The Memphis Grizzlies have extended their season, even without Ja Morant. In Game 5, the Grizzlies missed an embarrassing Golden State Warriors with a historic beating.
Klay Thompson had 19 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry had 14. However, the match was over for both Splash Brothers midway through the third quarter as their team was 41 points behind. After that, it got even worse.
Referring to the Memphis anthem “Whoop That Trick”, Curry had announced before the match that his team now wanted to do just that in Memphis, it obviously did not go well with the Grizzlies. With up to 55 points, the Grizzlies, meanwhile, took the lead a bit from the accelerator in the end.
The Grizzlies’ top scorer was Jaren Jackson Jr. (6/10 FG, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks), Desmond Bane (6/12) and Tyus Jones (7/12, 9 assists) with 21 points each, no Grizzlies starter was on the field for more than 25 minutes Thanks the detailed garbage time scored both Grizzlies rookie Ziaire Williams (11) and the two Warriors young Jonathan Kuminga (17) and Moses Moody (10) double-digit.
As in Game 4, Memphis started with Jones for the injured Ja Morant, with the Warriors, Kuminga was allowed to play again from the start – and Mike Brown was back on the bench instead of Steve Kerr (corona protocol).
The hosts got better into the match, especially Jackson was hot from the start and Jones secured an early 21:11 lead with a pull-up three-pointer. Curry quickly shortened by two threes, and Thompson was also fast in the game with 12 points. Melton was there on the other side and also lowered two threes, it was a 9-0 run at the end of the quarter. 38:28 for Memphis.
Memphis: Pure dominance in the second half
The Warriors ‘own agility in offense and defensive rebound continued to hurt, Memphis’ lead quickly grew to 17 points after Brooks lowered a remarkable float. After another offensive rebound, Melton even put it up to +20, then it was And-1 from Bane to a 25-point lead (!), The Warriors delivered a devastating performance in this phase. Memphis, on the other hand, seemed much more aggressive and present and took a 77:50 lead into the locker room.
After the break, Brown tried to bring a little more flow into the offense with Bjelica instead of Kuminga, but that did not change Grizzlies’ dominance. Bane and Brooks sank back-to-back threes, increasing the lead to 41 points. Green and Curry were replaced at. 6:37 in the third quarter, with Thompson following shortly after. At the end of the third quarter, there was a difference of 52 points!
Things did not get better for Golden State. Meanwhile, there was a difference of 55 points, “Whoop That Trick” was therefore started early.
The most important statistic
Memphis Grizzlies (2) – Golden State Warriors (3) 134: 95 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-3
- How much more attentive were the Grizzlies in the first half? A few numbers to illustrate: Golden State had 14 turnovers, Memphis 3. Golden State had 17 rebounds, Memphis 30 (13 of them offensive!). The Warriors even scored quite solidly from the field, but had essentially nothing to report because the Grizzlies brought as many as 18 more field goals on the way.
- Not much has changed after the break despite almost a quarter of a quarter of garbage time. Memphis was far superior in every respect. A pick: Grizz had 37 assists on 47 field goals, the Warriors had 22 on 36 and finished with 22 turnovers (Memphis: 9).
- Memphis sank 18/41 of its threes, while the Warriors sank 14/39. The rebound duel went to the hosts with 55:37. It was a class difference.
- Thompson had an individual plus / minus of -45 with the Warriors. This is the worst record in the history of the playoffs since play-by-play has been recorded – along with Andre Drummond, who achieved the same feat in 2019. Desmond Bane (+46) now shares first place with LeBron James and Jimmy Butler.
Grizzlies Vs. Warriors: The Voice of the Game
Years Jackson Jr (Grizzlies): “We knew what was at stake. We did not change anything. We just stayed calm, watched the movie and understood what we were going to take away from the previous match. We implemented it.”
Mike Brown (Warriors Coach): “When you have turnovers like we have today, especially early in the game, it snails. It allows them to switch, it gives them confidence – and it takes our breath away.”
Stephen Curry (Warriors): “It’s going to be very difficult to beat this team because they are a very good team. If we needed a reminder, we got it today.”
Game star: Jaren Jackson Jr.
Defensively very present, as well as an offensive rebounder and also a power as a goal scorer. Beat heatcheck threes in the third quarter as if he would never do anything else. And all without bad problems! Other than that: Jones and Bane were also really strong.
Game flop: The Warriors
Who to choose here? It was simply a disastrous, sluggish performance by the entire team.
There are days when even your big man (season: 31.9 percent three-leaf clover) hits him Triple from one and a half meters behind the line of three. JJJ could not even believe it.
NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies Vs. Warriors – Series overview
|1||May 1||21.30||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||116: 117|
|2||May 4||3.30||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||106: 101|
|3||May 8th||02.30||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||142: 112|
|4||May 10||4 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||101: 98|
|5||May 12||03:30||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||134: 95|
|6||May 14||4 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|7 *||May 17||TBD||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||–|