timing on the pick n roll, he doesn’t get caught too far in his clash, and he does a great job challenging every shot he defends.

The league has so many great young stars, and Morant is going to be one of the faces of the NBA for a long, long time. I love it.

James Harden has been looking pretty good since his return from Protocols. He has played back-to-back 30-point doubles and looks more and more like his MVP. If Harden continues to assert himself attacking the basket and hitting the free throw line, that will fuel the Nets’ offense and help resolve some of the spacing issues presented by some lineups. A few weeks away from (hopefully) full blast Brooklyn, we’ll see how Harden’s game continues to evolve.

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