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Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors Game 6 live stream: Watch the NBA playoffs online

By Emile Avanessian

Published: 10:57, 13 May 2022

The Grizzlies forced Game 6 with a comprehensive demolition of the Warriors in Memphis. They’ll try to replicate the feat on Friday night (10:00pm Eastern; 3:00am UK) is San Francisco, and force a decisive Game 7.

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Depending on your perspective, Wednesday night in Memphis was either absolute perfection or unspeakable disaster.

With or without superstar point guard Ja Morant, this Grizzlies team will never lack for effort, intensity or confidence. For that reason, even shorthanded, they’ll always be dangerously competitive. On those nights when they’re also hitting shots, they’ll look downright terrifying.

It’s worth noting that the Warriors played perfectly into the Grizzlies’ hands, turning the ball over 14 times in the first half (and 22 for the game), allowing a whopping 18 offensive rebounds (while grabbing just four of their own) – resulting in an incredible 27 extra possessions for Memphis – struggling from behind the 3-point line (35.9% on 36 attempts) and failing to get to the free throw line (just 13 attempts). However…

Even with all of that going wrong, there’s no excuse for a healthy, star-laden team with a silly amount of not just playoff, but championship experience to ever trail a playoff opponent – home or away, full strength or not – by FIFTY-FIVE points in a competitive game (they ultimately lost 134-95). And therein lies the most troubling part of the Game 5 post mortem.

Every great team has its off nights, where shots just aren’t falling, passes aren’t crisp, or the energy just isn’t where it needs to be. However, there are a few, if any examples from the entire 75-year history of the NBA in which a team with genuine championship aspirations has had the opportunity to close out a series against an opponent that’s not just shorthanded, but missing their talismanic superstar, and not simply come up short, or even gotten blown out, but been utterly and completely humiliated.

Yes, the Grizzlies played phenomenally well, both individually – Tyus Jones, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane (21 points and 4 made 3-pointers each, with a combined 14 assists and steals, against just two turnovers) in particular – and as a unit, but this type of train wreck result begs some questions of the team on the wrong side of the beating.

It’s not just that trailed at one point by 55 (you know you’ve had a bad night…), but the manner in which they seemingly allowed it to happen. Of the game’s first three quarters (when this thing was still a ‘competition’), the Warriors’ most competitive quarter of the game was the second, when they were outscored 39-22, and their best defensive showing came in the first, when allowed 38 points, while scoring just 18 themselves.

Of course, another the mark of quality teams is that they both acknowledged and deeply experience the pain of such a disastrous performance, but also, very quickly, compartmentalize and contextualize it, as ‘just one game’ in a sea of many. As the series shifts back to San Francisco, with the Warriors still holding a 3-2 advantage and the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Finals, we can reasonably assume that Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole and Co. will not allow a repeat of Wednesday’s atrocious performance, In all likelihood, they’ll find enough to win the game and move on.

However, one factor, not only of Game 5 but of the entirety of this series, that stands out is the extent to which these Grizzlies do not fear Warriors’ the superstardom, championship pedigree… their aura, basically. And Friday night will be no different.

Grizzlies predicted starting lineup: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

Notable injuries: Ja Morant (knee; out)

Warriors predicted starting lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green

Notable injuries: Otto Porter, Jr. (foot; questionable); Andre Iguodala (neck; out); James Wiseman (knee; out); Gary Payton II (elbow; out)

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Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies (+8.5), with Steve Adams scoring at least 12 points.

In a Game 6 on the road, we should probably expect the Grizzlies to place an emphasis on physicality and muscling the Warriors around inside. To this end, Steven Adams – one of the NBA’s most rugged and physically-imposing players – should once again play a prominent role. Though he’s far from a focal point on offense, his work as a premier offensive rebounder and in the pick-and-roll will earn him some opportunities around the basket and from the free throw line, which will both disrupt of the Warriors’ offensive rhythm, and physically punish their frontcourt defenders

With regard to who emerges victorious? I genuinely can’t tell you what I think. At their best, the Warriors can make easy work of any opponent. However, it’s proving a bit tough to shake the images of Game 5 (and, really, the entire series), and the sense that Grizzlies have the perfect blend of temperament and technique to trouble the Warriors – whether that means winning outright, or keeping things close (say, within 8 points??)