The Golden State Warriors are simply trying to outscore people, because that worked a lot of the time last season, and it was a darn good season.
But it hasn’t worked much so far this season, and it sure didn’t work during a 111-101 loss to the host Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
Instead, Marc Gasol went for 34 points and 14 rebounds, as the Grizzlies took complete advantage of the defending champs inside. Overall, the Grizzlies took advantage of the Warriors’ foul issues and missed assignments — playing a physical and defelating brand of basketball.
How bad was it for the Warriors?
Answer: Both Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were ejected.
How are things for the Warriors right now?
Answer: Try 1-2 for the first time in Steve Kerr’s four-year reign as coach.
And in the one win, the Warriors had to come back from 17 points to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, a non-playoff team last season.
Worse, the Grizzlies’ bench outscored the Warriors by a 41-18 count — and the Warriors’ reserves have typically been a source of pride and determination. (Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies’ reserves with 12 points in an inspiring performance, by the way.)
It was just one game and there are 79 more to go for Golden State. But so far, the Warriors’ defense has looked shaky, their stars somewhat content, and the opposition considerably more hungry.
Curry scored 37 points and Durant had 29. But Draymond Green was held to three points on 1-of-6 shooting and only Shaun Livingston (eight points) produced off the bench.
James Ennis III added 13 points on 6-of-6 from the floor for the still-grinding Grizzlies (2-0).