Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got their new splash bro for their trio this season. Jordan Poole has complimented the Warriors roster almost perfectly. Their transitions, movements, turnovers, and runs to the rims have been in excellent coordination. Along with all that, the whole team’s ability and confidence to try out threes and jumpers is what makes the Warriors extremely difficult to stop.
The key part of the Warriors’ game plan is also the presence of Draymond Green on the court. Draymond’s influence on the game does not get in numbers, but the impact he has is immense. He runs the play and the Warriors are always free-flowing. Their runs are precise and Dray often finds the right path. Obviously, when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole combine for points, it is a treat to watch and a nightmare for the opposition.
The Warriors demolished the Grizzlies winning 142-112 at home. Stephen Curry was amazing, and so were Klay and Poole. This was the first time since 1967 that the Warriors scored 140 or more points in a playoff game.
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When they are in full flow, there probably is not a team in the league that can stop them from winning. However, their gameplay may look faulty if and when their shooters have a bad day. If their shots don’t make baskets off of forced difficult shots, it becomes ever so slightly easier and manageable for their opposition to guard them.
Tim Legler points out how Klay Thompson should play like himself with freedom
JJ Redick and Tim Legler talked about The Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors playoff series and explained why they expect the Warriors to beat the Grizzlies. Even though this was taped before Game 3, a lot of Tim’s words for picking The Warriors still very much apply. Tim also picked out how Warriors can sometimes be left vulnerable if and when their tremendous shooter does not score the basket as they normally would.
“I like Golden State to get to the finals… They are not playing their style offensively. They are helping Memphis guard them with quick, tough shots… Klay Thompson, I think he came back from his layoff. It was so obvious in the beginning. Like man, this guy’s trying so hard to prove ‘I’m back, look who I am. don’t forget about me,‘” Tim said.
“It was like man you’re, you’re just pressing so bad and it’s not the way you guys play and then he started to calm down and last month it looked like Klay again. I feel like he’s kind of back there because it’s the playoffs,” added Legler.
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May 1, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry (30) and Klay Thompson celebrate their 117-116 win against the Memphis Grizzlies during game one of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports
He continued, “I think if I’m watching film I’m Steve Kerr like this and you put in a tape of us at our best. Ball player movement, this is what it looks like. [Memphis] They’re not guarding that [Warriors at their best]. This[Warriors before game 3] makes us guardable and I think that to me is more about them than it is about Memphis.”
A former Warriors player, Tim put forth some interesting and valid points. With better ball movement, the Warriors blew out the Grizzlies in game 3. With game 4 around the corner and just live in a few hours, it seems like in full flow and best form, Grizzlies would find it very difficult to stop the Warriors.