Wow. I know the Grizzlies have been playing much better of late, and they have size mismatches that kill the Warriors, but still, it’s the Grizzlies. The Warriors, undermanned or not, should be competitive against teams like Memphis.
Would Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf have helped? It’s a fair question. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (combined 55 points and 27 rebounds) dominated the Warriors’ small lineup tonight, and you have to think that if they had been tussling in the paint with Biedrins or Turiaf instead of Chris Hunter (no offense to Hunter, he played the best he was able) and Vladimir Radmanovich, things would have been tougher for the Grizzlies’ duo. With Biedrins and Turiaf set to return on Saturday, we’ll have to wait and see what impact they have on this team.
The Warriors have lost six in a row and need a win Wednesday on the road against Chris Paul and the Hornets to avoid going into the Christmas break on a seven-game losing streak.
A quick look at some of the silver lining from this game:
Corey Maggette: Maggette continues to play well and deserves some credit. He’s playing within the offense and showing an unselfish side to his game at times that we haven’t seen in the past. He scored 25 points on 14 shots, got 11 free throws, and had six rebounds and four assists. Give him a hand.
Chris Hunter: Nice performance by the NBDL call-up. In his second start, he played nearly 31 minutes and had 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He wasn’t good on defense, but he gave much more than should be expected. Can he keep up this kind of production? I don’t think he can, but it would be a nice surprise.
Stephen Curry: It wasn’t the best game of Curry’s career, but he continues to impress me. His shot was somewhat erratic tonight, but he still had 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans are getting most of the rookie pub (and for good reason), but Curry deserves some credit.
I don’t need to recap the bad from this game. No point in piling on. The Warriors will have to play a lot better tomorrow against the Hornets. I am very interested in seeing Chris Paul against Curry. That’s an exciting matchup.
Check out the box score from tonight’s game.
Here’s the Associated Press recap.
Here’s a quick question for you. Taking into consideration his off-the-court reputation and baggage, would you want Zach Randolph on your team? Purely hypothetical question, because I don’t think the Grizzlies would dream of trading him right now. But if he was available, does his talent outweigh his reputation? Post your thoughts in the comments.