The Golden State Warriors like to run the floor. They excel by pushing the fast break and pulling up for open three-point looks. The Memphis Grizzlies like to play a whole different type of gritty basketball, and they forced Golden State to play that way, extending their winning streak over the Warriors to 11 games.
Golden State played terribly in the second half. Memphis came out of halftime, slowed the pace and prevented the Warriors from playing their style of basketball, outscoring them 25-13 in the third quarter. This lackluster basketball from the Warriors continued throughout the fourth quarter — Golden State was lucky to extend the game into overtime.
When it was all said and done, Golden State was held to just four fast break points. The Warriors played solid defense — holding Memphis to 38 percent shooting — but free throw shooting and points off turnovers handed the game to the Grizzlies on a silver platter. Memphis outscored Golden State 33 to eight in those two categories combined.
Once the game entered overtime it was all Memphis. Golden State was unable to set up offensively and make clutch shots off set plays. They seemed anxious, pushy, and in need of a faster pace — precisely what the Grizzlies were aiming for. With Stephen Curry out due to a concussion, no Warrior was able to step up and make the shot his team needed.
Marc Gasol was too much for Andrew Bogut, and Zach Randolph was too much for David Lee. More than a few of Lee’s shots in the paint were sent away by the Grizzlies’ duo of big men.
As mentioned before, this is the Grizzlies’ 11th straight win over the Warriors. This will be a trend Golden State will need to buck in order to experience success this season. They will possibly end up facing their conference foe in the postseason, and they will need to find a way to play their game against the tough Memphis team.