Stephen Curry Gives Honest Take on Klay Thompson and Warriors “Playing Angry” During Emotional Win vs Ja Morant’s Grizzlies

Published 05/02/2022, 3:06 PM EDT
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

It was the battle of the premier guards, as Stephen Curry and the Warriors took on Ja Morant’s Grizzlies in Game-1. In a high octane Western Conference semifinal, it was the Dubs who came out victorious on the day. Not by much though, as their slender 117-116 win could’ve well been reversed too. However, veteran Klay Thompson’s clutch 3-pointer in the dying minutes sealed the deal.

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In the post match chat, Thompson revealed that he played the match with “anger” in his veins. After all, it was an intense encounter, with both sides firing their shots. It was a sign of things to come, as potentially six tussles await us all.

Perhaps the incident that turned the game on its head, was the shocking ejection of GSW’s beloved 32-year-old Draymond Green. Among other things, this may have fueled an inner energy in Steve Kerr’s men. But what did Steph have to say about the emotions that were flowing?

Stephen Curry evaluates Golden State’s emotional performance in Game-1 vs Grizzlies

Ahead of the match-up, it seemed like all the clouds had descended over two men – Stephen Curry and Ja Morant. And when the elite point guards came face to face, it was entertaining to say the least.

Although Ja got the better of his opposition on numerous occasions, his 34 point showing was overshadowed by Curry’s impeccable block on him in the dying minutes. Moreover, the second half of the Splash Brothers nailed the eventual game winner, as he has on so many occasions over the years.

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Speaking about the intense clash, Curry was asked about Klay’s anger, and whether the Warriors planned on playing with such emotion. Not to forget, young Jordan Poole also put in a charged up performance, delivering 31 points. Responding to what Klay had said, the 8-time All-Star replied, “Maybe he was talking about just missing shots early, and ones that he expects to make. But whatever way you explain it, whatever emotion you tie it to, you just bring it.”

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hugs Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) after the game at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

He continued, “Obviously when Draymond went out, there’s a moment where you’re like ‘what we gonna do, how’re we gonna figure this out?’ Go in at half-time, regroup, come out, play the way that we did. Really proud of everybody and their approach to the game.”

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Can Ja Morant turn the tide in Game-2, and restore parity in this seven-match series? Or is Golden State’s experience going to be too much? Let’s wait and watch.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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