Thursday, March 30, 2023

NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors (34-32) at Memphis Grizzlies (38-26)

The Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies, who will be hosting the game, will renew their fierce rivalry in a nationally televised affair on Thursday night. Both teams are slipping in the Western Conference standings and are unaware of when reinforcements might arrive.

Since Andrew Wiggins left the Warriors on Feb. 14 for personal reasons, they have lost seven games in a row at home, including four straight.

Players, coach Steve Kerr, and general manager Bob Myers, all of the Golden State Warriors, have acknowledged speaking with Wiggins during his absence, and they have all stated the same thing: Take good care of your company.

The Heroes were trusting Stephen Curry’s return from a 11-game nonappearance because of a lower leg injury would assist them with finishing their street misfortunes. Yet, Curry’s 27 and 40 focuses, separately, haven’t been an adequate number of in misfortunes to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and Oklahoma City Roar on Tuesday.

Golden State has won the first two regular season games against a team that met in the Western Conference semifinals last year because it has home court advantage.

The profound challenges have seen Poole get a two-specialized launch in a 123-109 win on Christmas Day, and Curry get the push for tossing his mouthpiece into the stands late in a 122-120 victory a month after the fact.

On March 18, the clubs will meet for the fourth and final time, also in Memphis.

The Grizzlies hope to have Ja Morant back by then, but no timetable has been provided for his leave of absence due to an online-publicized gun incident.

Morant has passed on Memphis’ last two games in Los Angeles, which they lost to the Trimmers on Sunday and the Lakers on Tuesday. The Grizzlies made the announcement on Wednesday that Morant would be out for the next four games, with his first appearance being March 17 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Taylor Jenkins, the head coach of the Grizzlies, hopes that Morant will earn the public’s same respect as Wiggins did from his teammates.

Tyus Jones has stepped into the starting lineup at point guard and has performed admirably, just as he did when Morant injured his knee and had to miss the final three games of the Grizzlies’ 4-2 playoff loss to Golden State.

In the loss to the Clippers, he scored 25 points, had 12 assists, and had five steals. In the loss to the Lakers, he scored 16 points.

Jones made three starts in the playoff series against the Warriors last season. In Games 4 and 5, he scored 19 and 21 points, respectively. In Game 6, when the Grizzlies lost to Golden State, he scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had eight assists.

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