Jay Morant was charged with a technical foul during the first quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies’ 109-106 loss to the Boston Celtics for asking a referee if he had placed a bet with FanDuel.
Now that many states have legalized sports betting, it’s probably not a good idea to ask the official this question before, during, or even after a game. Boston was a 3.5-point favorite over Memphis.
Given Morant’s sense of humor, he did it for laughs.
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A man sitting courtside told me he was hit with a technical foul after asking the referee if he was playing Fanduel. 😂😂 https://t.co/sXgGoGJ0yf
—Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) November 8, 2022
Of course, Ja Morant wasn’t the only player to receive a technical in the opening quarter on Monday night. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was given one for a bad call with one of the refs.
The Celtics went on an 18-0 run in the second quarter to take a 65-54 halftime lead. 19 of Tatum’s 25 first-half points came before halftime.
Grizzlies guard Jay Morant received a technical foul for asking a referee if he had placed a bet with FanDuel.
After the first half, Memphis went on offense. The Grizzlies outscored the Celtics 31-19 in the third quarter. Tatum finished with 39 points in 40 minutes.
Celtics center Al Horford sank a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter. Jay Morant finished 5-of-6 shooting overall to start the second half. However, the final minutes were different.
The Grizzlies surrendered 25 fourth quarter points. The Celtics committed 15 turnovers but shot 75 percent from the foul line. Boston took full advantage of the Grizzlies’ bad calls.
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“We weren’t up front defensively,” Ja Morant said after the loss. “We weren’t moving or playing Grizzlies basketball. I felt it was too easy.
You see how quickly the switch flipped when we did exactly what we needed to do on the defensive end.
Ja Morant finished his outing with five 3-pointers, passing Vince Carter for 12th on the franchise’s all-time list (242). The 23-year-old needs to make 25 more shots from downtown to pass D’Anthony Melton for 11th place.
In 35 minutes, Morant collected 30 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.