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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Grizzlies - 11/5/18

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The Warriors went a weekend without any action on the court, but the team will resume play on Monday as they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies into town. The third game of a season-long five-game homestand, the Dubs will be looking to extend their current seven-game winning streak. Last season, the Dubs took two of three from the Grizzlies, winning both matchups at Oracle Arena, but this year’s Memphis squad figures to be a much improved team from a year ago.

As the Warriors celebrate their 47 seasons at Oracle Arena, one doesn’t need to dig too far in the memory bank for Monday’s celebration, as championship replica mini-trophies will be distributed to all fans in attendance of Monday’s game, courtesy of Mountain Dew Ice.

The Warriors used a 23-4 run in the fourth quarter to take command of a 116-99 win over the Timberwolves on Friday night at Oracle Arena. The Dubs entered the final quarter trailing by four, matching their largest deficit of the game, but eight points from Klay Thompson two minutes into the period and big shots by Alfonzo McKinnie keyed the game changing run. Full Recap


9-1 5-3
1st in West 5th in West
PTS: 124.1 (1st) PTS: 104.0 (27th)
REB: 47.1 (8th) REB: 38.4 (30th)
AST: 30.7 (1st) AST: 23.0 (20th)

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Damian Jones
MEM: Mike Conley, Garrett Temple, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marc Gasol

GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab), Andre Iguodala (rest) and Shaun Livingston (right foot soreness) are out. Team Notes
MEM: Omri Casspi (right knee soreness), JaMychal Green (broken jaw) and Chandler Parsons (right knee soreness) are out. DJ Stephens, Jevon Carter and Yuta Watanabe are on G League assignment. Team Notes

Head Coach Steve Kerr had never heard of Alfonzo McKinnie until about two months ago. Fast forward to today, and McKinnie is making it difficult for anyone not to recognize the impact he’s having on the Dubs. McKinnie led all Warriors reserves with 27 minutes in Friday’s win over Minnesota, and he made two of the team’s biggest shots, a dunk on a fast break and a 3-pointer from the corner, as the Dubs pulled away from the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter. After starting his pro career in Luxembourg three years ago and later playing in Mexico, it’s safe to say that McKinnie has come a long way. He leads the team in net rating, and his versatility as a defender allows him to stay on the court with a number of different combinations.


PTS: Curry (32.5) PTS: Conley (19.3)
REB: Durant (7.7) REB: Gasol (8.4)
AST: Green (8.5) AST: Conley (5.9)

The Grizzlies enter Monday’s game on the back end of a back-to-back after playing in Phoenix on Sunday. Winners of five of their last six before Sunday's loss to the Suns, the Grizzlies are a much improved team from a year ago, and that has everything to do with health. Mike Conley missed 70 games last year with a left heel injury, and the Grizzlies went on to win only 22 games, just one more than the team with the worst record in the league. But this season, the Grizzlies are performing quite well with veterans Conley and Marc Gasol guiding the ship. Memphis does a good job of taking care of the ball. In fact, they’ve had fewer turnovers than their opponents in each game. With possessions at a premium, the Dubs will need to execute at a high level if they want to remain undefeated at home.

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