MEMPHIS (Tenn.) — Monday will see the completion of the Golden State Warriors‘ 117-116 win in Game 1. Stephen CurryHe reminisced on his youth, which was largely unfocused.
Curry, like every student at Davidson, was issued a CatCard which allowed him to use all facilities, including the gym and cafeteria. Curry was matched by his Western Conference counterpart. Ja MorantCurry, who spent his 20s in Memphis, leading one of the fastest NBA rebuilds in recent decades, said that he was still trying to find his dorm and losing his CatCard. While Curry was trying to figure out how to play pro basketball, behind Acie law IV, Morant was controlling the games at the league's high stakes table with his determination.
Morant was creating art, while Curry was changing ID cards. His highlight is Memphis' Game 2 victory, 106-101. Morant scored 47 points, with a true shooting percentage 64.0. Morant dragged a Grizzlies' team with very little offensive rhythm and execution to the finish, scoring the final 15 points.
When Morant was asked how Tuesday night ranks in his work, Morant replied “Definitely up there.” “I felt like this was a must win game for us and I was frustrated that I missed the layup in Game 1.
Morant's response to questions regarding his mentality and strategy during the fourth quarter takeovers was short for the second week. Morant did not give any details about the strategy of defense and his emotions. It's a simple mantra: “Go grab a bucket!” After taking a third quarter shot to his left eye, Morant claimed these buckets were made using limited vision. Morant's vision may not be perfect, but he can still find his way to the basket even with a blindfold.
Morant, who has played in two games, has declared himself to be the best player of the series. Curry Klay ThompsonThey have had to struggle from a distance. Draymond GreenSecond Spectrum reports that he missed the majority of Game 1 and that only three of his potential assists in Game 2 were fulfilled by teammates. Although the two teams may be evenly matched (Vegas be damned), the Grizzlies are well-positioned if superstar performances decide outcomes.
This series offers a fascinating contrast, although it is a bit complicated. The Warriors' heritage gives them a strong identity. It has been cultivated over seven year: The pass-happy style and hyper-intelligent defense. Game 2, which was their worst 3-point shooting game per percentage (18.4) in the current dynastic era was not the norm.
These characteristics are still there, but the Warriors squad came into the postseason with some new unknowns. Steph Curry (Draymond Green), Klay Thompson and Klay Andrew WigginsA grand total of Nine secondsDuring the regular season, they were all together on the court. Although the Warriors know who they are, it is still unclear what their identity is this season. Strange though it sounds, the 2022 Warriors remain a work-in-progress.
The Grizzlies provide the opposite dynamic. The Grizzlies' young core has grown together in this season, even with Dillon BrooksThey have missed 50 games. They have a distinct two-way style. Their drive-and-kick style is fueled by Morant's incredible penetration. After being swamped in the first month, Memphis adjusted its defensive shifts to the interior and minded the gaps. They became one of the top paint-protection teams within the league, protecting shots up to 14 feet. This formula won them 56 regular-season games. It is also a validation that this kind of success does not happen by chance.
But the Grizzlies have just begun a long life cycle. No squad can predict what their DNA will look like in adulthood. Although the Warriors are a formidable opponent in the short-term matchup, it is a blessing for the Grizzlies during their first significant postseason appearance. It's a chance for you to experience championship basketball, while also battling it. It's easy to see why Game 2 was so successful for Morant and the Grizzlies.
Curry found Morant following the buzzer of Golden State winning Game 1 by a razor-thin margin. This is the result of the missed layup that was stuck in Morant’s craw for 48hrs. Jaren Jackson Jr. Before they went back to their locker rooms. Two-time MVP Curry told the 22-year old phenom that the conference semifinals series would be a fight. Curry said to Curry, “We're going have some fun.”
Morant stated, “I was able t return that message tonight and saying the same thing.” “I always say that this is my favorite matchup because I'm playing against a man like him, who is a great talent. It's going to be tough.
Curry and Morant are in a fight, but they also have a mutual admiration society. Although it might be a resentful thing for old-timers, it is a sign of the times. Curry is self-possessed enough that he can recognize a successor when one appears. Morant is able to recognize the characteristics of a mentor even when he can't see well.