To say the Memphis Grizzlies have the Golden State Warriors’ number is an understatement. The Grizzlies have already defeated the Warriors twice this season, once in overtime and once in a blowout.
A win against the Warriors would be the Grizzlies 11th consecutive win against the Warriors. Golden State hasn’t defeated the Grizzlies since Nov. 3 of 2010, and they haven’t defeated the Grizzlies since April of 2008.
The Warriors are coming off a dreadful performance. They were trounced by the Houston Rockets 105-83 Friday night, their worst loss since last February against the same Rockets 140-109.
Stephen Curry did have 22 points but shot only 5-of-14 and had eight turnovers. Klay Thomspon struggled as well shooting only 2-of-10 from the field.
Injuries have plagued both teams. Andre Iguodala is out for the Warriors. So is Toney Douglas. Jermaine O’Neal is also day-to-day with a ligament tear in his left wrist.
The Grizzlies have had to play without Marc Gasol since the middle of November. Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and power forward are all day-to-day as well. Allen suffered a bruised hip on Tuesday against Phoenix, and for Saturday night’s game against the Warriors, point guard Jerryd Bayless is listed as the probably starter.
If Allen does not play, then look for Thompson and Curry to play well against an equally small backcourt of Bayless and Mike Conley. Bayless will have a hard time stopping Klay Thompson if he is faced with the challenge of guarding him.
Z-Bo has five straight double-double games against the Warriors, but the Grizzlies have loss five of their last six home games. To this point in the season, the Warriors are 5-7 on the road and Memphis is 4-6 at home so something must give tonight in their matchup.