Jerryd Bayless Giving Memphis Grizzlies Valuable Scoring Punch

By John Raffel
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Jerryd Bayless is starting to score like crazy for the Memphis Grizzlies. His team is hoping it continues in a major way.

Bayless scored 15 points in Wednesday’s 103-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, and is averaging 19.8 over the past five games. His season average is up to 7.0.

Memphis, 30-18, has lost two straight and fell for the eighth time in its last 14 games. Bayless is doing all he can to keep his team going strong. New acquisitions Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye from the Detroit Pistons obviously need to pick up the pace, or else the Grizzlies’ could be in a dangerous tailspin for awhile.

Bayless is really starting to deliver in recent games for the Grizzlies. He was incredible on Tuesday in a 96-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns in which he contributed 29 sensational minutes. From the floor, Bayless connected on 11-of-15 shots and was 3-of-4 in three-pointers. He hit all four of his free throws and wound up with 29 points.

The previous six games, he was in double figures including 23 points against Oklahoma City Thunder and 21 points against the Philadelphia 76ers.  His shooting percentages have been sharp. He’s distributing the ball well, as evident by nine assists against the Sixers, and eight in a recent win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Bayless is among the Grizzlies’ best weapons right now, and he hopes to stay that way. The team needs that too in order to remain a strong factor in the NBA‘s Western Conference race this season.

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