Chris Nielsen has already given you a substantive preview of some of the key questions for Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors' second round series against the Memphis Grizzlies so you should check that out if you get a chance.
But I'm gonna hit you with some pre-game fluff courtesy of Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, who looked back on how Stephen Curry not only objected to the idea of playing for the Warriors prior to being drafted but was apparently strongly considered by the Grizzlies at the number two pick in the 2009 NBA Draft:
Austin said former Memphis Grizzlies assistant general manager Kenny Williamson, who died in 2012, had strong interest in Curry with the second overall pick. Austin, however, declined an invitation from Williamson for a workout.
The Grizzlies used the second overall pick to draft Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet, who ended up being a bust. Now Curry is playing against the Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs with Game 2 on Tuesday.
Williamson "said he needed him down for a workout to convince the owner," Austin said. " 'Without a workout, I can't get him. But if he comes in and works out, I want to push him for our No. 2 pick.' We chose not to have him go to Memphis. The two big believers were Larry and Kenny."
Um...talk about adding insult to the injury of drafting Hasheem Thabeet, who was a rather predictable bust.
Now the Grizzlies can stare a rather major mistake in the face as they try to stop Curry from leading his team to a 2-0 lead after being honored for winning the 2015 NBA MVP award in a pregame ceremony.
Official ETA for the Steph Curry-Adam Silver pregame MVP ceremony tonight: 7:30.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 5, 2015
Fun times at Oracle tonight.
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Who: Golden State Warriors (1-0) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (0-1)
What: Game 2, second round, 2015 NBA Playoffs
When: 7:30 p.m. PST
Where: Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA
How (to watch):
- National: TNT
Radio: KNBR 1050
Previous results: Game 1: Warriors 101, Grizzlies 86