Well, it’s here. The final game of the regular season for the Golden State Warriors and, as planners hoped in writing, the most important game of the regular season.
Let’s do it.
Who: Golden State Warriors (38-33) contre Memphis Grizzlies (38-33)
When: 12h30 PT
Or: Chase Center, San Francisco, Californie
TV: ESPN (available on fuboTV)
Projected starting lineups:
Guerriers: Stephen Curry, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
Grizzlies: Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valančiūnas
Warriors: beat the Pelicans 125-122 – 5-0 in their last 5 games
Pelicans: beat the Kings 107-106 – 5-0 in their last 5 games
Team Notes (adjusted for waste time, e.g. Glass cleaning):
Warriors: 111.0 in attack (22nd), 110.7 in defense (5th), +0.2 net (15th)
Grizzlies: 112.4 attack (16th), 111.6 defense (8th), +0.8 net (14th)
History is only the ranking. If the Warriors win this game, they are eighth in the West and need to win only one of the two games to advance to the playoffs. If the Warriors lose, they finish ninth and must win two straight games to make the playoffs.
That’s it. This is the story.
If the Warriors win, keep an eye out for two nightly games: the Los Angeles Lakers versus the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers versus the Denver Nuggets. If the Blazers lose and the Lakers win, the Warriors will face Portland in Game 1 of the play-in. Any other scenario and the Dubs would face Los Angeles.
Players to watch
Warrior to watch: Draymond Green.
Green has been playing his best basketball of the season lately, and it’s no coincidence the Warriors have done the same. He has a chance to win this game on his own. If his defense is as disruptive as it looks lately, he can help suffocate the Memphis crew. And if he can come out and push the ball in small formations, the Dubs can punish the Grizzlies for playing big.
Grizzly to watch out for: Jackson Jr.
The young big man from Memphis missed most of the season with injury and only returned on April 21. He only played 10 games and was hot and cold during that time.
Match to watch: Steph Curry vs. Ja Morant.
Curry and Morant might not spend too much time defending themselves, but it’s still a battle of electric leaders who are the stars of their teams and the faces of their respective franchises. Curry and Morant will both feel like they have to be the star of the game for their team to win – and they are probably right.
The keys to victory
- Be disciplined. Limit mistakes and turnover.
- Get out there and run and enjoy Memphis’ vast slower lineup.
- Keep the magic of the bench running and survive the minutes Curry is sitting.
- Wardell Stephen Curry II.
It’s a big Dubs. The biggest of the year.