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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins was recently asked if Ja Morant’s return feels like starting a new season (3-0 with Morant).

(via Memphis Grizzlies):

Reporter: “Does it almost feel like a new season?”

Jenkins: “I think it’s just like a renewed energy, for sure. I think our spirits have been phenomenal over the season despite all the adversity and challenges. Obviously game 26, everyone was pointing to getting Ja back. Obviously we’re really excited to get Marcus [Smart] back and Luke [Kennard] back as well, but just getting whole, what you’re envisioning going into the season, what you’re fully capable of. I think there was a lot of good work done despite a 6 and whatever it was 19 record. The records are the records, but I thought the effort and the spirit and the togetherness and the things that we’re working on obviously allows us when Ja comes back to have a seamless transition. That was the whole process for the two months, being prepared as possible for these guys to develop and be ready for when Ja was back. I’m really excited to see obviously a good three game start, and we’ve just got to keep building on that consistency.”