The Warriors were just crushed by the Clippers in LA. That’s very humbling, but at least the worst part is over, right? Wrong! The Warriors are to face the Grizzlies at home for the second time this season. Considering that the first time, the Warriors lost by 10 and Brandon Rush tore his ACL, the Warriors are going to have to avenge his injury.
In this case, avenging wouldn’t be injuring Zach Randolph. It would be more like matching up with the Grizzlies and creating some intensity: something that the Warriors live off of. With the home crowd more pleased then they ever have been, Memphis has to be literally perfect in order to win the game. The Warriors, no doubt, will come to compete. Now that they have to all-star worthy players on their roster, they will go after the Grizzlies like the Clippers went after the Warriors.
Why the Warriors will Bounce Back:
1. Defense: The Warriors’ defense was really just terrible against the Clippers: they allowed 67 points in one half. Yes it was that bad. The Clippers just seemed to thrive and make every single shot that they took. It was nightmarish. You can be sure that Mark Jackson coached more defense at practice. The Warriors will work harder at the defensive end against the Grizzlies. I expect them to play a lot of zone.
2. Shooting: Very rarely will the Warriors have an 18% shooting quarter, scoring 4 field goals that translated to 12 points. You will likely never see that again. The Warriors are one of the best shooting teams in the NBA. When a three point shot isn’t falling, the Warriors know how to penetrate the defense, make cuts, and smart plays. Against the Clippers, they kept shooting from the perimeter. They never really tried to drive the ball.
3. Coaching: Mark Jackson probably talked some sense into the Warriors. While he realized that it was that kind of night – offensively, there’s no excuse for the terrible defense that the Warriors played. When the offense isn’t there, the defense has to be. Against the Clippers, it just wasn’t, so the Warriors never really got back into the game.