Golden State Warriors: Curry, Durant ejected in loss to Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 21: Mario Chalmers
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 21: Mario Chalmers /

The Golden State Warriors dropped to 1-2 after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were both ejected in the fourth quarter.

The Golden State Warriors’ comeback attempt fell short and resulted in both of the team’s MVP’s getting ejected with around a minute left. Stephen Curry, tonight’s leading scorer, drove for a layup and got hit. He turned to the nearest official and expressed his frustration by flinging his mouthpiece in that general direction.

Curry was instantly ejected. Kevin Durant soon followed after sharing some words. It was an appropriate ending to a sloppy night from the defending champs.

Once again, their opponent punched them in the mouths. The Memphis Grizzlies came out firing. The Grizzlies, who have committed to playing at a faster pace than in recent years, scored 31 points in the first quarter.

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They extended the lead at various points, but the Warriors managed to climb back and cut the deficit to just five points before the halftime break. The score indicated that the game was closer than it actually was as the Grizzlies completely outplayed the Warriors.

Curry’s foul trouble hurt the Warriors. He picked up four first-half fouls, resorting to lazy defense and reaching. He was Golden State’s best player all night, but he just couldn’t stay on the floor. He had 37 points in just 30 minutes.

The Grizzlies came out of the halftime break with the same energy and effort level that they did to start the game. They outscored the Dubs 32-20 in the third quarter. Golden State couldn’t find any kind of composure.

Marc Gasol showed why he’s still one of the top players in the game. He had 34 points and 14 rebounds. His most important contribution was the ability to kill any Golden State momentum by getting to the free throw line 17 times.

The Warriors couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm. They had 20 assists compared to 17 assists, six of those coming from Durant. Defensively, they haven’t been disciplined though they’ve gotten high steal and block totals.

The Warriors will look to get back on track on Monday in Dallas against the Mavericks.