Despite the expulsion of Draymond Green, the Warriors snatch Race 1 from Memphis

It is with Gary Payton II in the five majors and Jordan Poole as sixth man that the Warriors arrive in Memphis. The goal is clear: to slow down Ja Morant as much as possible.

Golden State also leaves the Grizzlies artillery leader from afar, and the latter punishes. Both teams even make the first 11 (cumulative) shots behind the 3-point line but the fouls pile up for Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II, forced to sit on the bench. Stephen Curry soon imitates them as Brandon Clarke brings his usual energy. With already 14 points from Ja Morant in this first quarter, Memphis leads (32-24) at the end of this first round.

Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II suffered three faults in the second quarter and is starting to worry, but Jordan Poole inherits some open positions and brings Golden State back almost alone.

Both teams are fighting and Draymond Green tries a little too violently to stop Brandon Clarke from keeping from scoring. Tear it all up and wait to see how the referees will punish. Ultimately it is a Type II flagrant, synonymous with expulsion for the soul of the Warriors. Just before the interval …

The Grizzlies immediately take the opportunity to enter the locker room at +6 (61-56).

Ja Morant’s latest failed layups

We therefore wonder what will happen to Golden State without its defensive leader, who is also responsible for so much work on the rebound. Except the expulsion that strangely cut off Memphis’ legs. Ja Morant and his teammates can no longer set the pace, even lose balls at throw-ins without pressure, and an enraged Jordan Poole takes the opportunity to give his team the lead in a FedEx Forum he doesn’t understand.

Fortunately for the locals, Jaren Jackson Jr. found pace in the first half, attacking Andrew Wiggins and the defenders who gave him back a few inches, and chained up the precious baskets.

At 90-91 at the start of the last quarter, nothing is decided but Jordan Poole continues to drive the Grizzlies crazy, scoring or finding Klay Thompson. Gary Payton II does immense defensive work on Ja Morant but the release of the son of the “Glove” allows the Tennessee leader to find space.

We are entering the last two minutes and the two teams are struggling to take the lead. An alley-oop by Ja Morant for Brandon Clarke brings Memphis to +2 (116-114) with 1 min 16 remaining but the Warriors multiply the offensive rebounds and it is Klay Thompson who puts his team back in the lead by 3 points (116 – 117).

The rest will be a case of attacks from the finally controlled Ja Morant circle. The first against Stephen Curry, who against the opponent leader with 19 seconds left. The second faced Klay Thompson, with the help of Gary Payton II, who interfered enough with the Memphis All-Star layup to make him miss the shot. Golden State has therefore won and won an away match to the playoffs for the 25th consecutive series …

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

– Draymond Green’s expulsion. When we saw all the contacts tolerated during the Celtics – Bucks just before, we can say that this Draymond Green foul on Brandon Clarke may not deserve a flagrant Type II foul. But the strong forward can’t tear everything away like this, especially coming from so far away.

– The lost rhythm of the Grizzlies. Oddly, the release of Draymond Green seemed to shock Memphis more than Golden State. The Warriors thus continued to withstand the shock on the rebound, in particular by offering many second chances, while the Grizzlies seemed not to know whether to attack in one-on-one or better to bypass the opposing defense. They eventually got back into the game, but those fluttering minutes in the third quarter could have cost them dearly.

– Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hold back the shock on defense. It cannot be said that the two “Splash Brothers” had an excellent match overall. The point guard certainly found pace in the third quarter, and the full-back hit the most decisive shot of the game, but was hampered by fouls and not always at the right pace. But the story will remember above all that in the end they annoyed Ja Morant …

TOP / FLOPS

Jordan Poole. He is clearly the big Golden State detonator in the match. With his 31 points at 20/12, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, he was the most loyal striker while his speed, both in the movements and in the decisions, did very, very badly in Memphis. A perpetual poison.

Jaren Jackson Jr. After his very difficult streak against Minnesota, the strong winger recovered, beating Andrew Wiggins’ low post and punishing from distance. 33 points at 6/9 from a distance and 10 rebounds in the final.

Gary Payton II. He signed the game poster but above all he did a huge job hindering Ja Morant with his active hands and his physical density in order to wear out the Grizzlies point guard. His exit in the fourth quarter nearly hurt Golden State very, very badly, and he is there to help on final possessions.

✅ ⛔ Ja Morant. He is not far from the triple double with 34 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds and if he weighed on the Golden State defense he also experienced waste (14/31), especially in the “money-time” where he was countered by Stephen Curry before. to jump the winning layup. “Fuck”, as he put it.

Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks. Chasing the “Splash Brothers” is exhausting and the two Memphis outsiders can testify, they seeming to run out of juice in this game.

THE FOLLOWING

Game 2 will be played during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, at 3:30 am.

Grizzly / 116 Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum Strokes 3 points LF or D. T. pd party int bp CT +/- Points Assessment
J. Jackson Jr. 31 18/10 6/9 7/9 6 4 10 1 3 0 3 1 -5 33 32
D. Brooks 30 13/3 2/8 0/0 0 2 2 3 5 1 1 0 +9 8 3
X.Tillman 13 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 -10 2 6
J Morant 38 31/14 4/11 2/3 0 9 9 10 3 3 3 0 -1 34 35
D. Bane 32 3/10 1/5 2/3 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 +1 9 4
B. Clarke 31 4/6 0/0 4/6 3 6 9 2 2 0 4 2 +6 12 17
K. Anderson 19 0/3 0/0 2/2 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 4
T. Jones 12 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 -9 2 3
J.Konchar 9 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 1 -10 0 6
D. Melton 25 5/8 3/6 1/1 2 5 7 1 0 3 1 1 +14 14 22
Total 41/95 16/40 18/24 16 31 47 26 19 11 14 6 116
Warriors / 117 Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum Strokes 3 points LF or D. T. pd party int bp CT +/- Points Assessment
D. Green 17 2/3 0/0 2/3 1 3 4 3 1 3 5 1 +2 6 10
A. Wiggins 34 6/14 1/5 4/7 3 5 8 1 3 0 1 0 0 17 14
S. Curry 37 8/20 5/12 3/4 0 3 3 4 5 0 1 1 -9 24 18
K. Thompson 31 19/6 3/10 0/2 0 1 1 3 3 2 0 1 0 15 7
G. Payton II 23 4/5 0/0 0/0 4 2 6 3 4 1 3 1 +1 8 15
J. Kuminga 15 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 5 6 1 2 1 1 0 -2 6 12
O. Porter Jr. 23 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 6 8 4 2 2 0 0 +2 2 13
J. Toscano-Anderson 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Looney 19 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 4 6 2 2 1 1 0 -2 8 15
D. Lee 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 +3 0 1
J. Poole 38 20/12 5/10 2/2 3 5 8 9 3 0 4 2 +10 31 38
Total 45/93 14/38 13/20 16 35 51 31 25 10 17 6 117

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