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SAN FRANCISCO — Ja Morant was out with right knee soreness, so the Memphis Grizzlies couldn’t call 12 like they have so many times this season.

Someone else had to step up, so Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins called on Jaren Jackson Jr. With the Grizzlies trailing by one and 45 seconds left, Jackson got an isolation on the right wing against Draymond Green. He attacked left towards the rim and shot a short contested jumper that rimmed out. 

The Grizzlies led for most of Monday night, but they failed to close the game in a 101-98 Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.

Golden State now takes a commanding 3-1 lead. Game 5 will shift back to Memphis on Wednesday.

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Here are some observations from Game 4:

lineup changes 

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins announced that Ja Morant was out about 90 minutes before the game. As expected Tyus Jones started in place of Morant. Memphis also made another adjustment by starting Steven Adams in place of Xavier Tillman. Adams started Games 1 and 2 of the first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves before being benched and entering health and safety protocols. He returned for Game 3 against Golden State, but didn’t enter the game until late in the fourth quarter. 





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