The Golden State Warriors suffered an unexpected and humiliating 39-point loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. It was Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, and the Warriors entered the game with a chance to advance to the next round.
However, without Ja Morant, the Grizzlies showed unreal energy — putting the game on hold early on.
Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones combined for 63 points — a three-way tie. When Ja Morant was on the sidelines, he enjoyed every moment the team showed — under the pressure of elimination.
Nick Wright of “First Things First” gave him two cents on Golden State’s disastrous night:
Even though the Grizzlies played without their best player, the Warriors passed up the chance to finish the series early. Minute reports of Morant’s serious injury surfaced; the Grizzlies were thought to be doomed because their opponent was a playoff veteran.
Now, Game 6 is necessary, and the Grizzlies’ offense has given them a much-needed boost of confidence. Nick Wright believes the Golden State Warriors will beat the Grizzlies, but the playoffs seem unlikely, as he said:
“I don’t agree with Jia. It won’t be the Grizzlies for 7 years. But you know what’s not going to happen? – This Warriors haven’t won ten more playoff games. I can’t believe it. [that] This Warriors team can win a championship. “
Golden State Warriors have second-worst playoff loss in the Stephen Curry era
In what should have been an important game for Golden State, with a chance to win the series on the road — a 12-man lineup led by Stephen Curry suffered its biggest loss so far this season.
At this level, such a large loss is highly unexpected, and the Grizzlies deserve credit for sending a strong message.
The last time the Warriors lost by a similar margin was in the 2014 playoffs — by 40 points in the opening round against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Fast forward to 2022, and even though players have been exposed to high-intensity platforms multiple times, the Warriors can’t find their footing, losing 95-134 in the playoffs.
Nick Wright went on to mention that his confidence in the Warriors winning the championship is waning, saying:
“I said earlier in the week that I lost faith in the Warriors’ ability to win a championship — it’s down to zero now. It’s like a lot of my friends’ current cryptocurrency. It used to fly high, Now we’re looking for the bottom. Blau, it’s trading at zero right now.”
Losing in this way in the playoffs could hurt team morale, however, the Warriors have a lot of experience.
The Golden State Warriors don’t have the roster strength they once had, and the young Grizzlies have been a nagging Steve Kerr so far.
The Warriors will be back at home against the Grizzlies in Game 6 and will require their star to show up immediately after kickoff.