The Grizzlies were without Marc Gasol (left foot strain) in tonight’s matchup against the Warriors. The Grizzlies held their own for most of the game before faltering late. Here’s how the game went down:
The first quarter was a beautiful mess for the Grizzlies. They turned the ball over 4 times in the opening minutes but shot 62% from the field to give them a 28-25 lead after 1. The first quarter was dominated by Z-Bo who scored 6 points and bullied ZaZa Pachulia down low. The Warriors kept pace with the Grizz by making four 3-pointers in the quarter.
The second quarter began with a Grizzlies run led by an energized JaMychal Green to extend the Grizzlies lead up to 8. A 3 point barrage by the Warriors closed the gap but the Grizzlies held their own and both teams battled back and forth that resulted in a 56-54 halftime lead for the Warriors.
It was a solid first half for the Grizzlies who were lead by Z-Bo and JaM, who combined for 24 points and 9 rebounds. The Warriors were lead by Andre Iguodala’s 16 points. The Grizzlies played about as well as possible without Marc Gasol but 3 point shooting doomed the team. The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies by 21 points from beyond the arc with their 9 3’s. The Grizzlies scored 30 of their points in the paint and shot 56.4% in the half to keep close with the hot-shooting Warriors.
The Grizzlies offense stagnated in the 3rd Quarter while the Warriors offense stayed clicking. A Klay Thompson hot streak extended the Warriors lead to 7 as the Grizzlies offense couldn’t find the rhythm it did in the 1st half. The Grizzlies offense found its footing the last few minutes of the quarter, led by a monstrous VC dunk and 3’s from Troy Daniels and Mike Conley. The quick run from the Grizzlies resulted in them tying the game and ultimately closing out the quarter only down 2, 83-81.
The Warriors start the 4th with a couple more Klay Thompson 3’s but the Grizzlies respond with a Troy Daniels 3 to keep the game close. Both teams spend most of the quarter running up and down the court with both teams getting a bit out of control. A Steph Curry 3 gives the Warriors a 10 point lead and the Grizzlies never recovered.
The Grizzlies fall to the Warriors 106-94 in a game that was much closer than the score shows. The Grizzlies gave up 17 3’s to the Warriors which is usually a recipe for disaster but the Grizzlies did a solid job of fighting. Ultimately, their offense disappeared for too long in the second half to pull out the win. They went away from Z-Bo and JaM and the offense suffered.
Mike Conley lead the Grizzlies with 29 points, while the Warriors were lead by Curry, Thompson, and Iguodala. It was the Warriors 7th straight win and the Grizzlies 3rd straight loss. Moral victories won’t help the Grizz move up the standings, but keeping the game close for 3 and 1⁄2 quarters without Marc Gasol against the Warriors is a positive the Grizzlies will take into their matchup against the Kings tomorrow night (It also helps the Thunder and Clippers lost today). If the Grizzlies can play like this tomorrow night against a feisty Kings team, they should be able to end the road trip with a win.