WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 7:00 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS- Kyle Anderson (Out, shoulder), Avery Bradley (Out, shin), Dillon Brooks (Out, toe), Mike Conley (Out, ankle), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Out, thigh), C.J. Miles (Out, foot), Joakim Noah (Out, knee), Jonas Valanciunas (Out, ankle)
GOLDEN STATE- Stephen Curry (Out, foot), DeMarcus Cousins (Out, load management) Draymond Green (Out Load Management), Shaun Livingston (Out, Load Management) Kevin Durant (Questionable, flu), Klay Thompson (Questionble, knee)
MEMPHIS: Delon Wright, Tyler Dorsey, Justin Holiday, Bruno Caboclo, Tyler Zeller
GOLDEN STATE: Quinn Cook, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut
The season ends for the Memphis Grizzlies tonight - not with a roar, but with a whimper.
The injury list is long but distinguished.
The Golden State Warriors, once a rival of the Grit and Grind Grizzlies, are most certainly looking past Memphis to the playoffs that begin this weekend.
The five likely starters for the Grizzlies in the season finale were not with the team six months ago when the campaign began.
It’s been a long, rough, trudge of a season.
Most Grizzlies fans will be glad it is over. The race to convey, while fun to debate on social media, in and of itself is a study in the ineptitude of this Grizzlies front office. Instead of playoff seeding being on the line, as it has been in years past, fans are arguing over whether or not the team should want a pick in this year’s draft.
Not about match-ups, wanting the Warriors or the Nuggets in the first round. We’re left with wanting Cam Reddish or not.
The sins of the past appear to continue to haunt Memphis. After last night’s tough loss in Detroit after being up by double digits (their 18th such defeat of the season), the likelihood of the Grizzlies selecting in the 2019 NBA Draft is high. That disappointment - the kicking the can down the road once again to a more uncertain protection and potentially disastrous 2021 1st round pick going to Boston - could mean another year of a directionless franchise wading in a waste of their own making.
If this preview is too negative...sorry, not sorry. These are dark days.
Here’s what to watch for tonight as the season finally ends.
Who the hell is actually going to play?
The Memphis injury list is pretty set, but when it comes to the lineup that Golden State utilizes in this game your guess is as good as anyone’s. After Stephen Curry suffered a mild foot injury in Tuesday’s win over the Pelicans his absence is all but guaranteed, as is the lack of a DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green, who played last night as well. Steve Kerr said his initial plan was to sit half his key players against the Pelicans, and half against the Grizzlies. Using that logic, Durant, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Andrew Bogut should be available this evening for the Warriors.
Will the Curry injury scare Kerr out of that plan? Perhaps - the fewer All-Stars in the Warriors lineup, the better the chances for the Grizzlies to sneak out an end of the season victory.
The Grizzlies will play well for a while, then Steve Kerr will make a simple adjustment and Memphis will be unable to counter. It’s happened 18 times already this season - may as well make it an unlikely 19.
Golden State 112, Memphis 104