With the series tied at 1-1 and an exceptional performance from high flying Ja Morant, the Golden State Warriors now meet the Grizzlies in their homecourt. The momentum of the series has not yet veered to any one side which has resulted in a standstill. This game is crucial for both teams as a win for any side will give them the keys to the series which is what both teams are seeking.
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 with Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Ziare Williams, Jaren Jackson Jr and Xavier Tillman.
Form the opening tip itself, the Grizzlies fired on all of their cylinders as they opened their scoring with 3s and built up a 9-2 run. The Warriors were quick to respond but the Grizzlies took the momentum of the 1st quarter. Morant and Jackson attacked from the perimeter as they built up a lead.
But once the 2nd quarter started, the Warriors decided to defend the basket first and then attack. Curry, Poole and Wiggins led the offense as they found some holes in the Grizzlies defense and they cpaitalised on that.
Ja Morant was the only one from the Grizzlies who could freely attack. The other Grizzlies players were struggling to get the ball inside the hoop. On top of that, the Warriors relentless attacks were becoming a bit overwhelming for the Grizzlies. Hence the Warriors secured the lead by the end of the 1st half with a score of 64-57.
Once the 2nd half started, the Warriors dictated the pace of the game with their play making and ball movement. The Grizzlies defense was in shambles as they could not handle the hammering they were receiving from the Warriors trio of Curry, Thompson and Poole.
The Grizzlies were definitely panicking as they were rushing into their shots. They were trying to close the gaps with 3s but were unable to hit them accurately. Only Ja Morant had a control of himself but he was unable to get his team going.
The 4th quarter rolled in and the Grizzlies had abandoned their defense to try and close the deficit. But that was the beginning of the end as they continued to struggle. The lead had grown too big for the Grizzlies to come back and they were completely outplayed by the Warriors.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 30 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Jordan Poole came off the bench and supported Curry with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Klay Thompson drilled it from 3 as he put up 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Jonathan Kuminga had a decent game starting first time in the playoffs as he put up 18 points on 80% shooting from the field. Andrew Wiggins did a little bit of everything with 17 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a block.
Ja Morant led both team in scoring with 34 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Desmond Bane put up just 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Jaren Jackson was underwhelming as well as he put up 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steal.
Takeaways from Game 3
The Warriors absolutely destroyed the Grizzlies at their home turf with a scoreline of 142-112. The veteran Champions showed the Grizzlies the difference in their abilities. The Grizzlies need to fix their defense somehow else they won’t stand a chance in the upcoming games. Will the Grizzlies be afraid after being shown how much they lack or will they come out with hunger and vigor to overcome their opponents? Let’s see how this series plays out.