The Warriors, finally, got back to their defensive ways. It was too late to avoid a 99-93 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
But Golden State showed flashes of the team that looked to be a playoff contender. The Warriors came alive in the second half like they hadn't all trip, nearly stealing a win.
It's a moral victory the Warriors don't seem to want, as they head to Dallas looking to avoid an 0-4 trip. The sign of life, however, brought a glimmer of hope to a desperate locker room.
"This is a frustrating feeling for us, knowing that we've lost three in a row," point guard Stephen Curry said after leading the Warriors with 32 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. "But there is positive we can take from this game, knowing we got back to our brand of basketball for the last 24 minutes. We have to remember that."
The Warriors (30-20) held the Grizzlies to 36 points on 38.2 percent shooting in the second half. They forced 10 turnovers and limited inside-dominant Memphis to 18 points in the paint and four offensive rebounds after halftime.
It was the kind of energetic, scrappy, collective defensive posture the Warriors have exhibited most of the season.
Certainly, Memphis is hardly the most potent offensive team in the league, especially since shipping star Rudy Gay to Toronto last week for veteran forward Tayshaun Prince plus pieces. But after the Warriors were run out of the
gym at Houston and Oklahoma City, Friday's effort stood out as resilient and gritty.
And that was without the heart of the team, as backup guard Jarrett Jack missed his second consecutive game with a right shoulder contusion.
Warriors lose to Memphis Grizzlies, fall to 0-3 on trip
Oakland Tribune | Feb 9