The Grizzlies may resent him. Ja Morant’s absence was wrong, he maintained 12 points in 9 minutes at the end of the match, after controlling the time and especially facing the Warriors. However, they had a worse time and Golden State veterans, led by Stephen Curry, jumped at the chance to go for a third win in the fourth game and put Memphis on the brink of elimination.
As usual, the Grizzlies are the best starters. With incumbent Tyus Jones and Steven Adams in place of injured Ja Morant and Xavier Tillman, Memphis leads the race but their awkwardness keeps the Warriors in the running. Despite a 0/10 3-point lead and 6 turnovers, Golden State lay in ambush (24-20).
In front of a bewildered Chase Center, both teams redouble their awkwardness. Les Grizzlies appreciates the chances of taking control of the match. Golden State is serious on defense and we have to wait for the Dubs’ 16th 3-point attempt to see Otto Porter Jr unlock his team’s counter (35-31). At halftime, both teams are 6-for-40 and Memphis are three lengths ahead (41-38).
With a much more aggressive Jaren Jackson Jr. and an offensive rebounding thanks to Steven Adams, the Grizzlies keep control of operations and tempo to take an eight-point lead (60-52). The Warriors speak for an 8-2 to return to -2 on a shot from Stephen Curry, but they have two horrible minutes. The Grizzlies then outscored them 14-4 on the third and fourth quarters to +12 (76-64)!
On the verge of breaking, the Warriors clung on with two award-winning shots from Otto Porter Jr. before two more from Stephen Curry naked brought them back to -1 (89-88)! Despite all the efforts of Stephen Curry, Tyus Jones and Jaren Jackson Jr. remain strong to keep Golden State ahead (93-90). Unfortunately for Memphis, the dike eventually gave way. Six free throws from Curry and Poole put the Warriors ahead when Memphis twice hit a Dillon Brooks ball to hit the street all game (96-93).
The Grizzlies will never get ahead again. After conceding 38 points in the first half, they conceded 39 in the last period. They missed a golden opportunity to regain the field advantage and will play their survival home game on Wednesday.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Steve Kerr’s absence. Placed in solitary confinement after a positive test at Covid, the coach left Mike Brown’s place on the bench. Like in 2017 when he was suffering from back pain. The future Kings coach displays a perfect record as an interim coach: 13-0!
– Clumsiness from afar. After a game 3, which saw both teams boiling from afar, the first half of Game 4, we offered the reverse excess. The Warriors scored their first 15 shots behind the arc before returning to the locker room at 2 out of 20. By the way, they became the first team to miss so many award-winning shots to start a playoff game since the Thunder in 2011! The Grizzlies did twice as well with a nice 4 out of 20! Both teams were cruelly lacking in pace, making shots even more than open impossible to convert. At the palm of his hand, however, is Golden State, which added 11 lost balls in the first 24 minutes.
– Memphis control the tempo of the meeting. Sans Ja Morant and with the return of Steven Adams in rotation, Taylor Jenkins’ strategy was to slow down during the match have the maximum to limit the number of possessions and did not give the Warriors rhythm. The Grizzlies applied this instruction to perfection by going up and trotting the ball, leaving Adams alone on the offensive rebound to focus on defensive retreat, and running in transition in an extremely selective manner. Golden State is inscribed in a panel, playing at the same pace as the opponents and the Warriors were at a standstill throughout the match.
– Stephen Curry took things in stride. With the team sounding dirty and a few minutes in an unacceptable failure, the double MVP put the Warriors on their shoulders. Like Game Mor in Game 2, he scored 18 of his team’s 39 points in the final quarter, sending two important award-winning shots to keep Golden State in ambush. He then attacked the circle to go for free throws after free throws to sign the decisive 11-5 at the end of the game.
TOPS / FLOPS
✅ Stephen Curry. At 6 of 18 after three quarters, Stephen Curry woke up in the final quarter with his team at -12. He scored 18 of his 32 points to crucify the Grizzlies. It is a passage that has become the premier joueur de l’histoire in the NBA to reach the 500-point bar with 3 points in the playoffs.
✅ Andrew Wiggins – Otto Porter Jr. Le Canadien finished in double doubles (17 points, 10 rebounds) and was the most consistent Warrior. His five offensive rebounds were crucial. Otto Porter Jr. was also instrumental, especially in his two quarter-final shots to stop the hemorrhage before Stephen Curry’s festival.
✅ Tyus Jones. In the absence of Ja Morant, Tyus Jones was solid throughout the match. He finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. As he controlled the final quarter, he stopped attacking the Warriors defense and it cost his team dearly.
✅ Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies quarterback scored 15 of his 21 points after the break, attacking his opponents to take advantage of his size advantage. He missed the shot in the last 30 seconds. He also finished with 5 against.
✅ Steven Adams. Starting tonight, the pivot also finished in double-double (10 points, 15 rebounds). His presence in the racket did him good. He caught 6 of his team’s 10 offensive rebounds, but the Warriors still won the rebound battle (54-48).
✅ Kyle Anderson. The former Spur man scored 17 points on the bench and punched Jordan Poole throughout the match. Taylor Jenkins, however, was doomed in the end and may wonder why.
⁇ Dillon Brooks. Returning after suspension, behind the Grizzlies delivered a deplorable performance. He finished 5 of 19 on shooting, lost 4 balls, and forced in the money time, when Tyus Jones and JJJ au should have had all the balls.
⁇ Desmond Bane. He continues his way of the cross. Well defended by Stephen Curry, he only took eight shots and scored 8 points as he was expected to have more responsibility in Morant’s absence. His back unfortunately continues to handicap him.
⁇ Klay Thompson – Jordan Poole. The two gunmen finished the match 10 out of 32 on shots, including 0/10 on 3-pointers. They also lost seven balls.
Game 5 : Wednesday night through Thursday in Memphis.