A poor sequence from the Golden State Warriors late in the first half pretty much sums up the feeling of this game.
After MVP Stephen Curry turned the ball over on a bad pass at the top of the key, three Memphis Grizzlies raced down the court on a three-on-one fast break. Curry successfully defended the Tony Allen layup attempt going the other way, but Jeff Green got an easy putback off of an offensive rebound with no other Warriors running back in transition.
Green's bucket with 3:45 left put the Grizzlies up by 17, their largest lead of the series. It almost feels like the Warriors were almost lucky to head into the locker room at halftime down 55-39.
The Warriors have simply been out-executed, out-hustled, out-shot, and flat out out-played in the first half.
Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 12 points, but once again the Splash Brothers struggled to find their touch from long range: Golden State's All-Star backcourt combined to shoot just 2-for-8 from beyond the arc in the first half. The Warriors shot just 38.1% from the field overall as they just couldn't find any sort of rhythm on offense while committing nine turnovers.
Defensively, the Warriors just couldn't stop the Grizzlies inside. Memphis' Marc Gasol led all scorers in the first half with 16 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies crushed the Warriors in the paint by a margin of 34-16 in the first half and seemed to be attack the Warriors in the post with even more aggression than we saw from them in Game 2.
Memphis' first half shot chart against Golden State in Game 3.
In short, the Warriors have been beaten down all over the court and are seemingly without any semblance of an answer.