The Memphis Grizzlies Beat The Golden State Warrios Making It One To On in the Western Conference Semifinals  

Posted on May 8, 2015

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Follow me on Twitter @WilliamGMcCray and Instagram @SirWilliamGMcCrayIII to keep up on the latest!                                                                                             The excitement of Stephan Curry being name the Most Valuable Player of the NBA for The 2014-2015 season may have proved to be a bit much for the Golden State Warrios.  Of all night when the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bestowed such an incredible honor on Curry before a sold out crowd they loose.  Marking only the third loss of the Warrios in the entire season and the only second one at home the night was better sweet.  The fans that are normally over the top with cheers got quite in the fourth before a mass exit. Memphis Grizzlies welcomed Mike Conley Jr. back to the lineup and put the clamps on the Golden State Warriors’ high-octane offense at Oracle Arena on Tuesday.                                                                                                                      With Conley on the floor, Game 2 was a far different story than Sunday’s Game 1 loss. He led Memphis with 22 points and helped the Grizzlies even up their Western Conference semifinals series at one game apiece in a 97-90 road victory.                                                                                                                         Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports pointed out how rare it is for these Warriors to drop a game on their home court:                                                                   Wearing a protective facial mask and playing for the first time in 11 days after undergoing surgery on April 27, Conley’s expectations before Tuesday’s contest seemed rather modest.                                                                                  ”It was a little challenging,” said Conley of his first experience wearing the mask, per The Associated Press’ Josh Dubow (via Yahoo Sports). ”The first time going up and down can be a little tough on everybody. I’ll go out and do what I can do and see how my wind feels.”                                                                   Conley was tremendous, considering the circumstances, serving as the tone-setter to help swing the entire momentum of the series.                                    And it’s not as though Conley petered out despite concerns of potential fatigue—he buried a dagger three-pointer among his numerous highlights to make the score 90-80 with two minutes and 13 seconds left in the fourth.       All the magic the top-seeded Warriors were able to conjure up in front of their home fans all year seemed to dissipate due to Memphis’ gritty style.                  In light of how capable Golden State has been at pulling off rallies, ESPN’s J.A. Adande weighed in on how the Warriors couldn’t quite get close enough down the stretch:                                                                                                         Lackluster shooting from beyond the arc, a facet of the game that’s often Golden State’s equalizer even when the team is playing bad, and sloppy ball security in the form of 20 turnovers doomed the home squad.                          Fox Sports’ Jimmy Spencer alluded to the tactics Memphis deployed to stymie its favored adversary:                                                                                          Warriors star Klay Thompson found himself locked down by Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, unable to complement Stephen Curry as a usually dynamic half of the “Splash Brothers” backcourt. Thompson had just 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting and coughed up five turnovers.                                                            Curry led the Warriors with 19 points and added five rebounds and six assists but missed 12 of 19 field-goal attempts, and shot 2-of-11 from beyond the arc.   Allen, who had four steals on the night, boasted about his area of expertise when he stepped into a passing lane in the fourth and broke away for a dunk, per the NBA.                                                                                                   FedExForum is dubbed “The Grindhouse” for a reason. It’s because most opponents who walk into Memphis come away bruised, battered and defeated. The Grizzlies return home for Saturday’s Game 3 with a ton of momentum and suddenly have the look of the scary bully who could prevent Golden State from coming out of the West.                                                             As well as the Warriors play in terms of teamwork, sharing the ball, spacing and execution, they hadn’t faced the physicality Memphis boasts in a playoff atmosphere at full strength until Tuesday. Now Golden State coach Steve Kerr has to figure out how his perimeter-oriented, finesse team can regain the edge.                                                                                                                               The collective talent and depth the Warriors possess, along with how quickly Curry and Thompson can take over a game, give Golden State the faculties to steal a win away from home.                                                                            However, the advantage Memphis seems to have on defense and the edge with which the Grizzlies are playing definitely appear to be shaking up the Western Conference playoff picture. 

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