‘Saw This L Coming’: Twitter Erupts as the Warriors Suffer Their First Defeat of the Season

Published 10/29/2021, 2:03 AM EDT
October 28, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the basketball against Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams (4) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors have just faced their first defeat of the season. And that too at the hands of the same team that eliminated them from the playoff contention last season i.e. Memphis Grizzlies. That is definitely bound to sting the Warriors fans who expected Curry to take revenge for their loss in the play-in tournament last season.

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Curry started the game with an impressive performance and ended up with his 36 points at the end of the third quarter itself. However, since the Grizzlies defense started heavily focusing on Curry, he could not convert any of the shots he attempted after that. Unfortunately, some Warriors fans are also attributing this fourth quarter and overtime shut out of Curry as the reason for the Warriors’ loss.

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What does this mean for the Golden State Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors had yet another powerful display from Stephen Curry. In the third quarter itself, the number 30 reached 30 points on the statistics for the game. He almost single-handedly carried the offense of this team with minimal support from Andrew Wiggins and Damion Lee. He ended the game with 36 points. 

It’s like the entire roster for the Warriors plays like role players in Curry’s presence. Or it could be Curry’s insane standards that make the others seem like role players.

October 28, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, one can only imagine how fluent and unstoppable this offense would be when Klay returns to the court. The Warriors would become a force to be reckoned with when he returns. Until then, the Warriors will look to rely on Stephen Curry to consistently deliver for their offense.

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What does this mean for the Memphis Grizzlies?

For the Memphis Grizzlies, this was a team effort on offense. While Ja Morant led the scoring for the Grizzlies, he got some significant support from Bane, Adams, and Jackson. They all scored double digits in points. However, one aspect which the team needs to work on is their rebounding. With the size of the players they have available on the floor, it is a worrying sight to see none of them had double-digit rebounds at the end of regular time.

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Nevertheless, their heart and hustle won them this game. And the front office should be extremely happy that the team was able to come back after a deficit that would make most teams lose their confidence.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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