If the Grizzlies are truly going to have a chance to beat the Warriors three more times in this series, which is something virtually no one expected coming in, then they’ll need to follow the blueprint they produced in Tuesday’s Game 2 win that evened things up at a game apiece.
Memphis used strong perimeter defense to limit the kind of easy looks that Golden State is used to. Stephen Curry shot just 2-of-11 from three-point distance, and Klay Thompson finished 1-of-6 from beyond the arc himself. The Warriors are going to shoot threes whether they’re contested or not, and the Grizzlies are one of the few teams left in the postseason that are equipped to make things difficult defensively.
It all starts with Tony Allen, who came away with four steals to bring his total for the series up to seven, and played the passing lane perfectly on this fourth quarter possession which enabled him to get free for an uncontested breakaway slam.