WHEN: 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS: Chandler Parsons (Out, planned rest)
GOLDEN STATE: Zaza Pachulia (Out, shoulder), David West (Out, thumb), JaVale McGee (Probable, back)
MEMPHIS: Mike Conley, Tony Allen, James Ennis III, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
GOLDEN STATE: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee
The Warriors enter Friday night’s matchup against the Grizzlies having won 13 of their last 15 games. During Wednesday’s 123-92 rout of the Bulls, Klay Thompson led all scorers with 28 points in 20 minutes of action, going 6-9 from 3 point range. The Warriors are 0-2 against the Grizzlies this season and will definitely be looking for revenge and to come away with a win.
The Grizzlies defeated the Suns on Wednesday 110-91 despite some extra curricular activities towards the end of regulation. (I’m always against any type of fighting or violence...until I see someone step to the Grizzlies and then I’m screaming “Fight! Fight! Fight!” and “We don’t bluff!” from my couch, but that’s neither here nor there.) They put together a monstrous performance on offense, shooting 49% from the floor for the game and 58% from three. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol looked excellent, and the Grizzlies will need another strong effort from both of them against the Warriors if they want to extend that 2-0 mark over Golden State on the season to 3-0.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Great defense will be essential in pulling out another victory against this immensely talented Warriors team. Klay, KD, and Curry are all capable of killing you from long range on any given night. Memphis has got to make them earn every contested three point attempt by being sharp on switches and fighting through screens. I expect to see Tony Allen being a thorn in (mostly) Klay Thompson’s side at the Grindhouse. TA is still an elite defender against offensive weapons across the NBA and he will face three of them on the same team tonight.
The bench for the Grizzlies can definitely be the X factor on Friday night. Vince Carter has been playing excellent basketball as of late, and hasn’t looked a day over 30 in the process. Between him, Toney Douglas, Troy Daniels, Zach Randolph, and Brandan Wright, the Grizzlies must have a reliable second string to roll out against a Warriors bench that is banged up, especially in the front court.
The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Golden State Warriors, 103-98