Why the Golden State Warriors Will Beat the Grizzlies This Time Around

Nov 9, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos (41) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the fourth quarter at FedExForum. The Grizzlies won 108-90. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies are set to meet for the second time this season in Oakland on Wednesday night. The Warriors currently stand at 8-3 while the Grizzlies sport a 6-5 record. Although thoroughly beaten once already in Memphis, the Warriors are looking to bounce back and continue their win streak.

In their loss to the Grizzlies earlier this season, the Warriors were held to their second-lowest offensive output of the season, scoring only 90 points on .423 shooting. The Grizzlies, utilizing their trademark physical brand of basketball, put the Warriors in foul trouble. No Warrior starter played for more than 34 minutes and Harrison Barnes, the first man off the bench, played just under 19. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were held to a combined 12 for 31 shooting (.387) and 6 for 18 (.333) from beyond the three-point line. And playing on the tail end of a back-to-back, with San Antonio the location of the previous game, the Warriors were beaten badly.

The Warriors are looking to extend their win streak to five games, and their win streak is in no small part due to the contributions of Thompson and Barnes. Since their loss to Memphis, Thompson and Barnes have shot the ball extremely well – .564 and .524 respectively. With Tony Allen serving a one game suspension, the Grizzlies are left without one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. Thompson and Barnes have shown they will use their size and strength to take advantage of smaller opposing guards. Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless are going to have their hands full on both ends of the court guarding the physical Warrior backcourt.

Despite Curry missing his first game of the season, the Warriors will have all the tools to win their fifth straight game. A healthy Andrew Bogut and rejuvenated David Lee will be tough and exciting matchups for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. The Warriors clearly have the backcourt advantage and if Thompson, Barnes, and Andre Iguodala can continue their hot shooting, Golden State should take the victory over the Grizzlies tonight.

Topics: Golden State Warriors

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  • Jason

    Doh!