The FedExForum will be rocking for Game 2 of the Western Conference Seminfinals as the third-ranked Golden State Warriors will take on the second-ranked Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. These teams had an excellent and close game on Sunday in Game 1 as the Warriors picked up a 117-116 victory. This should be an exciting game so let’s jump right into the swing of things and dive into these teams!
Stay GoldenThere were some question marks heading into the postseason as point guard Stephen Curry was recovering from an ankle injury, but was healthy enough to play in the postseason as he continues to get back into shape. He had a very good Game 1 as he finished with 24 points, three rebounds, four assists, and a block but was in foul trouble as he had five fouls for the final handful of minutes of the fourth quarter, but avoided picking up the sixth one. So far this postseason, Curry is shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, 40.7 percent from three, but just 74.4 percent from the free-throw line.
As a team, the offense has been doing incredible as they are leading the playoffs with 117.8 points per game while being second shooting 50.9 percent from the floor as a whole. Defensively, they are using their size as they averaged 6.2 blocks per game as well so if they can be able to defend well, they should be in the driver’s seat here.
Young and HungryThe Memphis Grizzlies are a young team that is attempting to prove that they are the next Golden State Warriors team. Point guard Ja Morant had an incredible season as he won the Most Improved Player Award and has extended it through the playoffs as he is averaging 23.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game. He had a solid game as he scored 34 points and was a rebound shy of a triple-double so it will be interesting to see how he attacks this Warriors team in Game 2.
The Grizzlies offense has been doing extremely well during the playoffs as they are second in the postseason averaging 114.9 points per game. A huge reason is the fact that they are averaging 13 offensive rebounds per game and the Warriors are not having the size as the Minnesota Timberwolves had in the first round. They also are doing pretty well at stopping drives as they also averaged 6.1 blocks per game, which is right behind Golden State.
- Memphis: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog