The Memphis Grizzlies took on the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at the Fed Ex Forum in downtown Memphis. Even though the Grizzlies’ last game was Wednesday, it felt like an eternity because of how poorly they played and the reaction of the fan base. The Grizzlies came out with much more energy Saturday than they have had all season. They got back to the “grit and grind” basketball they are know for. The Grizz played inside out, and it proved to be just as successful as last year.
Mike Conley picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter which gave Nick Calathes almost 23 minutes of game time. Calathes played very well in an important spot because of Jerryd Bayless’ injury. Calathes finished the game with 2 points, one steal, two boards, and 5 assists. Calathes scored his two points on a dirty move that crossed over Steph Curry and ended with a nice finish at the hoop. Zach Randolph returned Saturday and put on a show. None of the Golden State bigs could guard Randolph, who seemed to score at will. Randolph had a double-double. Conley had to sit most of the first half because of foul trouble, but he still finished with 20 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Steph Curry had a good game for the Warriors Saturday. Curry hit some big shots to keep the Warriors in the game. Curry had 22 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. The other splash brother, Klay Thompson, never could get going. Thompson didn’t have a terrible game, but he only finished with 12 points, and a bunch of missed three pointers. Andre Iguodala had a solid game, finishing with 19 points, but he was 1-5 from the charity stripe. Mo Speights return to Memphis was spoiled by Zach Randolph. Speights had only 4 points, and was shut down by Zbo all night.
The Grizzlies looked much better Saturday against the Warriors than they did against the Pelicans earlier this week. The Grizzlies played solid defense, and gave a lot more effort than they have all season. It is still too early to tell if the Grizzlies are “back” or not, but they will have a tough road test Monday night in Indiana. The Pacers are a physical team that will try to make everyone uncomfortable. Monday night should be a good test for the Grizzlies to see if they are back to where they want to be. (all stats came from nba.com)