The Warriors came to Memphis with Gary Payton second in the Big Five and Jordan Ball as the sixth man. The goal is clear: slow down Ja Morant’s speed as much as possible.
Golden State also leaves the Grizzlies artillery commander from afar, and punishes the latter. Even both teams take their first 11 (cumulative) shots behind the three-point line but errors pile up for Klay Thompson and Gary Payton second, and they are forced to sit on the bench. Stephen Curry soon imitates them while Brandon Clarke brings his usual energy. With 14 points already from Ja Morant in this first quarter, Memphis is in the lead (32-24) at the end of the first round.
Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II quickly made three mistakes in the second quarter and it started to get worrisome, but Jordan Paul inherited some open positions and takes Golden State back almost single-handedly again.
Both teams are in battle and Draymond Green tries a bit too aggressively to stop Brandon Clark from blocking the scoring. He tore everything up and we are waiting to see how the referees will be punished. It is ultimately a Type II blatant type, synonymous with exorcising the spirit of warriors. Right before the end of the first half…
The Grizzlies immediately take advantage to join the locker room at +6 (61-56).
Ja Morant’s last kick ball misses
Then we wonder what would happen to Golden State without its defensive leader, who is also responsible for much of the work on rebounding. Except for the parcel, oddly enough, Memphis cut off my legs. Ja Morant and his buddies can no longer set the pace, they even drop balls in touchdowns without pressure and a raging Jordan Bull takes the opportunity to put his team ahead in the FedEx forum that doesn’t understand.
Fortunately for the locals, Garen Jackson Jr. found rhythm in the first half, attacking Andrew Wiggins and defenders who put him back a few centimeters, chaining precious baskets with chains.
At 90-91 early in the last quarter, nothing is decided, but Jordan Bull continues to drive the Grizzlies to frenzy, scoring or finding Klay Thompson. Gary Payton II does a massive defensive job at Ja Morant but the exit of the “Glove” son allows the Tennessee leader to find space.
We’re going into the last two minutes and both teams are having a hard time taking the lead. Alley takes from Brandon Clark’s Ja Morant to Memphis to +2 (116-114) with 1 minute and 16 times remaining, but the Warriors double their offensive rebounds and it’s Klay Thompson who put his team ahead again by three points (116-117).
The rest would be a case of attacks from the Ja Morant circle that was finally taken control. The first is against Stephen Curry, who is against the rival leader 19 seconds from the end. The second faced Clay Thompson, assisted by Gary Payton II, who interfered sufficiently with the Memphis All-Star throw to make him miss his shot. So Golden State won and won their 25th straight game in the playoffs…
What to remember
Draymond Green expelled. When we saw all the contacts tolerated during the Celtics-Bucks a little earlier, we can say that this mistake by Draymond Green on Brandon Clark might not be worth a blatant mistake of the second kind. But the powerful winger can’t grab everything like that, especially the one coming from now.
– Lost rhythm for the Grizzlies. Oddly enough, Draymond Green’s exit seemed to upset Memphis more than Golden State. Thus the Warriors continued to inflict shock upon rebound, particularly by giving themselves many second chances, while the Grizzlies seemed not to know whether they should attack individually or rather bypass the opponent’s defense. They’re eventually back in the game, but those choppy minutes in the third quarter probably cost them dearly.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shock the defense. We can’t say the Splash Brothers had a great game overall. The base certainly found some tempo in the third quarter, and the full-back had the best shot of the match, but they were held back by fouls and not always at the right tempo. But history will remember above all that they upset Ja Morant in the end…
✅ Jordan Paul. Apparently he was the big bomber of the Golden State at the meeting. With 31 points at 12/20, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, he was the fairest striker while his speed, both in his movements and in decision making, hurt Memphis very badly. permanent poison.
✅ Garen Jackson Jr. After his very difficult streak against Minnesota, the powerful winger resurrected, pounding Andrew Wiggins at the low post and penalizing from distance. 33 points at 6/9 from afar and 10 rebounds at the end.
✅ Gary Payton II. He signed off on the game’s poster, but above all he did a great job of hampering Ja Morant with his energetic hands and physical intensity in order to exhaust the Grizzlies’ guard. His descent into the fourth quarter nearly hurt Golden State really badly, and he’s there to help with the final property.
✅ ⛔ Ja Morant. He is not far from a three-pointer with 34 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, and if he overburdens the Golden State defense, he also suffers from a waste (14/31), especially in the “money time” where he was saved by Stephen Curry before Miss the winning layup. “Damn it,” he said.
⛔ Desmond Bean and Dillon Brooks. Chasing down the Splash Brothers is exhausting and the two outsiders of Memphis, who seem to have run out of juice in this game, can attest to this.
Game 2 will be played overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, at 3:30 AM.