The Golden State Warriors (3-0) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2-1) face-off in tonight's Monday night showdown. The Warriors are favored 9.5 at home in the match up.
Stephen Curry has been on a tear so far this season. According to ESPN, Curry is just the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 118 points in the first three games of a season, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Jerry West. Through three games, he's averaging 39 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game this season.
"You just get better as a player and try to take it to another level," he said. "So that's what I'm trying to do this year."
Klay has had some back issues, and the Warriors have had to play without Bogut, who was struck in the head in their opening game of the season. Klay has averaged 13 points per game this year and has a tough task tonight against Tony Allen. Klay really struggled against Allen in the playoffs last year, but if there was one game to show you've improved this offseason, this is the game. Klay's back will be a question mark, although he did play on Saturday through the soreness of it.
The Grizzlies gave the Warriors a tough out in the playoffs last year. Memphis is known for their half-court, slowing the game down, and beating you up defensively.
The main key for the Warriors is limiting the outside shots by Memphis. The Grizzlies can pound you inside with Marc Gasol and Zac Randolph, but when they get going on the outside they're very difficult to beat. "When we're making shots from the outside, I think we're a tough team to beat," Conley said. "The league knows that, and we've just got to find more consistency with it." Shooters like Courtney Lee as well as Mike Conley will be a focus of the Warriors to shut down.
The Warriors don't have trouble getting up shots. Curry is shooting lights out, somehow looking better than last year. The Warriors keys offensively will be to move the ball and push the tempo. In the playoffs the Grizzlies did a solid job of slowing the game down for the most part, so the Warriors will need to play to their strengths which means speeding up the game, getting fastbreak looks, and moving the ball quick on offense. If the game gets slowed down, the Warriors are in trouble.
Tonight's match up will be fun. Expect Conley to attack Curry, as the two are both top-tier guards in the league. Conley may be a bit underrated, but will love the challenge of guarding Curry.
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 10:30 EST