The grizzly They are trying to recover in every possible way.
They need to get their basketball spirit back after the Warriors I bombed them, 142-112, in Game 3 of the second round series on Saturday night. They need to improve their surrounding defense then Stephen Curry Waltz to the hoop over and over again. They are rebuilding themselves physically, too. Head coach Taylor Jenkins said on Sunday there was a “really good chance” Ja Morante Mistakes Match 4 after injuring his knee during a Golden State win.
Memphis will need to find inspiration without it. It won’t be easy as powerful warriors start playing as their most dangerous version.
Let’s take a quick look at three pressing questions for each side heading into Game 4.
1. What is the general feeling from each side during the rest day?
Fred Katz: Draymond Green Well crafted. It’s as if these teams are going one by one. Green had his blatant foul 2 in match 1. Dillon Brooks He was a blatant 2 in game 2. And now he’s accusing the Grizzlies Jordan Paul From a malignant beating to the knee.
It looks like Memphis will lose their starting point in Game 4, and a clear grudge has emerged.
it was there inflammatory comments From the Grizzlies after Saturday’s loss. Jenkins doubled down on his talk about Paul again on Sunday. He said Morant injured his knee in the play, which featured the Paul Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins Came to double the All-Star team in the middle of the court. He said general manager Zach Kleiman has been in talks with the league, and conveyed how the Grizzlies felt about the play. The NBA He will not discipline Paul, who does not appear to have any apparent malicious intent.
“I don’t know the word anger,” Big Grizzlies man Xavier Tillman She said. “We want to win. The bottom line: We want to win. We don’t feel any way about them, ever. We compete.”
Anthony Slater: The Warriors gave a casual and confident vibe. They were annoyed by Memphis’ attempt to piece together Paul’s grab on Morant’s knee anywhere on the same court as Dillon Brooks’ blatant blunder. But that anger dissipated on Sunday afternoon, after he offered assurances that the league (and the general viewing world) agreed it was not an issue that merited no further action or reaction.
They held a light workout and Steve Kerr held a meditative press conference in which he pushed back the idea that the series had turned out to be a much more uncomfortable place than expected.
“I don’t think so,” Kerr said. “I think it’s a classic match for a young up-and-coming team and a veteran team trying to hold our ground. Memphis, I’ve talked about it throughout the series, what a great job they did in building the organization, what a great job Taylor did with the team, the way they shaped it And they’ve developed. They’re a great team. They’re competitive. They want what we have. When you look at the history of the league, that’s how it goes – young teams try to take over. Anytime these situations, those matches, you get physical, chibi, whatever you want. name it. So it doesn’t seem strange to me.”
2. What modification do you expect?
Slater: Less area defense from warriors.
It was an aspect that wasn’t discussed in Game 3, but warriors increased their use of the paint pack, and the slow-paced zone defense. It worked. Jenkins admitted that the post-match game disrupted the first-half tempo for the Grizzlies, spawning several properties like the one below, lacking flow as Memphis systematically searches for passing windows until a rushing 3 becomes necessary.
You would think warriors have found a scheme that works and will continue to use it for longer periods. Can. But the area is designed to keep Morrant off the track. If Morant doesn’t play, there’s no purpose. Even if he did, the Warriors think the Grizzlies spent their rest day planning a little better and might need to adjust away from the gimmick anyway.
“Every match is different,” Kerr said. “If something works, you’ll stick with it longer. If it doesn’t, walk away from it. In a series, there will be adjustments. Then you have to adapt to adjustments. They will be ready to attack the area tomorrow and we may not play much of it at all.”
Katz: The Grizzlies won during the regular season, in part, because they dominated the boards. They have to go back to it. One easy way to get more bounces is to play Stephen Adams In game 4. He didn’t see any action in game 3 until trash time. But it’s not just that they miss their usual starting position.
They are getting a lot younger than they did during the regular season. Small formations didn’t do well without Brooks, who is suspended for the third game and is the strongest defender in the group on the periphery.
Young warriors rush to losing balls and grab long bouncing balls more often. The Grizzlies can’t just rush out to beat the fast competition in front of these bouncers. They should better place the box on the perimeter as well. They routinely placed Morant, for example, on Wiggins, allowing Wiggins to smash glass and obtain tip or plates, himself.
Golden State recovers 54.5 percent of the rebounds available in this series. She accounts for a third of her mistakes. If the team did that over the course of an entire season, it would be the second best offensive rebounder in the past five years.
The best? Grizzlies this year. They have to return to their identity.
3. A MUST SEE PLAYER IN GAME 4
Katz: Desmond Ben.
I could have said Tyus Jones’ name here, considering he’d fill in Morant if the All-Star guard had to sit in Game 4, but Bane, assuming he’s a bit healthier than he was during the first three games of this series If the Grizzlies are below their first player, you will take on a lead scoring role.
Memphis went 20-5 without Morant during the regular season. Jones, of course, played a major role in that. The Grizzlies were 3.8 points per 100 possessions better when on the ground this year, which is a notable difference for a guy who plays mostly backup. But don’t rule out Bane, who has been dealing with a lower back injury, when it comes to scoring 20-5.
If the Grizzlies are missing Morant, that means he’s lacking in more than just the guy orchestrating their attack. He is their best scorer so far. He finished Game 2 with 15 consecutive points in the last 266 seconds. Jones obviously can’t replicate what Morant could do in that sense, but Bane could ignite, as he repeatedly showed up during the first round against Timberwolves.
He tied his back but can score in groups, and Memphis will need a long time from him to steal Game 4 down the road.
Slater: Jonathan Kuminga.
Otto Porter Jr. Featured in Game Injury Report 4. He probably has a bruise on his hand. Porter looked sore as he walked hard to the podium for his interview outside of the day. He gave a really tough 24 minutes into Game 3 and it’s fair to wonder how his body responded to the quick turnaround.
If it’s not a porter’s night, the significance of the Kuminga rises. He just became the youngest player to start a playoff match. The results were intermittent. He had a few panic swings. But he was active defensively and scored 18 points in 8 out of 10 shots.
“One of the reasons I started JK is because we miss Gary (Payton II) being able to finish the match,” Kerr said. “The way he (the Grizzlies) plays, they’re very aggressive, they attack everywhere. So you need some ability to finish quickly in the basket before the blockers get in there. JK does that very well. So he’s going to continue to be be a factor.”
This is one of the inner jump edge attacks that Kerr is talking about. Kuminga hunts and dunks on the Retriever Tillman as fast as humanly possible. It provides a dimension that no other healthy player on the roster does and could be vital against Memphis.
(Photo by Stephen Curry and Ja Morant and Brandon Clark: De Ross Cameron / USA Today)