The Grizzlies Are Pushed To A Corner As The Warriors Lead 3-1 In The Series

The Grizzlies Are Pushed To A Corner As The Warriors Lead 3-1 In The Series

The final Game 4 matchup was between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors held the lead in the series with 2-1 and they were looking to extend their lead so that they would be at a more favorable position in the series. Ja Morant suffered a bone bruise on Game 3 and had to sit out for Game 4. The Grizzlies now had to get a win to tie the series without their superstar.

The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Draymond Green. The Memphis Grizzlies started off with Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Steven Adams.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Grizzlies went on an 8-2 run but the Warriors were soon to retort back. The Warriors moved the ball around like they used to but the main problem for them was they were not being able to knock down their 3 point attempts.

The Grizzlies were extremely cautious of not letting any of the Warrior’s big 3 catch fire from beyond the arc as a result they were locking down the perimeter. This resulted in more mossed 3 point attempts for the Warriors and they went without making a single 3 in the 1st quarter. The Grizzlies were not looking any good either as they were not hitting their 3 pointers as well.

The 2nd quarter was a slugfest as both teams made horrendous decisions and they were not able to get point on the board. Shot by shot, the Warrior struggled to make their shots despite having Curry, Klay and Poole on the floor. Kudos can be given to the Grizzlies defense but they were not getting anywhere with their offense either. The Grizzlies nonetheless had the lead by the end of the 1st half, 41-38.

Once the 2nd half started and everyone thought that the Warriors would be coming with their offense, it was the Grizzlies who stepped up. They moved the ball around well and were creating panic for the Warriors defense. However, the Warriors were hitting their groove on the offensive and they were getting themselves going with Andrew Wiggins stepping up.

It looked like the Grizzlies had the momentum when all of a sudden, Curry went on a berserk run. He attacked towards the paint and drew a lot of fouls. Then he shot the ball from 3. He went into MVP mode as he was doing anything and everything and the defense could not answer.

The game quickly turned to the Warriors favour as they secured the lead. The Grizzlies tried to come back but the Warriors had experience on their side. They held the lead till the final buzzer sounded, ending the game.

Box Score

Stephen Curry led both teams in offense with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal. Andrew Wiggins followed him up with a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 2 blocks. Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole scored 14 points each to add to the Warriors scoreboard.

For the Grizzlies, Jaren Jackson Jr. led them in scoring with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 blocks. Tyus Jones gave his contribution with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kyle Anderson came off the bench and did a little bit of everything putting up 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Takeaways from Game 4

The Warriors successfully downed the Grizzlies in a slugfest to claim Game 4 with a scoreline of 101-98. They are now ahead in the series 3-1 and with a win, they will be off to the Western Conference Finals. With the news that Ja Morant will be unavailable for the rest of the playoffs, the Grizzlies have an uphill task of overcoming a 3-1 deficit. Will they be able to pull it off or will it break them?

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