NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 28 33 22 31 114
Memphis 30 16 26 23 95
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 19, 2019
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee  Attendance: 14,511

'Future' the topic as Grizzlies, Warriors meet

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies

  1. The Grizzlies have won three of their last five home games against the Warriors, most recently a 132-117 win over Golden State in their final game of the 2018-19 regular season. Memphis is one of five places where the Warriors have a losing record since the start of the 2016-17 season.
  2. The Warriors lost their seventh game in a row, falling to the Pelicans, 108-100, in New Orleans on Sunday, their longest losing streak since April 2012 (eight). Golden State is shooting 31.5 percent from three this season, down 7.0 percent from last season. That is the largest decline in the NBA this season.
  3. The Grizzlies had a three-game win streak snapped by the Nuggets, 131-114, at home on Sunday. Memphis has made 10 or more three-pointers in its last seven games, tied for the longest streak in team history. The Grizzlies are shooting 40.1 percent from three in those seven games compared to the 26.5 percent they shot from deep in their first six games.
  4. Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 30 points in the loss to the Pelicans, his second 30-point performance this season (34 versus Portland). He has more 30-point games that all other 2019-20 rookies combined (one; Ja Morant, Memphis). Stephen Curry was the last Warrior to have multiple 30-point games as a rookie (eight in 2009-10).
  5. Jaren Jackson Jr. made a career-high five three-pointers as part of his team-leading 22 points in the loss to Denver. Jackson has attempted at least six three three-pointers in five straight games, making 48.4 percent of his attempts over that span.
  6. The Warriors have 864 combined points by players 23 or younger this season, most in the NBA. The Grizzlies have 832 combined points by players 23 or younger this season, second most in the league (based on age of players at the time of game).

Two teams mirroring each other's recent history cross paths Tuesday night when the Golden State Warriors visit the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies, like every other team in the league, can only hope to duplicate even a small piece of the Warriors' dominant run the past five seasons. With five wins (including San Antonio and Utah) in their first 13 games, they appear headed in the right direction.

Hopes are high in Memphis due mainly to first-round selections Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant the last two seasons, much as Warriors' fortunes changed after they used lottery picks on Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011).

The Warriors had gone five years, losing 50 or more games twice, before returning to the playoffs in 2013.

The Grizzlies have failed to make the postseason in each of the past two seasons, losing 60 and 49 games, respectively.

"We are Ja and Jaren. We do what we do," Morant proclaimed to The Undefeated last week. "I feel like we are kind of showing (our potential). We are still growing. We still got a lot more learning and work to do. But I feel like it's a one-two punch."

It wasn't long ago that the Grizzlies were a perennial Western Conference playoff team, having made the postseason seven straight years.

But age and injuries caught up to key players -- namely Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph -- and the Grizzlies hit rock-bottom in a 60-loss season in 2018 before resetting and charting a new path.

The Warriors, who at 2-12 are on pace for a 70-loss season, likewise have lost much of the core of five straight trips to the NBA Finals and seven straight berths in the playoffs.

But like Memphis, Golden State figures to land an unusually high draft position that could add a key piece to a turnaround as early as next season.

The Warriors have lost seven in a row, their longest losing streak since 2012, but that doesn't make the season a waste of time, Draymond Green noted to reporters last week.

Green hopes to be a better player by the time injured Curry (broken hand) and Thompson (torn ACL) -- and possibly the No. 1 pick in the draft -- join him in next season's reload.

"I'm going back to the way I was pre-KD, and that's exciting to me," Green said of his role before the Warriors imported high-scoring Kevin Durant. "I had to give up shots to make sure Kevin gets his touches, and I don't regret that. It got me a couple of championships.

"But as a competitor, as someone who's still in his prime, who's been in the gym all summer trying to improve my game, it's exciting to know that I can go back to playing the way that I was playing before."

The Warriors were without not only Curry and Thompson, but also D'Angelo Russell (sprained thumb) and four others when they opened a four-game trip with a 108-100 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.

The injury report reads the same for Tuesday's game in Memphis.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies will be hoping to rebound from a 131-114 shellacking at the hands of Denver on Sunday. Memphis had won three in a row before that.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 18, 2019

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