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Game preview: Golden State Warriors hunt for 71st win against Memphis Grizzlies

After celebrating an exciting victory over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, the Dubs pack their bags for Memphis to take on the Grizzlies with just three games left in the regular season.

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Matchup
Memphis Logo v4
Golden State Warriors
70-9 (32-7 ROAD)
vs
Memphis Grizzlies
42-6 (26-14 HOME)
Details
April 9, 2016
FedEx Forum — Memphis, TN
5 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN (national), CSN Bay Area (local)

Radio: KNBR 680 AM

Blog Buddy: Grizzly Bear Blues
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Jordan Farmar
Klay Thompson G Tony Allen
Harrison Barnes F Matt Barnes
Draymond Green F Zach Randolph
Andrew Bogut C Chris Anderson
Key Injuries
Kevon Looney (hip) - Out
Jordan Adams (knee) - Out indefinitely
Mike Conley (Achilles) - Out for the season
Marc Gasol (foot) - Out
P.J. Hairston (groin) - Questionable
Brandan Wright (knee) - Out for season

★★★

Team Overviews

The Warriors. After clinching home court advantage throughout the 2016 NBA playoffs, many of us can't help but notice we're three games away from beating the Chicago Bulls' 72-win record (set in 1996).

Our squad on the other hand are focusing on a bigger prize: the quest to become repeat champions. The question for many of us is how will Coach Steve Kerr play our squad the next three games? Will minutes be limited for our starters? Do they chase the Bulls 72 win record? These thoughts will begin to unfold beginning with Memphis.

Going for win number 71 tonight!

Going for win number 71 tonight!

The Grizzlies. Injuries have plagued Memphis throughout the season but with their hard work, they've respectably clawed their way into the 5th seed in this playoff race. With Mike Conley out (since March 6th with an Achilles injury), Jordan Farmar has taken the starting PG position. Big man Zach Randolph has been averaging 20.3 ppg in the last ten games and has stepped it up since the team also lost Marc Gasol to injury. He'll definitely be a threat to contain in tonight's match up.

Key to the game: Play unselfishly (as we always have!)

How did we beat the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night? There were many factors to that victory but one thing remains certain that we've done all season long and that's play unselfishly. We make things happen this way. Everyone gets a hand in the ball movement and when the opportunity is right we've got the option to make a big play, force a turnover or beat the opposition at their own game. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Highlight Predictions:

- Stephen Curry led the way on Thursday night with 27 points and 9 assists (just shy of a double-double). It's hard not to expect another incredible performance from SC30 tonight.

- Harrison Barnes had a huge night against the Spurs dropping 21 points and 8 rebounds. It's the kind of boost that will hopefully get this kid going well into the playoffs. Inconsistencies aside, he was a huge factor in Thursday night's win over San Antonio. I'm predicting another solid night for the Falcon.

- Andrew Bogut shut it down against San Antonio and has been a defensive beast since his return. A healthy Bogut is a good sign headed into post season. He's going to have one helluva match up against Zach Randolph in the paint.

- The Bench. While the mindset is to play at a competitive level these last 3 games, let's not overwork our starters or risk any type of injuries. Our bench had a solid performance Thursday night, let's get 'em a little more involved tonight so everybody isn't feeling overworked headed into San Antonio tomorrow.

Win Prediction

We got this. Road victories can be hit or miss but the momentum is on our side. The Warriors win it 115-103.

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