The Golden State Warriors will face the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The Warriors are the heavy favorite, but the Grizzlies are no push over, which should make for an entertaining series.
All our writers here at Warriors World have submitted their predictions for the series, tell us what you think and comment at the bottom of the page:
Warriors in Five. This series would look quite different if both teams were full strength but that is largely beside the point. The Grizzlies will struggle whenever Mike Conley is off the floor, which may be quite a bit in at least the first two games. Memphis also lacks the perimeter firepower to match the Warriors and that will benefit Golden State’s defense as well. Expect a tough, short series.
Warriors in 5. Mike Conley with a broken face trying to guard Steph Curry? Yikes. Warriors will look to run and push tempo at every opportunity in this match-up. Memphis lacks the arsenal to keep up with the Warriors, can’t see Memphis being able to consistently score enough to beat the Warriors. 100 is the magic number as the Warriors are impossible to beat when they hold their opponent under 100.
Warriors in 5. The Mike Conley situation makes this prediction difficult. A healthy Conley could mean this series could go six or seven games, but that’s not the case. Even if Conley does return at some point, the Warriors are simply better. They should be able to take care of business at home, which means they only need to win one game in Memphis.
The Grizzlies are stout defensively, but they can’t keep up with the Warriors on the offensive end. Memphis is much better than New Orleans, but it should still be light work for the Warriors.
The Warriors will win in five games if Mike Conley plays and sweep if he doesn’t play. The Warriors are unstoppable when they can hold their opponents under 100 points; the Grizzlies will struggle to score that much.
This team is not built to score or play a fast paced game. The Warriors can score with anyone, they can defend, and will surprise the national media with their half court offense. Even if Conley plays a game or two, he won’t be at full health. Although Memphis is tough, the Warriors are hard-nosed in their own right with Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut. Golden State should win this series fairly easily and have a reasonable amount of time to rest again while they await the Rockets or Clippers.