Fans Left in Absolute Disbelief as the Grizzlies Pick Apart Stephen Curry’s Warriors in Game 5

Published 05/11/2022, 11:38 PM EDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) celebrates after a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Taking out the best player from the equation generally doesn’t hold up well against a team. However, the Memphis Grizzlies changed the narrative this season. Missing out on Ja Morant in the regular season, they dominated as no one expected and barely lost any games. Now, they are keeping the same energy in the playoffs as they demolish the Golden State Warriors in Game 5.

The Grizzlies suffered a huge loss with the exit of Ja Morant after Game 3 of the series. He was at his offensive peak in the series against the Warriors averaging 38 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, and 3 steals per game. His knee injury might see him miss the entire playoffs altogether. However, that isn’t a problem for Memphis, who have often shined even without the help of their driving force.

Apr 24, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

They are in no hurry to change that storyline as they school an experienced Warriors team in Game 5.

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Memphis Grizzlies shock the Warriors despite no Morant

Memphis is one of the most resilient teams in the NBA. Even though the biggest names don’t live in the city, their talent scale matches even the best teams in the league. Each player has a clear role they fulfill with all awareness, which leads to an efficient system without their facilitator, Ja Morant. Likewise, the Warriors are facing all the effects of the Morant-less Grizzlies who are picking them apart.

Following their 20-5 record without Morant in the regular season, Memphis faltered in the clutch last game. But this time, they have left no breathing room for the Warriors.

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Going off on a 20-4 run to end the first half, Memphis is on top of their games tonight. They have completely shut down the Warriors’ shooting trio and piled on points with ease. With a lead of over 50 points in 3 quarters, they have left no chance for a Warriors comeback this time. Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, and Tyus Jones have added 21 points each to carry the offensive load for Memphis in the Game 5 encounter.

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The Grizzlies’ resolve to never give up is all on show as they shine in a must-win game at home. However, they still aren’t out of the hole just yet. With each game still an eliminator for them, the Grizzlies need to bring the same energy into Game 6 to force a series-deciding game. Do you think this young Memphis team can best the Warriors 3 games in a row? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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