Two of Golden State's 15 losses and one of their five home setbacks in 2016-17 came against the Grizzlies as the clubs split the four-game season series. Whether the championship hangover or their preseason trip to China messing with their body clocks and conditioning, the Warriors aren't the Warriors right now.
After #Stephen Curry felt like he was fouled on a layup, he whipped his mouth guard in the direction of an official, which earned him an immediate ejection. But their poetic style of play and the effort that other teams often exert when playing them makes for an entertaining show.
The Warriors survived an early-season scare when Draymond Green was able to return to action in New Orleans after leaving the Houston game in the third quarter with a strained knee.
Watch Lonzo Ball's 29 point, 11 rebound, 9 assist game Friday night
Who is Patrick Beverley? "'I'll leave it up to you to take him further". Now we are looking at your first game. Why? So you got to be [all hard].
The Warriors were trailing by eight points with just 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Curry lost his rag with officials and was given his marching orders. Durant had 29 points on 11-of-24 shooting, and added 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson was the only other player to score in double digits for the Warriors, tallying 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
After the game, Curry told an ESPN reporter that he did not throw his mouthpiece directly at Wall. But the rookie's contribution was minimal (no points and two rebounds).
In the Western conference, all is not necessarily better for the Warriors, surprised by the Grizzlies despite a huge Stephen Curry (37 points).