Next Day Recap: Grizz dump Warriors

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that saw a return to Grit and Grind and the long awaited debut of an efficient offense, Memphis was able to take control of Golden State in the third quarter and cruise to a home victory.

These are the Grizzlies we remember. Last night, against a very good Golden State team, Memphis picked up its most impressive win of the young season.  From the tip, you could tell that there would be few lazy passes, and no phoning it in: the boys had come to play. This game had everything! Zach Randolph dominating the low post, Mike Conley making sick moves in the lane, Mike Miller draining outside shots, several big defensive stops, Mini G.[1] Even if only for the moment, the Grizzlies righted the ship Saturday night in the Grindhouse.

Returning to action for the first time since the birth of his son, Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 23 points in the first quarter, as Memphis would jump out to an early three-point lead. Let's get his fiancee pregnant again. The Grizzlies would score the first five points of the ball game before the Warriors would get going and the lead started changing hands on each possession. There were 10 lead changes in the quarter as the Warriors, fueled by Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry who had seven and nine points respectively in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Grizzlies would create separation and build their lead to double digits. Poor Warrior shooting combined with tough Memphis defense held the Warriors to just five points in the first six minutes of the quarter, and with just over a minute and half until halftime, Memphis lead 54-46. The Grizzlies wouldn't score again, and lead by only four at the break.

Both teams came out firing in the third, with the Warriors scoring eight points on their first three possesions. Klay Thompson, who had been extremely quiet up until this point, scored 10 of his 12 points in the quarter. But Memphis' balanced scoring attack would prove too much for Golden State as the Grizzlies would lead by 13 at the end of the quarter. Memphis wouldn't look back or give an inch in the fourth as the lead ballooned to as much as 23 before the both teams began to empty their bench.

Game Notes from the Legend-wait for it-Diary

  1. Mike Conley said he was going to work on finishing at the rim this offseason. I'm starting to believe he did literally nothing else. Some of the moves he has displayed early on are supserstar-esque, and if he can keep this up, he's well on his way to being snubbed for his first All-Star team.
  2. It was a tale of two halves for Kosta Koufos. In the first half, he scored six points and played really sound defense. In the second half, he played to the theme track of popular circus music. He picked up two loose ball fouls, on the same player, in the span of 20 seconds, and blew up multiple plays in the period. Zach Randolph walked to the scorers table with just under 8 minutes to play, and I casually said, "Alright, Koof, this is your last chance to ruin a play." And what does my guy Kosta do? He commits an offensive foul for the turnover.
  3. Mike Miller had 15 points tonight, and was a ridiculous +21, on 4/5 shooting from beyond the arc. Take notes Quincy, this is what we need from you. Shoot the ball when you're open.
  4. Speaking of Q, Dave Joerger shortened the rotations tonight and Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis didn't play more than five minutes between them. It worked tonight, but if Memphis is going to win the title this season, we need both of those guys to be serious contributors off the bench.
  5. This season, the Grizzlies have started putting the Grizzlies Girls in the stands until Memphis scores its first bucket of the night. Despite my undying love for the little redheaded girl, it makes me uncomfortable having them all right there at the same time. One gentleman, however, thought this was the most genius idea anyone has ever come up with in the history of forever. He stood right next to a Grizz Girl and stared, intently, at her waist for a solid few minutes, only looking up occasionally, giving everyone around him a glance like, "See, there is a God!"
  6. Lot of good natured ribbing going on between fellow alumni tonight. Zach Randolph and Draymond Green were clearly having a good time with each other, and Nick Calathes and our old buddy Mo Speights could be seen smiling and exchanging words during the latter parts of the game.

All is right at the moment for the boys in Beale Street Blue, but they'll quickly be tested again Monday Night when the head to take on future league MVP Paul George and the undefeated Indiana Pacers. For now though, its time to feel good about the Grizzlies and the fact that they are indeed capable of reaching their potential. What do you think Grizz fans?


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[1] It's that thing where Verne Troyer wears a long, brown, curly wig and plays the saxophone.

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