Season Series: 2-1 Warriors
The Warriors and Grizzlies both defeated their first round opponents with ease. This match up looks to be far tougher. The question is, has Memphis elevated their game in the playoffs enough to compete with the best team in the league, the Golden State Warriors.
The Grizzlies looked impressive against Portland. We all know their defense can be great and they held the Blazers to just 93.8 points per game in the series. In our series preview we expected Memphis to struggle scoring against a good Portland defense. That was not the case as Memphis averaged over 100 points per game led by Courtney Lee’s 17 points on a ridiculous 66% shooting percentage. While there’s no denying the Grizzlies looked good, a beat up Portland is not even close to this Warriors team.
The Warriors took care of business in round 1, as expected. They experienced multiple double digit deficits in the series but at no point in the series did it seem like they would lose. Even when they were down by twenty in the fourth quarter of game 3 it felt like the Warriors knew they would come back and hit shots when they needed to. Memphis plays great defense and they might be able to slow the Warrior’s offense but Golden State plays great defense as well. We were worried about the Grizzlies offense against Portland. Against this Warriors’s defense Memphis really might have trouble putting up points.
Most Irrelevant Story-line: Mike Conley’s Face
Without Conley, Memphis has no chance. With Conley, they still don’t have much of a chance. If Conley misses game 1 it really shouldn’t affect the series as the Warriors would be expected to win game 1 at home even if Memphis had Conley.