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Watch Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson fight the swarming, wrestling, smashmouth Memphis defense, as the Grizzlies turn the Warriors flow offense to mud. Video from the Dec 20 2017 Grizzlies-Warriors game.

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After their hard-fought victory, the Warriors were slightly peeved at the Grizzlies defense.

For instance, Klay Thompson said in the post-game interview: “They grind it out... they hold, grab, that’s what they do... we just fought through it.”

Kevin Durant added in his post-game interview:

“That’s just how they play... being physical, trying to into the passing lanes, just trying to disrupt the offense. Bumping us off our spots... overplaying. They were just overly aggressive... They were grabbing and holding, playing physical. I was hoping [Klay would get a technical] because that dude was just grabbing his arm as he shot the ball. With all the grabbing and holding and physical play, the refs let some stuff go and that frustrated Klay.”

Here’s a video of how Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson fight the swarming, wrestling, smashmouth Memphis defense, as the Grizzlies turn the Warriors flow offense to mud. We focus on how the Grizzlies mucked up the Motion Strong Zipper play and how the Warriors countered with dive/pop backdoor cut actions.

KD and Klay against Memphis Mud

Watch Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson fight the swarming, wrestling, smashmouth Memphis defense, as the Grizzlies turn the Warriors flow offense to mud.

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Thursday, December 21, 2017

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