Grizzlies vs. Warriors win, trophies: Memphis keep competitive hopes with Game 5 win at Golden State

The Memphis Grizzlies kept their hope for the future Wednesday night with their biggest win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 at FedExForum where they won 134-95. Memphis received donations from up and down as seven players completed the victory by scoring two goals.

With that victory, the Grizzlies avoid relegation and are now forcing Game 6 in San Francisco to prepare for the Game 7 game in Memphis, if they win in California on Friday. Here are the first three items from Game 5.

1. Not the worst explosion in playoff history.

Golden State pulled themselves out of history books by 28-15 in the fourth quarter, but before that, the game had a chance to become history. The biggest explosion in playoff history was the 58th victory of the 2009 Denver Nuggets at the New Orleans Hornets at the time. The Grizzlies led by 55 points in the third round. If he had pushed, he would have won 60 or 70. We know for a fact that he can. He won the regular game with 73 on Thunder in December.

Let’s take a look at the competitive part of the game, which was the first three rounds. At the time, the Grizzlies were leading by so many points that even if you eliminated all 17 of their three points after three points, they would still have one point from 68-67. He won third place with 25 stupid points. It took them just over half to pull out their 98th score from Game 4. This may not be the biggest loss in NBA history, but it is not far off, either.

2. Professional football coach

The shot went awry in the second half, but if you look at the percentage in the first half, you can see the game very close. The Warriors made 47.4 percent of their first-half goals. The Grizzlies made up 50.9 percent of them. The Warriors made 39.1 percent of the first half of the 3s. The Grizzlies made 44.4 percent of them. Golden State also shot the most in the line. Most of the time, you see the numbers and look forward to the next game. As we know, the game was not around. Why? Well, in the first half …

  • The Grizzlies had 10 more destructive attacks than the Warriors.
  • The Warriors had 11 more times than the Grizzlies.
  • Because of these two factors, the Grizzlies scored 18 more goals than the Warriors.

Obviously it is very difficult to win a basketball game when you do not have basketball. To some extent, this was to be expected. The Grizzlies were an excellent NBA team that once again made a mile-long run this season. The move to Golden State and the big break makes for a change in the equation and an understanding that the Warriors make them clean on all their possessions. But numbers like that are another.

Bringing Steven Adams back into the fray seems to have changed, and the Warriors, without a big shot, are not punishing him for defending as much as Minnesota could. But another problem here was the boring night of basketball from the Warriors who are probably expected to win over the last enemy. He will now play Game 6 without Gary Payton II and possibly Otto Porter Jr. knowing that losing can force them to play Game 7 on the way to determine the future of their season. These are the areas where the Warriors are due to lose, but there is no excuse for the beating they did on Wednesday.

3. Kerr on the controls

Would you believe me if I told you that Warriors longtime coach Mike Brown has a full 12-1 record of Steve Kerr even after this? That’s right, the coach who is about to become the Sacramento Kings was not defeated by Kerr’s 11-0 record during the 2017 game. He took Game 4 to win No. 12. Finally, in Game 5, he lost for the first time, but the boy was ugly.

His success of Game 4 was not worth writing home. You don’t have to return two numbers to defeat his opponent without the best player in your home. But it is the kind of basketball that the Warriors have played in their last two games. Careless, careless and lazy. Stephen Curry released them on Game 4 because it is Stephen Curry. He may do this from time to time. Nothing could have saved them from the destruction of Game 5.

Would that loss have come with Kerr in the lead? Maybe. No coach has 40 points in a single game. But the Warriors did not look like Warriors since their coach captured COVID-19. Putting him back on the bench soon is very important here. He already miss Payton and probably Porter. Lack of a mentor will only make things worse.

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