The Warriors are 2-0 at residence against the Grizzlies after successful 142-112 in Recreation 3 and 101-98 in Recreation 4.
Historical past suggests the lopsided nature of Golden State’s Recreation 5 loss should not have a carryover impact. The Warriors are the sixth crew prior to now 10 years to lose by at least 39 factors in a playoff sport that did not finish a series. 4 of the earlier 5 shedding groups received their subsequent sport.
“Well, it doesn’t feel good losing by as much as we did,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson stated. “At the end of the day it is just a loss and you flush it from your mental and you remind yourselves who you are. You go in and play with 100% effort on Friday, and I like our chances.”
The Grizzlies additionally have motive to really feel assured, even with Ja Morant seemingly out for the remainder of the postseason with a bone bruise in his proper knee. The Grizzlies have gone 1-1 against the Warriors since Morant’s harm and are 21-6 in video games their All-Star guard has missed this season.
“We know how to respond,” Grizzlies guard/ahead Dillon Brooks stated. “We know how to play with each other better than any team in the NBA.”
GRIZZLIES AT WARRIORS
Warriors lead 3-2. Recreation 6, 10 p.m. EDT, ESPN.
– NEED TO KNOW: Golden State dedicated 22 turnovers that led to 29 Grizzlies factors in Memphis’ Recreation 5 blowout victory. Each starter for the Warriors had a adverse plus-minus ranking. Thompson’s minus-45 ranking tied the worst plus-minus in any playoff sport over the previous 25 years with Andre Drummond’s minus-45 against Milwaukee in 2019.
– KEEP AN EYE ON: Memphis used its measurement benefit with 6-foot-11 Steven Adams main the best way to outrebound the Warriors for the primary time on this series with a 55-37 edge on the boards. The Grizzlies had an 18-4 distinction on the offensive boards, main to a 24-5 scoring benefit in second-chance factors.
– INJURY WATCH: Golden State’s Otto Porter Jr. handled proper foot soreness that saved him out the second half of Recreation 5. His standing is questionable. … Warriors coach Steve Kerr may very well be recovered from his two-game absence with COVID-19 in time for Recreation 6, although that hadn’t but been decided. He wants two adverse checks first. … Morant has missed two video games and stays uncertain to return this postseason.
– PRESSURE IS ON: The Warriors. Memphis is the youngest crew to attain this spherical in 25 years, so forcing this series to a sixth sport already is a giant accomplishment with Morant injured. Every crew has had a blowout win with every of the opposite three video games determined by 5 factors or much less. However during the last two video games with out Morant, Memphis has led for all however the closing 45.7 seconds of Recreation 5.
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