Grizzlies Fall To The Warriors Off Of Morant's Missed Game Winner

Grizzlies Fall To The Warriors Off Of Morant’s Missed Game Winner

With the 2nd round brewing in the Eastern Conference, the battle in the Western Conference have commenced as well. The young Memphis Grizzlies have come out victorious in their first round and they are going against the veteran Golden State Warriors who have dominated the Serbian superstar in the 1st round.

The Memphis Grizzlies went with their starting lineup of Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman. The Golden State Warriors started with Stephen Curry, Gary Payton II, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Grizzlies went on the offensive scoring the first points of the game. Well, it was more like Ja Morant went on a rampage. He continued to attack the rim in the 1st quarter to show what the Grizzlies offense is about. The Warriors took a more steady approach and let Curry do the shooting. It was evident that the Warriors were testing the waters before they can strike.

In the 2nd quarter, it was Jordan Poole who came off the bench to torch the Grizzlies. Wiggins was also side by side with him as they horded the Grizzlies interior when they were focusing on the perimeter. For the Grizzlies, Jaren Jackson lit up with his efficient shot making as he took on the mantle of scoring which we get to witness from time to time.

The turning moment seemed to be when in a play, Draymond Green was going for the ball when he pulled back Brandon Clarke. It was ruled as excessive contact by the refs, ejecting Draymond green with a Flagrant Foul 2. Because of that the Warriors were left without their defensive anchor as they trail 55-61 at the end of the 1st half.

Once the 2nd half started, the duo of Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole took on the duty of providing points on the board. They both lit up from beyond the arc on a stellar show captivating the fans. Jaren Jackson was still hot from the previous quarter and he continued to torch from beyond the arc.

In the final quarter, it was a matter of perseverance as both teams were giving their all on both ends of the court. The score went back and forth with neither team widening the gap. Ja Morant was leading his Grizzlies team while the Warriors distributed the ball and they hustled for the ball.

With under 40 seconds to go, Klay Thompson drills a 3 to give a one point lead to the Warriors. They continued to defend the basket and got the possession on a missed shot from the Grizzlies. Thompson had a chance to increase the lead but missed both free throws. The Grizzlies took possession of the ball and let Ja Morant do the work but he missed the game winner and the Warriors survive the day.

Box Score

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in scoring with a near triple-double of 34 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Jaren Jackson Jr. showed up with a double-double of 33 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block. De’Anthony Melton came off the bench to put up 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. Brandon Clarke also provided with his spark as he put up 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.

For the Warriors, Jordan Poole came off the bench to lead in scoring with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 blocks. Stephen Curry supported him with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. Andrew Wiggins provided with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 15 points, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Takeaways from Game 1

The Golden State Warriors bag Game 1 in a nail biter with a scoreline of 117-116. The Grizzlies gave everything they had but they could have been better defensively. Ja Morant must be feeling the frustration of missing the Game-Winner so it would not be surprising to see him play as a different beast in Game 2.

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