This is truly a story of two teams going in opposite directions to start the season as the Grizz have regained a .500 record and the Warriors have lost their second game in a row. Although the Grizzlies do come off as inconsistent, having not won consecutive games yet to start the season, they showed their superiority in previous seasons as they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last year, only to be swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
Much like their opponents, the Warriors also lost in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs, but something tells me each one of these teams will give the former West champs a run for their money this season.
Fortunately for the Warriors, they will have an opportunity to redeem themselves in a little over a week when they will welcome the Grizzlies to Oracle Arena for a rematch of last night’s game. But if the Warriors expect to overcome their opponents next time they meet, they’ll have to get a lot more production from their top six players.
Memphis had six players score in double figures in last night, while Golden State only accomplished that with four of their players. Not to mention, their starting center Andrew Bogut only scored one solitary point throughout the entirety of the game.
I expect the Golden State to be among the top three teams in the West in the long run, with Memphis close behind them at the no. 4 spot. And even though it’s still early in the season, I predict the Warriors to have the better record at season’s end as they have too much talent on their roster not to.