Warriors Notes: The Dubs lose to the Grizzlies, falling to 7-29 on the road
What we learned as the Dubs lose to the Grizz, falling to 7-29 on the road appeared in the original Bay Area Sports NBC
The Warriors on Saturday took one of the worst road records in the NBA into a building that shows no mercy to visiting teams.
Things did not go well for them inside FedExForum in Memphis.
Trailing in the first quarter, the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to catch the Grizzlies and never did, losing 133-119 dropping them back at . 500 (36-36) and extending their losing streak on the road. until 11.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, led by Jonathan Cumingawho finished with 24 points. Jordan Paul They numbered 21, while Stephen Curry He had 16 and Clay Thompson 14.
The Grizzlies brought their home record to 29-5, the best in the NBA.
Here are three notes from the defeat that caused Golden State’s road record to drop to 7-29 and 0-3 on this trip:
Punishment from behind the arc
The Grizzlies don’t usually count on much 3-point shooting, averaging fewer than 12 made threes per game. Desmond Bean And Luke Kennard are the only legitimate threats.
Not so in this game. Memphis dropped 12 3 balls in the first half. Moreover, the efficiency was impressive, at 63.2%. Four different players – Dillon BrooksAnd David RudyAnd Garren Jackson Jrand Kennard – drilled at least two before halftime.
The tone is set. The Grizzlies shot 47.4 percent (18 out of 38) off the arc for the game. It is very difficult to win, whether home or away, when such great shots are allowed from distance.
Where did the warriors go wrong? There was hot shooting, but most of the blame goes to recurring issues like overassists and late turns, which lead to opening looks from a distance.
Cuminga brings the best of what he has
Where would the warriors be without Kuminga? Maybe he exploded in the first half.
The sophomore pro came off the bench and 24 seconds later drained Golden State’s first 3-pointer of the game. Scored 11 points in eight minutes in the first quarter, accounting for nearly half of the team’s total of 23.
Kuminga finished with 24 points, on 8-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep. He brought energy from both ends, even grabbing eight rebounds, an area the coaching staff emphasized, and blocking shots.
JK also played smart, doing a good job of deciphering when to attack the edge and when to pay Memphis to casually defend him on the perimeter.
Although JK fumbled an open transmission late in the third quarter, this was, under the circumstances, one of the best games of his short career.
The vets were running empty
The Warriors didn’t get to their hotel in Memphis until about 1:30 a.m. Central Time. The rapid turnaround was evident, particularly with the veterans.
Curry, who scored 31 points Friday night in Atlanta, finished with 16 of 5-of-15. Dillon Brooks wanted to take credit, but Steve was running out of energy.
Klay Thompson scored 14 points on 6 of 17 shooting. Kevon Looneywho came off a career night — 18 points, 16 rebounds — against the Hawks, had 10 points and three rebounds.
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All three faded badly in the fourth quarter. After the Warriors got to a two run in the opening minute of the quarter, the Grizzlies rallied, leading by as many as 20 before the final buzzer.