The Warriors are fun.
The Grizzlies are fun.
This game was not fun.
Here are my three takeaways from the Golden State's 107-84 drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies.
1) Mike Conley is Good at Basketball
Especially since the All-Star break, it seems that Mike Conley has rarely looked for his shot in the first half, instead looking to feed his teammates until taking on more of a scoring role in the fourth quarter.
Tonight was quite a different story.
Conley came firing out of the gates, connecting on an array of step-back jumpers and three-pointers on his way to a 12-point first quarter on 5-7 shooting. He scored 12 of the Grizzlies' first 16 points of the game, and even while carrying the bulk of the scoring load, he still managed to move the ball around, recording three first quarter assists.
Mike went back to work in the second quarter, and knocked down this tough jumper right before halftime:
Conley finished with 16 points on 7-13 shooting and was held scoreless in the second half.
2) Memphis Kept Posting Up Their Bigs on the Wrong Guy
In the first half, the Grizzlies kept feeding Zach Randolph in the post when he was being defended by Andrew Bogut, and they continued to do so even when Warriors' power forward David Lee was on the floor. This makes zero sense.
According to Seth Partnow's rim protection statistics over at Nylon Calculus, Bogut is the best rim protector in the entire NBA, saving an average of 3.69 points per 36 minutes (how this stat is calculated is explained in detail on the site). On the flip side, Lee has earned a reputation over the years as being one of the worst paint protectors the league has to offer. He has made some improvements this season and is a net positive, saving 1.03 points per 36 minutes, but if the gameplan is to attack the paint, trying to go through Bogut isn't the way to do it.
There were many other factors more impactful in the loss than this, but it was a frustrating observation and something to look out for if Memphis meets Golden State in a playoff series.
3) Courtney Lee's Slump Continues
Lee finished the game with four points, shooting 1-6 from the field with the lone make being a wide open baseline 18-footer in the third quarter. Lee has been steadily regressing since his red hot start to the season, and entering the matchup with the Warriors, he was shooting 34 percent from the field and 24 percent from three in the month of March.
More alarming than his individual shooting numbers is the effect they're having on the Grizzlies' offense. In March, Memphis is scoring only 88 points per 100 possessions with Courtney Lee on the floor, a number that would rank dead last in the NBA. Lee's shooting has only been getting worse, and the coaching staff might have to make some difficult decisions about playing time and the starting lineup if this doesn't correct itself by the time the playoffs roll around.
Cheer Up and Watch Andre Iguodala Completely Blow This Dunk
You tried Iggy. You tried.