Feared for his floater, Ja Morant said he is confident in his three-point shooting ability, which many observers see as an area of improvement that would make him even more hard to handle. Here he shoots over Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley Jr., the former Grizzlies guard, who himself proved difficult for the Grizzlies to contain during the playoffs. (Photo: Warren Roseborough/TSD Archives)

A season that ended with the Memphis Grizzlies growing beyond the expectations of most but short of where the players wanted to end up has yielded to early post-season reflections.

Making an appearance at the obligatory team exit interviews, rising-star point guard Ja Morant was direct.

“I just look for finding areas I can be better at,” he said. “For me, I am never satisfied. I try to work on everything.”

Team-wise, the Grizzlies “just need to continue to grow with each other,” he said. “We have been playing together for the last two years. You see what the difference a year can make.”

That meant going from not making the playoffs to battling through a new play-in tournament to getting into the playoffs and forcing the No. 1-seeded Utah Jazz awake with a game one victory in the opener of the best-of-seven series.

And while the Grizzlies were eliminated four games to one, they clearly earned respect throughout the league and from observers – professionals and water-cooler pundits.

“TV games,” said Morant, “I felt like that allowed for people to see us, to see how we play. We had a lot of games on TV at the end of the season.  They were able to see how talented we are. We opened a lot of eyes.”

Morant turned in monster-level games against the Jazz, with some openly saying he would be even more of a terror to defend with an improve shot from three-point territory.

“I was always confident,” Morant said of his long-range shooting. “It is not a very important thing for me. I am going to continue to get better in all areas of my game.

“I honestly don’t care about what outsiders say about my game. We will see next season.”