First, the Grizzlies made 11 3-pointers within the first half after averaging 11.6 makes per sport within the common season. The 3-point proportion started trending downward within the second half.
Then there was Golden State’s taking pictures. Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson hadn’t performed a concurrently good sport on this NBA playoff collection, but it surely occurred in Game 3. The Grizzlies had been unable to decelerate the Warriors in a 142-112 loss at Chase Center.
Memphis additionally received some uncharacteristic numbers which will even out later within the collection. The Grizzlies led the NBA in rebounding and paint scoring, however Golden State dominated each areas. Thompson additionally hit a 3-pointer off one foot that summed up the Grizzlies’ night time.
Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 34 factors on 13-for-21 taking pictures. He walked gingerly to the locker room across the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter with a towel draped over his head and didn’t return to the sport. Desmond Bane added 16 factors.
Curry, Poole and Thompson mixed for 78 factors on 26-of-44 taking pictures.
The Warriors now lead the collection 2-1. Game 4 shall be Monday night time at Chase Center (10 p.m. ET, TNT).
Here are three key observations from Game 3:
Morant will get little assist
Morant’s halftime buzzer-beater was his finest spotlight, however he had many extra. The All-Star Grizzlies level guard continued his spectacular stretch of video games in opposition to the Warriors’ protection.
The drawback was that Morant did not get a lot assist. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 10 factors within the first half however went scoreless within the third quarter. Bane seemed higher, however he is nonetheless not at 100% whereas coping with decrease again soreness.
By the tip of the third quarter, Morant had 30 factors whereas the opposite 4 starters mixed for 32. Things weren’t a lot better from the bench. Golden State appears as whether it is emphasizing taking away all the things round Morant. So far this collection, that technique is working.
New beginning lineups
Dillon Brooks‘ one-game suspension led to Ziaire Williams getting the beginning at small ahead for the Grizzlies. The Warriors went greater by beginning Jonathan Kuminga rather than the injured Gary Payton II.
Steven Adams additionally returned for the Grizzlies on Saturday after lacking the previous three video games. Not solely did Adams not begin, however he didn’t play rotational minutes. He entered the sport when the consequence was determined within the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies went with a rotation of massive males that included Jackson, Xavier Tillman, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke. The Grizzlies used the identical beginning lineup to start the second half, whereas the Warriors subbed Otto Porter Jr. for Kuminga.
Clarke has been probably the most dependable Grizzlies gamers throughout the playoffs, however he was a noticeable minus-23 within the first half in 11:26. Tyus Jones was the subsequent closest Grizzlies participant at minus-11.
Missing Dillon Brooks
Brooks wasn’t allowed to be within the enviornment. Even if he wasn’t taking part in, his energetic presence alone would have been a lift for the Memphis protection. The Grizzlies ran the Warriors off the 3-point line early, however Golden State received each different look it wished.
The Warriors shot 70.3% within the first half. The Grizzlies made 11 first half 3-pointers, capped off by a 48-foot buzzer-beater by Morant. The 3-pointers stored the Grizzlies in it for some time, however as these wore off the Warriors stored scoring. In addition to Poole, Thompson and Curry, the Warriors additionally received an enormous scoring night time from Andrew Wiggins. He had 17 factors on 7-for-10 taking pictures. When Golden State’s prime 4 scorers all have it going, it will be laborious for Memphis to win.
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This article initially appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Warriors rout Grizzlies in Game 3 for 2-1 collection lead