Ja Morant made a pledge out loud after he and his Memphis Grizzlies teammates were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night by the Utah Jazz.

“We’ll be back,” Morant said, according to coach Taylor Jenkins.

Dillon Brooks reiterated the same message.

“We’ll be back,” Brooks promised during his postgame news conference. “I think the taste of the playoffs is on everybody’s mind, and this offseason’s got to be a special offseason for every single one of my teammates.”

Wednesday’s 126-110 loss capped a 4-1 series defeat, but instead of dejection, the young Grizzlies and Jenkins voiced nothing but determination and optimism. The series was much closer than the final tally indicates.



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