Stephen Curry ran a pick-and-roll with Festus Ezeli, but Curry’s pass to Ezeli sailed over the center’s head… right to Leandro Barbosa for a corner 3.
Nearly everything went right for the Warriors in a 101-86 Game 1 over the Grizzlies on Sunday – Golden State’s first game since completing a first-round sweep of the Pelicans eight days ago.
“We stayed sharp in our down time and came out aggressive on both ends of the floor,” said Curry, who had game highs with 22 points, seven assists and four steals. “When you get off to a good start, it builds your confidence, and you kind of roll from there.
The Warriors have won 21 straight home games. With another contest in Oakland on Tuesday and Mike Conley’s availability still in doubt, they’re definitely positioned to keep rolling.
In Game 1, Memphis never seriously threatened Golden State, which led by at least a dozen nearly the entire second half. The Warriors were balanced with key contributions from Draymond Green (16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals), Klay Thompson (18 points and six assists) and Harrison Barnes (11 points on 4-of-4 shooting, three rebounds and three assists).
The common thread for Golden State: Everyone contributed to a well-spaced offense that created 13-of-28 3-point shooting. The Grizzlies could neither stop it nor keep up, shooting 3-of-12 from beyond the arc themselves.
It’s hard to see how that changes soon.
Zach Randolph (20 points, nine rebounds and five assists) and Marc Gasol (21 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals) had their moments, but things are dire on the perimeter without Conley. Memphis even played a while in the second half without a point guard.
This was easy for the Warriors, and in the absence of drama, their fans even found a villain in Tony Allen. The Grizzlies guard walked through Golden State’s kids dance team routine and was booed lustily from there:
Who said Memphis couldn’t be offensive enough?