Grizzlies vs. Warriors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Grizzlies vs. Warriors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Grizzlies vs. Warriors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Memphis Grizzlies (19-14) play against the Golden State Warriors (6-6) at Chase Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday December 23, 2021

Memphis Grizzlies 104, Golden State Warriors 113 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry broke out of his cold streak for 46 efficient points and the Warriors got a win over Memphis that Draymond Green 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 wanted.
Five observations
theathletic.com/3034161/2021/1…3:44 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Warriors ran this beautiful ATO with Steph setting a screen and then getting a flare screen twice tonight and got him two wide open corner 3s. pic.twitter.com/th1tohQ9Xg3:36 AM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Story coming on Christmas Eve in @TheUndefeated. Who does Gary Payton II get his athleticism from? Actually not his @Hoophall pops. “Lil G” get it from his mama. pic.twitter.com/Db0uT2e9sA2:16 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Stephen Curry talked about what they need to do defensively to slow down the Phoenix Suns when they meet on Christmas day. pic.twitter.com/6uxmjCtKjG2:04 AM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja Morant is getting closer but late-game struggles haunt the Grizzlies for third consecutive game.
Takeaways from 113-104 loss to Golden State: commercialappeal.com/story/sports/n…2:02 AM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
The Dubs knocked down 19 threes tonight, resulting in $9,500 raised for underserved Bay Area youth courtesy of @Salesforce and @DubsCommunity.
Learn more about local organizations like @BayScholars and Hoops4Kids at https://t.co/hQI31GDXAg pic.twitter.com/NhrORUaVeD2:01 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry on his ankle twist tonight: “First one I had all year. It’s reminding me it’s still there. But it’s strong. Bounced back. Able to play the rest of the game. Don’t feel anything. So I’m not worried about it at all.” pic.twitter.com/hI9rMpOwQn1:55 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Ja Morant on the challenge of guarding Stephen Curry:
“The greatest shooter of all time. We know he’s going to make shots. You just got to make it very tough for him to get off. We had some mental lapse during the game, and he made us pay for it.” – 1:52 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Draymond Green on playing on the road consecutive years Christmas day:
“I want to spend some time at home with my kids too…If we’re playing against the defending champion, you understand, but we’re not…So now I miss my daughter’s first Christmas, and I’ll miss her second.” – 1:33 AM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Throwin’ strikes 💥
@StateFarm || Assist of the Night pic.twitter.com/2pLuLR6zb21:31 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Asked Draymond Green about a third quarter defensive sequence where he was upset at Gary Payton II.
He explained what he was getting on GP2 about, but also why he was so riled up for a Memphis game.
“This was a game I wanted to win very bad.”
The play and soundbite pic.twitter.com/G9jIY5WJ6E1:30 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron thinks he played in the best Christmas Day game ever when Warriors faced his Cavs. – 1:23 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Jenkins stays out of protocol, Ja Morant makes progress and the Grizzlies lose a close one at Golden State.
They got Curry’d by “one of the toughest covers in NBA history.” And there is little shame in that.
dailymemphian.com/section/sports…1:22 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins on guarding Draymond Green:
“It’s difficult. You want to make it tough on him. He’s an elite playmaker, so he has to choose between two things. Sometimes if you pressure up, he drives by you, but you don’t want to give him easy passing lanes.” – 1:15 AM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
46 Points. 8 Threes. Wardell Stephen Curry II.
@Under Armour Hoops || Second Look pic.twitter.com/J3Wv0FzGqg1:15 AM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. – “We are a top-level team in the league…we’re confident in ourselves…” – 1:05 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Jaren Jackson Jr.:
“We are a top-level team in this league.” – 1:05 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
I asked Ja what makes the Warriors so good in the half court. Morant says that Draymond Green has the same role for Golden State that Dillon Brooks does for Memphis, and Ja also shouts out Gary Payton II for his play. – 1:03 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. is here now. He says that basketball is an emotional game and officials understand that some. He says the goal is to stay collected and keep going. – 1:02 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant seems refreshed in his postgame media availability. He said you have to tip your hat to Curry with his shooting ability, but wishes they didn’t allow him the open looks that he got. – 1:01 AM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
“Greatest shooter of all time…We know he is going to make shots… We just have to make it tough for him to get it off…We had some mental lapses during the game and he made us pay for it.”
-Ja Morant on Steph Curry tonight – 1:00 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Damion Lee became the latest member of the Warriors to join Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins in the league’s health and safety protocol. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/22/dam…1:00 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Steph Curry (Last 12 months): 62, 57, 53, 50, 49, 49, 47, 46, 46, 45, 42, 41, 41, 40, 40, 40, 38, 38, 38, 37, 37, 37, 37, 37, 36, 36, 36, 36, 36, 36, 35-30 (17x) – 12:58 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant is here. He says that he is good and that he put in the work during rehab to be ready to go. Having faith in being healthy and being aggressive is where he is going towards. – 12:58 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies just lost their third straight game but no one behind them is taking advantage. The Nuggets and Mavs both lost and the Lakers are down 20 at home in the fourth quarter vs. the Spurs. I guess that’s the best case scenario in a loss. Still up 1.5 games for 4th spot. – 12:55 AM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
The biggest difference between the Warriors and Lakers: the Warriors look young and energetic, and the Lakers look old and like they’d prefer a running clock. – 12:54 AM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Season-high 22 points ☔️
Career-high 4 threes ☔️
Way to get after it tonight, @Garydwayne pic.twitter.com/uAN3QFcspl12:50 AM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
After the game Coach Jenkins said Steph Curry is one of the toughest covers in NBA history and said it is hard to slow him down for 48 minutes.
Curry had 46 PTS and was 8-14 3-PT FG. – 12:45 AM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Fifth 40+ point game this season for 30
@googlecloud || Player of the Game pic.twitter.com/BQhjCaPts512:44 AM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Stephen Curry drops 46 in the “Elmo” Curry 9 Flow, one of his favorites from his @SesameStreet Pack.
“Elmo is always the first that comes to mind, just cause he’s always laughing, having a good time and annoyingly positive, which is awesome,” said @Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/v87IdvDP2e12:41 AM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jenkins says that Draymond Green is tough to defend because of his playmaking skill. He also says that Curry is so elite as a shooter that despite good defensive effort Steph is “probably one of the toughest covers in NBA history…” – 12:40 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“This is like a dream come true.”
Cam Johnson on playing on #Christmas Saturday vs. #Warriors.
He remembers watching Christmas games on TV with a full belly and leaning back.
Now he’s set to play in one with his family in town as he’s is looking forward to his mom’s cooking. pic.twitter.com/BT1Osrp8GA12:39 AM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Final 📊
Stephen – 46p/4r/4a/2s
Gary – 22p/2r/1a/1b
Beli – 9p/7r/2a/1b
Otto – 8p/9r/3a/1s/3b
Draymond – 8p/5r/9a/2s/3b
Kevon – 6p/5r/2a/1b
Juan – 6p/3r/6a/2s
JK – 6p/2r
Moses – 2p/1r/1a/1s
Cheeze – 1r/2a pic.twitter.com/eD8r0ObTXe12:39 AM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Coach Jenkins said Ja Morant is looking great and he really liked the tome he set early in both halves. – 12:38 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
The Grizzlies were outscored by 33 from 3-point range and had a chance at the end.
That’s not a bad performance. That’s just getting Curry’d. – 12:36 AM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors star Stephen Curry finished with eight 3-pointers tonight versus Memphis. That puts him at 2,994 for his career. Curry could eclipse the 3K mark on Christmas Day with six triples versus the Suns. @ESPNStatsInfo pic.twitter.com/7g5CrLlh6512:33 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Hi friends. @JoeMullinax still with you, waiting on Grizzlies postgame media availability. – 12:31 AM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
on to the next. see you sunday. pic.twitter.com/bgwxBRfDLB12:30 AM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Warriors outlast Grizzlies 113-104
-Curry cooks for 46
-GP2 with 22
-Draymond with a solid all-around game
-Warriors total 19 3-pointers
-Hold MEM to 42.2 pct FG – 12:30 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Warriors defeat the Grizzlies 113-104. Stephen Curry finished the game with 46 points and 8 three-pointers. – 12:29 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Warriors win, 113-104 over Grizz. Solid game. X and Melton each had strong spurts off the bench, but Stephen Curry had one of those nights. 46 points for the MVP candidate. – 12:29 AM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Fun game. Curry is incredible. But you knew that. – 12:29 AM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Story of the game: Steph Curry, turnovers, 3-pt shooting, rebounds and pace – 12:29 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
anybody out there interested in booking me the Suns or Warriors to win the West +100 against every other team? DMs open. – 12:28 AM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Nice win for the Warriors with a challenging six-game stretch ahead and their #2 (Wiggins) and #3 (Poole) leading scorers in protocol.
Record: 26-6
Next six: at Phoenix, vs Denver, at Denver, at Utah, vs Miami, at Dallas – 12:28 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies fell short against the great Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors on Christmas Eve Eve 113-104 https://t.co/1A4tBKirVp pic.twitter.com/POpgafHRNt12:28 AM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Warriors are 26-6.
Steph finishes with 46 points. GP2 had 22 points in 34 minutes. Warriors head to Phoenix for a Christmas day showdown with the Suns. – 12:28 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
GP2 tonight:
22 PTS
9-16 FG
4-7 3P
He is shooting 46.2% from three in December. pic.twitter.com/YVVtmXCxZG12:27 AM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Gary Payton plays 33 minutes, his first time over 30 with the Warriors and one off his career-high. – 12:27 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
This Grizzlies team is TOUGH. – 12:24 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Career-high 4 made threes for Gary Payton II on a career-high tying 7 attempts, including the biggest shot of the night. They even ran a baseline out of bounds for him to get a 3 in the first half. – 12:24 AM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Curry/Payton 66 points and 12 3-pointers. – 12:23 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Curry put the game out of reach with that last bucket. He has 44 points with 18 seconds left. – 12:23 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
44 for Steph with a kiss for the crowd after that last layup. He’s been awesome tonight — but so has GP2. He just drained a huge triple that helped seal this game up. GP2 gets even more comfortable as the games go by. – 12:23 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Brooks fouled him three times on the perimeter. Love how Curry gave it up and got it right back. That’s smart hoop – 12:22 AM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Biggest offensive night Gary Payton II has had for the Warriors: 22 points, 9/16 FG, made four 3s, including the go-ahead corner 3 with 1:12 left. – 12:22 AM
Golden State Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
Gary Payton ll has a season-high 22 points on a career-high four 3-point baskets. – 12:22 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Stephen Curry – 42 points on 20 shots. Yeesh. – 12:21 AM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
18 points & 2 steals off the bench for @De’Anthony Melton 🐜 pic.twitter.com/Pe9L33om0V12:21 AM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Grizzlies keep fighting back. Love the way we are defending, attacking, and getting to the FT line! Bringing that pressure. – 12:19 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies just keep fighting. Every time the Warriors try to put them away, the Grizz make a run. The latest is a 6-0 run to tie the game at 102 with two minutes left. Melton has 18 off the bench and three steals. – 12:19 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Brooks has 4 fouls and the Warriors haven’t attacked him yet. Instead, they’re screening him with Ja Morant’s man to get a switch. – 12:18 AM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Curry closing in on 3,000 3-pointers with 8 tonight … 2,994. Might need a couple more to beat Griz. – 12:17 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Old Warriors issues vs Memphis resurfacing with 2 consecutive awful TOs by Steph and Draymond trying to find GP backdoor when nothing was there. – 12:17 AM
Golden State Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
Stephen Curry has recorded his fifth outing of 40-plus points this season and 54th such game of his career. – 12:16 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Too much Curry. – 12:15 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Interesting decision for Jenkins on which bigs to close with now. Tillman does well against GSW due to his mobility and intelligence, but gives up a lot on O. He’s going Jaren at C, Bane at the 4. – 12:15 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Fifth 40-ball for Curry of the season. Dillon Brooks has made him work. The Grizzlies have made him work. Sometimes it doesn’t matter with him. – 12:14 AM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Best Steph Curry game in awhile
42 points
12-of-19 FG
8-of-13 from 3
10-of-10 on FTs
Just put the Warriors up six with 3:25 left with a left wing stepback bomb. – 12:14 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Feels like against the Warriors, the Grizzlies make every shot, get every stop, make every play that allows them to stay close. – 12:12 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Memphis may wind up losing this game. But don’t lose sight of the long view – both Jaren and Ja are playing well, whether they’re in the floor together or when they’re separated. That’s massive for this Grizzlies team beyond tonight’s result – 12:11 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Grizzlies were 12-for-30 in the third – 12:10 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
The Warriors’ help defense is incredible. They repeatedly put guys right in the path of penetrators without giving up openings elsewhere. – 12:05 AM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Steph is just standing way out by halfcourt with Brooks just standing there with him. Both way out of the play.
That’s a win for Grizzlies, tbh – 12:04 AM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Thanks to a 110-104 win over the Magic, the Pelicans have won nine of their last 14 games.
To put New Orleans’ turnaround in greater perspective, only the Suns, Cavaliers, Warriors, Grizzlies, Bucks & Jazz have registered more victories since November 24. https://t.co/E4qweCbLii pic.twitter.com/e8MnvprqRd12:03 AM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
3⃣0⃣ knew it was good
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/LPjELiQPd612:03 AM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Judging by the blow-by on Brooks (who reached recklessly despite having 4 fourls) and the relocation-turn-and-fire, it seems Curry’s ankle is fine – 12:02 AM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Curry drains a 3, prompting a Grizzles timeout
He appears to be OK
Warriors 93 Grizzlies 87, 8:26 remaining – 12:01 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Curry now 7-for-11 from 3-point land. – 12:00 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
I have no idea how some of these shots haven’t dropped for Memphis. That Tyus Jones floater was halfway through the net. – 11:59 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
nothin’
but
net
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/C8nXdRo2AT11:56 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Looks like Steph Curry tweaked his right ankle on the last offensive possession. Staying in the game, but it’s bothering him. Re-tying his shoe tight. – 11:56 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry looked like he tweaked his right leg somehow. He’s still on the court after working it out – 11:56 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Curry takes a spill, comes up limping but stays in. R foot/ankle bent awkwardly – 11:55 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Twice Warriors have gotten Steph a wide open corner 3 with the same ATO, setting a PnR with him at the FT line followed by a fade to the corner as his man is forced to help. – 11:55 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
4th quarter otw. we trail by 1. lock in.
📺 watch on @GrizzOnBally 📺
📻 listen on @929espn 📻 pic.twitter.com/TDu4tdGJAv11:54 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Great run to end the third by Memphis. Down by one heading to the fourth quarter. I’m shockingly not sleepy yet.
IT IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE – 11:53 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Beautiful defense by the Grizzlies to end the quarter. Double-teamed Steph 80 feet from the basket. – 11:52 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Memphis’ offensive rebound rate with Kuminga on the floor is approximately 75% – 11:51 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Steph Curry is so fun to watch play basketball unless he’s playing against your team in which case GAH I HATE WATCHING STEPH CURRY PLAY BASKETBALL – 11:51 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Kyle Anderson trips into Steph Curry. And that’s the Steph Curry effect. – 11:50 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
11-3 run for the good guys from beale street. – 11:49 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Xavier Tillman WOOWW!!! – 11:49 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Playing the Warriors is tough. Playing the Warriors during a team-wide cold shooting streak is really, really tough. – 11:45 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Third 3-pointer of the night for GP2. His defense has always been there, but his offense has been a revelation as of late. Kerr is right: he’s going to have to keep finding more minutes for GP2 on the floor, even after their roster is at full strength. – 11:43 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
It was a little mistake, but costly, that GPII made. But he got an earful from Draymond, who paid the price for the error – 11:40 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Gary Payton II so far this season:
19-for-49 from 3 (38.7 percent)
70-for-90 from 2 (77.8 percent) – 11:36 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Curry is having one of those games and the Grizzlies aren’t even playing bad defense on him. – 11:35 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
that gear switch is nasty 12 💨 pic.twitter.com/fogK7NiWsZ11:34 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Grizzlies are hanging tough but the Warriors are showing why they’re arguably the best team in the NBA. Ride this wave of momentum and keep it close. Things can get out of hand fast if you let what you can’t control (officiating) throw off your focus/rhythm – 11:29 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Some tough whistles and some missed bunnies are really hurting the Grizzlies now. Gut check time down by five. – 11:29 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
GP2 keeps hitting from the outside and he’ll end up being a guy Kerr trusts in the postseason. The defense has always been there — but the consistency to hit from the outside at times has changed the way his game is perceived. – 11:29 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Gary Payton II has been a perfect fit for the Warriors this season. – 11:28 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
The Grizz are now 3/12 at the rim tonight. Many of those are missed tip-ins by Adams and Xavier Tillman. – 11:28 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Kyle Anderson got called for a T for clapping on the bench. Draymond chases the refs across the floor and gestures but that’s ok? – 11:27 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Stephen Curry is making plays for himself and others against the Memphis Grizzlies. pic.twitter.com/xBxnEGyxxw11:27 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
pick & roll perfection
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/gZ2USHxmzN11:27 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
20+ game win streaks in NBA history:
33 — Lakers 1971-72
28 — Warriors 2014-16
27 — Heat 2012-13
22 — Rockers 2007-08
20 — Capitols 1947-49
20 — Bucks 1970-71
20 — Devin Booker 2021-22 pic.twitter.com/v35WmTyDx611:25 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Curry in the midst of his most efficient game in awhile: 20 points on 10 shooting possessions early in the 3rd. – 11:23 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
These officials when they see Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/1XunmarEwW11:23 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Another technical foul. This time Kyle Anderson for clapping on the bench.
Pete and Brevin don’t get it. I don’t either. – 11:22 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Second half is starting!
Let’s get loud, #DubNation pic.twitter.com/DX1tZrvSBw11:19 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Grizzlies are up by one at the half.
GOOD –
– Jaren Jackson is being aggressive, Steph Curry is the only Warriors player in double figures.
BAD –
– They have to find ways to get Ja more involved. Grizzlies being up while he is 4th on the team in scoring isn’t sustainable – 11:07 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Grizzlies up 53-52 on the Warriors at halftime in SF. Decent offensive half from GSW without Wiggins/Poole. Five combined 3s from Bjelica/Kuminga/GP2. An efficient 16 points from a swarmed Steph Curry. Grizzlies went up 10 early. They always play well in this building. – 11:07 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Dillon Brooks is now tied with Carmelo Anthony for a league-high 8 technical fouls. Earlier this week he said he doesn’t think about technicals when playing. He’s halfway to his 16th technical, which warrants an automatic one-game suspension. – 11:05 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
An evenly matched half from the Grizzlies and Warriors. Steph has 16 for an undermanned Warriors group playing without Wiggins, Poole, Lee and Iguodala.
This would be a hell of a fun series to watch. Defensive intensity all over the place. – 11:05 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
A technical for Dillon Brooks to end the half. He’s back to tied for the league lead in that area. – 11:04 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
It’s admirable that Ja Morant doesn’t want to throw off what the Grizzlies were doing so well in his absence. He just needs to trust that the best way to do that is to be himself, which more often than not is being the best player on the court. – 11:04 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant has attempted fewer shots than four of his teammates and that’s at least three (and probably four) too many. – 11:02 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Dray ➡️ JTA
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/OjEiBKh3wp11:02 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
11 in the quarter.
1⃣3⃣ points in the game for 1⃣3⃣ pic.twitter.com/68edBaOBV210:59 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Guarding Draymond Green is so tricky. Most teams sag off and help on his teammates. I think that the best way to guard him would be applying more ball pressure. Teams sag off and he gets a clear sight to make whatever pass he wants, and he puts it on target. He has 4 assists. – 10:56 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Every time Dillon Brooks passes to an open shooter instead of taking a contested midrange jumper a duck and an angel go to the local outdoor mall to buy cool sunglasses together and enjoy the weather. – 10:53 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Draymond Green fears Ja Morant. Only logical explanation – 10:50 PM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Memphis is constructed and plays much like Warriors, which is why it’s such a good matchup … and a scary one. – 10:50 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Yeah I need Xavier Tillman to stick around in the rotation – 10:48 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Layups have been the Grizzlies’ nemesis. They’ve shot under 50% in the paint in the last 3, and shooting 35% inside tonight. – 10:39 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Rookie to Rookie
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/PpkRlG42Vm10:39 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Kuminga could get into better cardio shape. Looks pretty exhausted out there after a couple of minutes. – 10:39 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
hustle leading to hoops 💥
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/CYIT7TINvj10:33 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This Grizz lineup with no Morant, Brooks, or Jaren got the Warriors right back into it. – 10:32 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
De’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks have combined for 18. Grizzlies up 29-19 with 2:31 left in the first. Grizzlies shooting 68%. Ja looks like he trusts his knee. Can’t ask for a much better start. – 10:28 PM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Memphis on fire. Everything going in. – 10:27 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
I love when good De’Anthony Melton things happen. Good Grizzlies things usually also happen. – 10:27 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Memphis is 13-for-18 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3, and is making it look smooth – 10:26 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Chris Chiozza checking in for Steph at the 4:30 mark of the first. Steph had played the entire first quarter the last three games. The other night, Kerr noted how tired Steph has been, so him checking out now is in regards to getting his minutes lower again. – 10:25 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
MICROWAVE MELT. – 10:25 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry checks out with just over 4:30 left. Back to the rotation where he starts and finishes every quarter? – 10:25 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Me cheering for Ja Morant tonight pic.twitter.com/Hrk6cV6Fji10:25 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Grizzlies are getting much easier shots than the Warriors. They’re just getting into the paint and rising up and not getting much resistance once they do – 10:24 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
ain’t nothing over there 😂👀 pic.twitter.com/dHiX2lYhmU10:23 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja Morant talked after last game about getting that trust back in his knee to make the moves he’s used to making. I think we’re starting to see that tonight. Looks explosive and doesn’t seem to be thinking through any of his movements. – 10:21 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
I don’t know what Jaren Jackson Jr. did to every single official in the NBA to collectively piss them off so much but the ticky tack stuff has gotta stop – 10:21 PM
Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Memphis is really good. Morant is electric. – 10:21 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
COVID has cost the University of Memphis a lot of money the past week. – 10:19 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Every time Desmond Bane makes a three, an angel makes a note in their planner to call their fellow angel Desmond Bane and tell him good game. – 10:18 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Bane was working on that precise footwork before the game, starting near the FT line and popping out to the 3 point line for a quick release 3. – 10:18 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Stephen Curry is guarding Dillon Brooks, so the Grizzlies have been going to Brooks a lot early. I think it’s a big sign of respect for Desmond Bane by putting Otto Porter on him and not Brooks. – 10:17 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Otto said NOPE.
Stephen said YUP.
📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/87UUnTMoUL10:15 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Calling a Ja Morant Triple Double now. #ShootersShoot #ShowEm1210:15 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
break the seal db. let’s hoop.
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn pic.twitter.com/zyxbzK6Yp210:15 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Dillon Brooks makes both his shots early in this game pic.twitter.com/FYu8tuU4jB10:14 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Monta Ellis started his career with the Golden State Warriors and was one of the top scorers in the NBA during the late 2000s. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/30/a-l…10:00 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Lu Dort extends his 2nd longest in the NBA streak of games with a made 3.
Curry with clamps. – 9:54 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
#DubNation, where is everyone tuning in from tonight?
Stream the game live on @NBCSAuthentic 📺 – 9:45 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
FIRST FIVE OUT VS @Golden State Warriors
🥷 @Ja Morant
🦹‍♂️ @Dillon Brooks
🪣 @Desmond Bane
🦄 @jarenjacksonjr
🥝 @RealStevenAdams
@Verizon | #GrzNxtGEn pic.twitter.com/8n6DvixMHB9:37 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Grizzlies say Taylor Jenkins has been cleared to coach tonight against the Warriors. – 9:34 PM
Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
Taylor Jenkins has been cleared to coach tonight against the Warriors. – 9:33 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
yall awake? yall ready? – 9:28 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
midrange reps
@Oracle || Game Ready pic.twitter.com/33Bx7vGvjL9:26 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Konchar and Jones being available for Memphis is massive – helps the reserves immensely, especially Tyus. His steadying presence was missed on Monday. Now with Ja Morant back expect to see a more efficient run on both ends when Ja has to sit. – 9:10 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That’s it for a pregame unlike any other. Stick with us – the COVID wildfire hitting the NBA may have caught up with the Grizzlies (hopefully not – wishing the best to Coach Jenkins and anyone else impacted). – 9:03 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
According to Grizzlies PR, they plan to sent an update regarding Jenkins’ status before the start of the game tonight. – 9:03 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Rajakovic says that Steph Curry is “probably the best shooter in the history of the game” and says that Memphis must be ready for the ball movement and physicality of the Warriors on both ends – 9:02 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies assistant coach Darko Rajakovic is taking questions from the media. Taylor Jenkins is awaiting a test result. – 9:00 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
The Grizzlies are waiting for a test result from Taylor Jenkins, so assistant coach Darko Rajakovic is in for Jenkins. – 8:56 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Most points in a qtr this season.
Steph Curry (25)
Kemba Walker (23)
Seth Curry (23) – 8:56 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Thunder don’t have Derrick Favors (rest) tonight so they will be going small and starting rookie Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at center. Rookies Aaron Wiggins and Josh Giddey also join Robinson-Earl in OKC’s starting lineup. – 8:34 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
Clock in.
@MichelobULTRA || #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/oPNs7pj2gC8:31 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr says there’s a chance James Wiseman will be cleared for on court contact work sometime next week. – 8:27 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr said Rick Celebrini told him in recent days that James Wiseman could be ready to advance to on court contact next week. Wiseman has been stuck in individual drill limbo the last couple months. – 8:26 PM
Memphis Grizzlies PR @GrizzliesPR
Tonight’s pregame media availability will begin at 5:50 PT. – 8:26 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Hello friends. @JoeMullinax with you all, back on the “beat” on this Christmas Eve Eve as the Grizzlies take on the Warriors. Head Coach Taylor Jenkins will be joining us shortly. – 8:25 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr said he doesn’t anticipate either Andrew Wiggins or Jordan Poole to return in time for the Christmas game in Phoenix. – 8:24 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown is not with the team tonight. He has entered health and safety protocols, per Steve Kerr. – 8:24 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Gary Payton II will start today in place of Jordan Poole for the Warriors and will guard Ja Morant. GP has been a menace defensively this season. Going to be a fun matchup with Morant and Payton. Ja scored 30 and 35 in the last two games against Golden State. – 8:22 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Per Warriors coach Steve Kerr: Asst coach Kenny Atkinson returns tonight but asst coach Mike Brown will not. Health/safety protocols – 8:22 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Coaching news for the Warriors
-Kenny Atkinson will return to the front of the bench tonight. Been out the past month-and-a-half because of a leg injury
-Mike Brown has entered health and safety protocols. Out tonight. – 8:21 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II will start tonight against Memphis with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney, per Steve Kerr. – 8:19 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
To suggest Memphis and Golden State a rivalry is “a long ways off” according to Steve Kerr.
He pointed out the geographic difference and said they will need to play in a playoff series first. – 8:19 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Tonight’s starters:
Steph Curry
Gary Payton II
Otto Porter Jr.
Draymond Green
Kevon Looney – 8:18 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Warriors starters tonight vs Memphis
Steph Curry
Gary Payton II
Otto Porter Jr.
Draymond Green
Kevon Looney – 8:18 PM
Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Despite a slow start, the @Philadelphia 76ers climb out of a 19-point first-half hole to take a 51-51 tie into halftime.
Maxey: 11 PTS / 4-8 FG
Harris: 10 PTS / 2 AST
Embiid: 7 PTS / 5 REB
Curry: 5 PTS / 3 AST – 8:07 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Suns:
– SGA
– Giddey
– Dort
– Wiggins
– Robinson-Earl – 7:39 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault says they’re starting
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Lu Dort
Josh Giddey
Aaron Wiggins
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 7:39 PM
Golden State Warriors @warriors
The Warriors have signed free agent guard Quinndary Weatherspoon to a 10-day contract via the NBA’s Hardship Exception.
Quinndary has appeared in nine games this season for @GLeagueWarriors, averaging 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.22 steals per game. pic.twitter.com/Q7NDp0v7TE7:21 PM

Golden State Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
Warriors Sign Quinndary Weatherspoon pic.twitter.com/2sN3ETjUaU7:20 PM

Kevon Looney @Loon_Rebel5
Thank you @YetiCoinEth for sponsoring this Holiday Clinic, due to safety we look forward to rescheduling at a better time. pic.twitter.com/epb8KSvL6X7:05 PM

Golden State Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
By The Numbers | Warriors vs. Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/AFBWDUH8716:46 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers starters:
Matisse Thybulle
Tobias Harris
Joel Embiid
Furkan Korkmaz
Seth Curry
Tyrese Maxey will come off the bench. – 6:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tonight’s scheduled looked like it had some really good games. Now, the slate looks pretty blah.
Warriors-Grizzlies is the best game in terms of good teams with their players actually available. – 6:02 PM
Andrew Wiggins @22wiggins
Just #Aped in! #BAYC 8324 @BoredApeYC pic.twitter.com/DM0M3JZetl5:42 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
KD record vs. LeBron
OKC/CLE: 0-5
OKC/MIA: 4-9
OKC/CLE: 0-3
GSW/CLE: 11-3
BRK/LAL 0-0***
***Entering Christmas 🤞 – 5:33 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Doc Rivers said the Sixers like the idea of using Seth Curry at point guard moving forward on a non-emergency basis. Even brought up Curry possibly starting more games as a PG. – 5:31 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Damion Lee became the latest member of the Warriors to join Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins in the league’s health and safety protocol. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/22/dam…4:00 PM

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