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Preview: Warriors seeking payback on Memphis Grizzlies

How dare they eliminate the Dubs from the play-in tournament after besmirching Andre Iguodala’s name!

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Play-In Tournament Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies ended the Golden State Warriors season early last year. It’s time the Dubs got a slice of payback.

Who: Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies

When: Thursday, October 28th, 2021 @ 7PM PT

How to Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area

How to Listen: 95.7 the Game

The Warriors welcome the Grizz to San Francisco, and payback is afoot. Memphis was the team that sent Golden State packing from the play-in tournament, squelching Stephen Curry’s chance to terrorize the #1 seeded Jazz in the playoffs. Rewatching that game is excruciating; it damn near ended Draymond Green’s goodwill with the more volatile members of Dub Nation after this ill-fated buzzer beater.

Sigh. People forget Green had an 11 point, 16 rebound, 10 assist triple double on 5-of-11 shooting from the field.

But today’s a new day! The Warriors are undefeated, going perfect in the preseason and roaring out to a 4-0 start this season. They’ve retooled their roster, going for savvy and spacing to complement their Curry-Green tandem. They’re shooting 38% from beyond the arc (good enough for 6th in the NBA at the time of this writing), playing fast (7th in pace), while boasting a top-10 rebounding ranking.

They are literally running teams off the damn court, and have Stephen A. Smith speaking in hushed tones about their potential.

Meanwhile the Grizzlies are 2-2 this year with wins over the Cavaliers and Clippers, but losses to the Lakers and Blazers. They got smacked by Portland before taking their flight to the Bay. Will they have the legs to deal with a fresh Warriors squad in Chase Center?

They’ll have Andre Iguodala waiting for them there, the man who didn’t play a single game for the Grizz after being traded there by the Warriors in 2019. This didn’t please the young Grizz at the time:

Iguodala eventually ended up on the Miami Heat before returning to the Warriors last offseason. I’d bet Curry, Green, and Iguodala are taking this matchup very personally; that’s what legends do.