|David Lee, PF 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -5
Lee was terrific around the basket against the Grizzlies. Curry and Ellis fed him at the basket and he scored with authority. The Florida product also swiped at the ball a few times and helped create turnovers that got the Dubs out and running on the break.
|Dorell Wright, SF 34 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -9
Dorell was active on defense but failed to help out his teammates on the boards where the Grizzlies relentlessly attacked them. In addition, he did a poor job of protecting the ball against a very aggressive Memphis defense.
|Andris Biedrins, C 16 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +12
Andris picked up a few fouls but was still a good presence in the paint against Marc Gasol. He was physical with him and kept him at bay from the rim. When Biedrins went to the bench, the Warriors were outmuscled at the basket and outrebounded; in addition they needed to double team Gasol in those instances.
|Monta Ellis, SG 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | -7
Monta did a decent job of taking advantage of Tony Allen who routinely overplayed him on defense and thus was consistently a step late when Ellis set him up to be back screened. The Dubs’ starting guard was an efficient scorer against the Grizzlies but he was far too sloppy with the ball during the game.
|Stephen Curry, PG 36 MIN | 8-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | -7
Curry looked a little out of rhythm as he took some questionable shots and pressed the issue a little; but he remained aggressive throughout and kept the pressure on the Memphis guards. Also, his activity level was terrific as he played good individual defense and helped out on the boards.
Three Things We Saw
- The Warriors bench did a great job of allowing the starters to rest. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry both sat for roughly eight minutes in the second quarter as the second unit built a 15-point lead on the heels of good defense and an aggressive offense that took the ball to the hole.
- The Grizzlies are second in forcing turnovers in the league but the Warriors helped them out with a multitude of unforced miscues. The Dubs threw passes into traffic, botched fast break opportunities and were at times careless with the ball as Memphis turned up the intensity and rattled the Warriors in the fourth quarter.
- Late in the fourth quarter, the Warriors faced a one-point deficit and instead of running their offense, they settled for contested 3-point shots despite getting multiple offensive rebounds late in the final period. The Warriors exhibited poor discipline against the Grizzlies late and it cost them.