The Memphis Grizzlies extended their season even without Ja Morant. In Game 5, the Grizzlies embarrassedly missed the Golden State Warriors with their historic victory.
Klay Thompson had 19 points for the Warriors while Stephen Curry had 14. After that things got worse.
Referring to the Memphis anthem “Whoop That Trick”, Curry announced before the game that his team now wanted to do it in Memphis, That obviously didn’t sit well with the Grizzlies. With up to 55 points, the Grizzlies advanced in the meantime before finally lifting their foot a bit.
The Grizzlies’ top scorers were Garen Jackson Jr. (6/10 FJ, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks), Desmond Payne (6/12) and Teos Jones (7/12, 9 assists) with 21 points each, not participating Grizzlies at first. He stayed on the field for more than 25 minutes and, thanks to his detailed waste time, both rookie Grizzlies Zeyer Williams (11) and junior veterans Jonathan Kominga (17) and Moses Moody (10) both set double records.
As in Game Four, Memphis started with Jones for injured Ja Morant, and the Cominga Warriors were allowed to play again from the start – and Mike Brown was again on the bench in place of Steve Kerr (Corona Protocol).
The hosts got into the game better, Jackson in particular was hot from the start and Jones took an early lead in the 21:11 minute with a three-pull indicator. Curry was quickly shorted by three, and Thompson was also quick in the game with 12 points. Milton was there on the other side and he also sank a triple, and it was 9:0 at the end of the quarter. 38:28 for Memphis.
Memphis: Pure domination in the second half
The Warriors’ offensive agility and defensive rebound continued to hurt, and the Memphis quickly grew to 17 points after Brooks sank a fine pontoon. After another offensive bounce, setting Milton up to +20, then Bane’s And-1 for a 25 point lead (!), the Warriors put in a devastating performance at this point. On the other hand, Memphis looked more aggressive and present and took a 77:50 lead in the locker room.
After the break, Brown attempted to introduce more flow into the attack with Bellica instead of Cominga, but that didn’t change the Grizzlies’ dominance. Bane and Brooks sank three times in a row, increasing the difference to 41 points. Green and Curry were replaced at 6:37 in the third quarter, with Thompson shortly thereafter. At the end of the third quarter there was a difference of 52 points!
Things haven’t improved for Golden State. Meanwhile, with a difference of 55 points, “Whoop That Trick” accordingly started early.
The most important stats
Memphis Grizzlies (2) – Golden State Warriors (3) 134:95 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-3
- How careful were the Grizzlies in the first half? A few numbers to clarify: Golden State has 14 spins, Memphis 3. Golden State 17 rebounds, Memphis 30 (13 of them offensive!). The Warriors even scored pretty strong goals from the field, but had nothing to report as the Grizzlies scored an additional 18 field goals en route.
- Not much has changed after the break, despite about a quarter and a half of litter time. Memphis was vastly superior in all respects. Pick: Grizz had 37 assists in 47 field goals, the Warriors had 22 in 36 and ended up with 22 spins (Memphis:9).
- Memphis sank 18/41 of their Trios, while the Warriors sank 14/39. The throwback duel went to the landlords with 55:37. It was a class difference.
- Thompson had an odd plus/minus of -45 with the Warriors. It’s the worst tally in supplement history since game after game has been scored – along with Andre Drummond, who accomplished the same feat in 2019. Desmond Bunny (+46) now shares top spot with LeBron James and Jimmy Butler.
Grizzlies vs Warriors: Game Sound
Garen Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies): “We knew what was at stake. We didn’t change anything. We kept our cool, watched the movie and understood what we needed to do without the previous match. We applied that.”
Mike Brown (Warriors coach): “When you have shifts like we do today, especially early in the game, it’s snowballs. It allows them to transition, it gives them confidence — and it takes our breath away.”
Stephen Curry (Warriors): “It will be very difficult to beat this team because it is a very good team. If we need a reminder, we got it today.”
Star of the game: Garen Jackson Jr.
Defensively, he is very present, as well as being an offensive rebounder and also a strength as a scorer. He hit the triple check heat in the third quarter as if he hadn’t done anything else. And all without ugly problems! Aside from that: Jones and Bean were really strong.
Game Fail: The Warriors
Who do you choose here? It was simply a disastrous half-hearted performance by the entire team.
There are days when your big guy hits him (Season: 31.9 percent of the trio) Triple of a meter and a half behind the line of three. JJJ doesn’t seem to believe it himself.
NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies vs.Warriors – Series Quick Look
|1||May 1||9:30 pm||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||116: 117|
|2||May 4||3:30 AM||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||106: 101|
|3||May 8||2.30 am||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||142: 112|
|4||May 10||it’s 4 o clock||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||101: 98|
|5||May 12||3:30 AM||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||134: 95|
|6||May 14||it’s 4 o clock||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|7 *||May 17||to be announced later on||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||–|