Lots of Warriors and Tiger fans probably came into the arena a bit disappointed, as Stephen Curry (tailbone) and former University of Memphis standout James Wiseman (health and safety protocols) were unavailable for tonight’s game. Nonetheless, we are here for Memphis Grizzlies basketball, and they were looking to tie Golden State for 9th in the Western Conference standings.
The Memphis Grizzlies looked aggressive early. Ja Morant made some really nice plays, including a block on Kelly Oubre Jr. in the post and a resounding fast break slam. Grayson Allen also hit 2 first-quarter 3’s, while also making some good moves off the dribble. Jonas Valanciunas also totaled 10 rebounds just in the 1st quarter — dominant. The Warriors made a run to take control, behind the scoring barrage from Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors ended the quarter with a 34-26 lead.
The Memphis Grizzlies continued to roll out a bench unit that included Brandon Clarke at the 5. Early in the second quarter, we actually witnessed a battle where Clarke was the biggest player on the floor — as the Warriors rolled out a unit of Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, Brad Wanamaker, Kent Bazemore, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. The Warriors started pulling away midway through the quarter, gaining a lead as large as 21.
Ja Morant also tried to end Draymond Green’s career:
NO. ONE. ALMOST. DUNKS. LIKE. JA. MORANT. pic.twitter.com/xhLqazO3OO— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) March 20, 2021
The Warriors had a 67-48 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was not a good time. The energy was sucked out of the game on the Grizzlies’ side, and the Warriors started rolling with momentum. It was much of the same as the 3rd quarter, though the Grizzlies trimmed a 25-point lead down to back to 19 to close the quarter.
It really didn’t get much better in the 4th quarter, except we got to see a sweet Brandon Clarke alley-oop. Then we also got to see some John Konchar, Killian Tillie, and Xavier Tillman minutes. The final score of the game was 116-103 Warriors.
- Jonas Valanciunas: 10 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists
- Ja Morant: 14 points
- Grayson Allen: 14 points
- Brandon Clarke: 13 points, 4 rebounds
- De’Anthony Melton: 9 points, 7 rebounds