If any team could pull off a double-digit comeback in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, it's the Golden State Warriors: not only does the historic shooting prowess of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson give them an edge that other teams simply don't have, but they've also already made a massive comeback this postseason.
Yet by the time the Warriors got down by 18 points with just under a minute left in the third quarter in Memphis tonight, there didn't seem to be much hope: this is the Memphis Grizzlies, not an upstart New Orleans Pelicans team, and they just refused to relinquish their hold of Game 3.
The Warriors made a run in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 99-89 loss in Memphis, which now takes a 2-1 lead in the series.
Things looked especially bleak for the Warriors when Klay Thompson picked up his fourth foul with under seven minutes left in the third quarter, leaving the team without the man who did an admirable job of containing Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley by holding him to 6 points and 3 assists on 2-for-6 shooting. At that point, Golden State was down by a manageable 8 points and seemingly gaining something resembling momentum for the first time all night; by the end of the quarter, they found themselves down 18.
There were positives in the fourth that allowed them to close the gap, but they just don't seem to have any sort of consistent answers right now and face a Game 4 that is essentially a must-win.
So how are you feeling about this series?
For more on the game, click here for a summary of the Warriors' performance in the first half.