NBA: Grizzlies Out For Revenge on Warriors
Stephen Curry leads the defending NBA champions into Memphis on Wednesday. Golden State’s title defense is off to a fantastic start. One of their early-season signature wins came November 2 at home when they crushed Memphis by 50 points. The Grizzlies will be hoping things go better than the first meeting of the season putting revenge on the forefront of the Grizzlies’ minds. Stephen Curry led the charge with 30 points for the Warriors, who outscored the Grizzlies by 45 over the second and third quarters to put the game away. Marc Gasol managed 13 points for Memphis, who shot a miserable 27.1% from the field and after the first quarter. Golden State has beat Memphis in seven of their last 10 meetings overall. Memphis is 6-4 in their last 10 at home against the Warriors.
At one point in their last match, the Warriors were down by a point. They went on to out score the Grizzlies 72-27 in the second and third quarters. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry dropped 30 points in 28 minutes for the Warriors, who out-rebounded the Grizzlies 65-44 and out-scored them 36-10 on the fast break. Golden State looks even better than the team that rolled to the NBA title last season, and they seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Memphis didn’t do themselves any favors last Monday, shooting 27.1% from the field in the franchise’s worst loss ever. Marc Gasol had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Grizzlies. Making a statement against the champions would compensate for their slow start. If the Grizzlies truly want to see where they measure up in terms of those tiers of contenders, however, they must compete. This cannot morph in to a repeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers game on last Monday.