Warriors-Grizzlies Preview

The Golden State Warriors have been dominated by the Memphis

Grizzlies over the last three seasons. A trend that could very well

continue if Golden State can’t shake off Friday’s ugly offensive

performance.

The Warriors will try to snap an 11-game skid in the series when

they visit the Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Golden State hasn’t notched a win over the Grizzlies since Nov.

3, 2010, and has also dropped nine in a row in Memphis since April

4, 2008. Memphis has already won two meetings this season,

including an 88-81 overtime road victory Nov. 20 despite shooting

38.6 percent.

A win Saturday would give the Grizzlies their longest winning

streak over a single opponent. They’ve won 11 in a row against

Minnesota.

The Warriors (11-9), who are averaging 93.3 points during the

skid against the Grizzlies – compared to 101.1 points in all games

since the streak started on Nov. 26, 2010 – were offensively inept

in a 105-83 loss at Houston on Friday. It was their worst defeat

since a 140-109 setback, also in Houston on Feb. 5.

They shot a season-low 35.5 percent from the field and were 2 of

16 from 3-point range. Stephen Curry had 22 points but was 5 for 14

and committed eight turnovers while Klay Thompson was 2 for 10.

“It’s like tonight we didn’t hit shots early, and we have a

tendency to dwell on that, and we weren’t getting stops and we

can’t turn the ball over on offense,” Curry said after the Warriors

finished with 12 first-quarter points and trailed 61-37 at

halftime.

They committed 22 turnovers after averaging just 14.8 over the

previous five games.

”We gave them extra possessions early in the game to get their

confidence going,” Curry said.

Zach Randolph has five straight double-doubles against Golden

State, but he struggled in a 101-81 defeat to the Clippers on

Thursday, marking the fifth loss in the last six home games for the

Grizzlies (9-9).

Randolph was 4 of 13 for 12 points with 12 rebounds in his first

contest after missing two following surgery on an ingrown toenail.

Kosta Koufos scored a team-high 17 points in his fifth start in

place of the injured Marc Gasol, but he was 5 of 12.

“The Clippers played real well defensively,” Koufos said. “They

established themselves early in the second half. They hit some

tough shots.”

Memphis’ reserves were outscored 50-31, though the Grizzlies

likely won’t have the same problem against a Warriors bench

averaging 22.3 points – third-worst in the league.

Tony Allen was sidelined due to a bruised hip he suffered in

Tuesday’s win over Phoenix and is listed as day-to-day. Jerryd

Bayless is listed as Saturday’s probable starter.

Mike Conley, who scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting Thursday,

is hitting 45.9 percent of his 3-pointers during Memphis’ win

streak in the series. He’s a 37.2 percent 3-point shooter for his

career.

Thompson, a career 41.4 percent shooter from beyond the arc, is

shooting 30.8 percent from long range in nine career games against

the Grizzlies.